Enjoying the winter sun in Madrid’s Parco del retiro

Last December I was with my family in Madrid. We spent lots of time walking around and exploring, and hours in museums enjoying the collections. But the blue skies beckoned and the warm December sun led us to the Parco del retiro, a place I had been for summer visits to Spain’s capital. It was…

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In writing as in life, learn from your mistakes

“When it’s finally in print, you’re delivered—you don’t ever have to look at it again. It’s too late to worry about its failings. I’ll have to apply any lessons this book has taught me toward writing the next one.” —Eudora Welty I only just wrote about another brilliant Eudora Welty quote a couple of weeks…

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The Met’s rooftop art – New York

I’ve been a member of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for years, and it’s a place I visit often when I’m back in New York. Between the permanent collection, exhibitions and guided talks, there’s always plenty to see. But since my visits generally happen in the summer, I always make a point to…

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Book review: Bear Town

Set in a small hamlet in Sweden, surrounded by wild forest land, Bear Town is a fast, enjoyable read examining various facets of this fading town and the odd assortment of residents who populate it. Bear Town has seen better days. Once a reasonably prosperous small town, Bear Town boasted factories and blue collar jobs…

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A tale of two lakes: #Amreading lake-set novels

It was a pleasant coincidence. I finished a novel I really enjoyed, The Summer We Lost Her, by Tish Cohen, which tells the story of a slowly crumbling marriage strained further by the disappearance of the couple’s young daughter. The setting plays a big role in the novel – the Adirondack Mountains lake town of…

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Enjoying a new angle – from NY’s The Vessel

When I was back in New York with my family this summer, we were curious to see a new monument that sprung up during our absence. In the building frenzy that is the Hudson Yards neighborhood of downtown Manhattan, a new landmark has taken shape – just beside the Hudson Yards subway stop. The Vessel.…

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Hanging out in Washington Harbor

Over the past weeks of travel blogs, I’ve written about a visit to Old Town Alexandria and returning to Washington via water taxi along the Potomac. It seems fitting to include information of where I disembarked – the newly developed Washington Harbor. I first visited Washington Harbor last year, when it was just opening. A…

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