December 22, 2018


“Hello, my lovely,” said the saleswoman at the furniture store.

“Thank you, my lovely,” smiled the Tamar Bridge toll-lady. 

“There you are, my lovely,” chirped the waitress at the National Trust cafe counter, as she presented two steaming mince pies a...

November 12, 2018

It was tough getting to sleep. It had been a perfect day, until now. I felt like an idiot. I wracked my brain, trying to reconstruct events. I had brought our carry on bag in from the car in Strasbourg and… left it behind the bathroom door in our hot...

October 29, 2018

First off, welcome back. I know at least one of you has been on the edge of your seat, wondering how the rest of this summer’s romantic comedy will end. (You know who you are). Secondly, my apologies to director Stanley Kramer for blatantly appropria...

October 15, 2018

Well, here we are again, another fall. Not that I mind, of course. I’ve always loved fall; leaves turning, a sudden nip in the air, a new school year starting. When I was a kid, going back to school often meant being confronted with a loathsome first...

June 11, 2018

Last week, Marion and I traveled to Concord, Massachusetts, a town which the U.S. Census Bureau refers to as part of “Greater Boston.” To refer to Concord as merely a Boston suburb doesn’t do it justice. To the casual eye, Concord is like many other...

December 11, 2017

“And so this is Christmas… and what have you done?” Well, to answer John Lennon, quite a lot in 2017. Musically speaking, I released a blues album, “Goin’ To Clarksdale,” and a Christmas single, “Run Rudolph Run” b/w “Silver Bells,” all available exc...

August 21, 2017

If ever there was an “all American” place, it is Vermont. That is not to say it’s the most “all American” or only “all American” place, but it certainly qualifies for the list. Vermont was the home of the great American poet, Robert Frost, and that m...

July 21, 2017

In 1960, novelist John Steinbeck decided to make one last trip across America. He was 58 years old, in poor health, and close to the end of his life. It had been twenty-five years since he had travelled extensively in the U.S., and, in light of the f...

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