I recently returned from a 12-day culinary odyssey to Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid with 11 other delightful people. I took more than 1900 photos, which is a direct reflection of the great time I was having, more than of my photographic skill. I could bore you with endless tales of fine dining, Continue reading
Tomorrow, I’ll be flying to Chicago and then on to Barcelona, for 12 days submerged in a Flavors of Spain experience, a custom-designed trip developed by some very fine folks at KJZZ Radio in Phoenix.
From moment to moment, I’m very excited and slightly terrified. Mostly because flying alone makes me crazy and unusually religious. But really because I know this is a life-changing trip. Continue reading
Last weekend, we had the good fortune of visiting Walla Walla, Washington for two days with the noble purposes of tasting local wines and spending time with our good friends, Wendy and Brian. Just show up, taste wine, and repeat. Continue reading
It all began innocently enough.
A friend of ours recently underwent a grueling 10-hour back surgery, when it was expected to only be 6 hours; only by comparison does a 6-hour surgery seem like “not so much.” You can imagine the mental and physical state of the surgeon at the end of it all. And the anaesthesiologist. And her husband, Jim. And, last but certainly not least, our friend, Stella.
We thought to ourselves, “We should take them a meal or something.” Continue reading
I couldn’t help think about my dead mother, as I spent too much time in the dentist’s chair today. She died ten years ago this month, unexpectedly. And while I didn’t expect this flashback during my semi-annual bloodletting, Continue reading
In a well-known scene from Groundhog Day, Bill Murray as Phil Connors, uttered these heartfelt words:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had to set an alarm. That’s because I used to be able to sleep. But now, my dogs have successfully hijacked my early morning hours. And by early, I don’t mean 5:30 a.m. I mean from 4:00 a.m.-on.
The complexities of this early-morning ritual are intricate Continue reading