A Night at the Museum: The Louvre After Hours

October 14, 2021France

It was mid-afternoon when we boarded the ms Sapphire riverboat at a pier on the western end of Paris, and within a couple of hours we found ourselves heading back to the city. Herb and I had signed on with Tauck Tours for seven-night cruise along the Seine River, with stops along the way to … Read More

Paris in the Fall: Soaking Up the Spectacular City of Light

October 6, 2021France

 “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast The sun was reflecting off the Louvre’s glass pyramid, casting shadows along marbled monuments, dancing through … Read More

Notes from Home: On Listening to the Winds of Change

August 26, 2021Notes from Home

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt They call it the White Screen of Death. The name is a little more frightening than the actual experience, but when I opened my website to write a new blog post a few months ago, an empty white … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Packing 101 – Part 2

June 21, 2021Notes from Home

My notes for a follow-up blog post on travel packing have been collecting virtual dust in an unfinished drafts folder for almost two years. What began as an idea for a companion piece to a post called Travel Packing 101 sat waiting to be finished after we returned from our Middle East travels in November … Read More

Notes from Home: A Shot of Hope…Now What?

February 15, 2021Notes from Home

I was almost finished folding the last of the weekly laundry when Herb called out from his office, “Grab your laptop and meet me in the living room!” At another time and place, my mind would have been confused by his urgent words, but in this predictable loop of daily life in pandemic land, I … Read More