Great bread, Phoenician ruins and lost stuff: the first few days of my European adventure

The good news: I'm eating bread without getting sick. I don't have a bread picture. This sea bream was my first entree in Sardinia, presented by Julio, who has worked in Australia & Ireland and would like to come and work in the US. The bad news: My alpaca shawl* and ipod* got lost in … Continue reading Great bread, Phoenician ruins and lost stuff: the first few days of my European adventure

On my way, featuring the Amy Waldman who isn’t me & not a single photo

Greetings from Seat 6A and the Milwaukee-to-Toronto leg of my Grand European Birthday Adventure.  I consider it a good omen that my seat number is the same as mine & Debby’s favorite road in Cape Cod. It winds (to paraphrase a famous song about another road) from West Barnstable to Provincetown. On the West Barnstable … Continue reading On my way, featuring the Amy Waldman who isn’t me & not a single photo

Magic hats and appendices: Let the packing commence!

On Labor Day here in the US, I began piling up what I want to bring on my Big European Adventure, commencing Friday. “Want” is not an accidental adjective. Some of what I pile up is not going to make the cut. That said, I have put a fair bit of thought into what I’m … Continue reading Magic hats and appendices: Let the packing commence!

Two weeks & one carry-on, aka ‘overpacker rehab’

There’s a lot to be said for living in the moment, but for the past few months, I’ve been spending intermittent intervals of time (and a pile of money) on my future.  I am not talking about retirement. I’m talking about two weeks in Italy and France. It’s my first trip to the Continent and … Continue reading Two weeks & one carry-on, aka ‘overpacker rehab’

How to turn 60 & go to Europe: be my sister’s sister

For the next few weeks, welcome to my travel blog.  When I turned 50, I threw a girls-only sleep-over party. Dinner and breakfast were both co-ed affairs, with invitees welcome to show up for either or both.   It was a glorious event, held at a friend’s mansion-turned-law-office. (You can see photos here.) Judy (who flew … Continue reading How to turn 60 & go to Europe: be my sister’s sister

Betty, Who Ran Out of Lives Too Soon: A Cat Tale, with Claws

So, it’s been awhile since I blogged last and the only thing I’m going to say about that is that I’ve missed it.  Also, a lot has happened in the world. The Amazon is burning. Today, in advance of his trip to the G7 this weekend, the Orange Nightmare threw the stock market into free-fall … Continue reading Betty, Who Ran Out of Lives Too Soon: A Cat Tale, with Claws

John Forster’s pitch-perfect musical response to Admissions Scandal… 26 years before it happened

Note: I took a couple of weeks off to hang out with out-of-town family and work a lot, but will be back next Sunday with some sort of story....here's a brief and entertaining (thanks to John Forster) take on the college admissions debacle. Wait!? You got a Ph.D. and an MD, you took all your … Continue reading John Forster’s pitch-perfect musical response to Admissions Scandal… 26 years before it happened

Neighborhood readers talk books, eat cake: ‘Resistance Women’ Part II

What a couple of weeks it’s been.  Fifty people, including members of the Macy-Huffman and Mossimo-Loughlin families were charged with screwing deserving college applicants out of admission to schools where they may have thrived. It would have been the talk of Sunday shows in the US, but for the white male horror show at a … Continue reading Neighborhood readers talk books, eat cake: ‘Resistance Women’ Part II