Good company or the best?

“My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’ ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion

Too many cookbooks? Is that possible?

I love cookbooks, but they can take up a lot of space and be quite expensive. I love cookbooks. I read them like novels (see “Cookbooks that Read Like Novels”). But, at $25-35 a pop, it doesn’t always make sense to buy the cookbook just to read it or try a recipe or two. So,…

Listen.

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Travel journals

Most seasoned travelers I know keep a journal of their trips. But, no two travelers journal exactly the same way. I think a traveler’s journal reveals much about the traveler. My first trip to Europe, and my first “big” tour ever was in 2005. I was a teacher, co-leading a group of teenagers on a…

WTH is an acupressure mat? Therapy. Painful, relaxing therapy.

Well, relaxing may be an overstatement, at least in the beginning. But, acupressure mats help me treat back and neck pains at home, and all I have to do is lay down. A few weeks ago, after loading, unloading and putting out 40 bags of mulch in one afternoon, my shoulders and back were sore…

The Netherlands

We are supposed to be on a plane right now. Destination: The Netherlands. But, with travel restrictions still in place, like so many others we have had to postpone until another year. So, instead of sitting at an airport departure gate, I am going through photos from my first trip to the Netherlands in 2014…

Vivino… The only wine app you need (now).

Several years ago I wrote about different apps to help you track your wine and get great wine suggestions (“Love vino? Try these apps“). Since then, I have found the only app I need – Vivino. With wine suggestions, reviews, and a place to track my own cellar, it’s one app that does it all….

Be still. Let life happen.

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman

Cookbooks that read like novels…

I love cookbooks. I love cooking. But, most of the recipes I read I will never make. So, why do I read so many cookbooks? Food and memories are connected. I’ve said that before. But, food and history are also connected. Food and travel are connected. Food and evolution are connected. Food and health are…

Wine bottles for your plants?

One of the easiest hacks I have come across is a DIY drip irrigation for pots. Today, I set up self-watering bottles for my tomato plants in my raised beds. This simple hack repurposes screw-top wine and plastic bottles in three easy steps. Place the lid of the bottle flat side down and either use…

Your sister life

“I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.” – Cheryl Strayed

Food and memories.

I truly believe that food and memories are so intimately connected that the tastes and flavors of a good meal become snapshots in our life’s album, whether we Instagram them or not. Croque Madames and creme brulee with a Kir are Paris to me, as are rotisserie chickens and fresh produce at the street markets….

What are your food memories?

I’m working on a post about food and memories and how they are connected. What food brings up memories for you? Share below!

When you find Europe, and yourself, in Bruges…

In 2014, I spent a few days in Belgium. Brussels is gorgeous, that was apparent, but the vibe was decidedly American while I was there. I wanted Europe. I wanted Belgium. So, I took the train to Bruges, where I found Belgium, found Europe, and found myself. I had just spent a week traveling Germany,…