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Dancing on Top of the World

My Bhutan itinerary didn’t include any dance viewing which I casually mentioned to our group leader. Eureka! Towards the end of the trip he announced that there was a festival at the Dochula Pass where we would be en route … Continue reading

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Yakkety Yak

When friends heard I was headed to Bhutan, many asked “where is it?”  Very understandable as this tiny Himalayan kingdom, sandwiched between China and India, only opened to tourism in 1974 and regulates the number of visitors by imposing a … Continue reading

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Pogo

 The only possible recipe is tuna on a bed of tears  

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Who Was Sylvia?

    The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, (with an entrance that looks—but isn’t—impassable due to nearby construction), has been around for one hundred and twenty five years. The Grolier celebrates books and prints and was one of the … Continue reading

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Blueish

Visiting a college friend in New Haven, I was warmly welcomed both by her and co-host, Beau. Beau is a Papillon, (note the butterfly-shaped ears): he is also the only dog I know who spurns food. Weight Watchers would find … Continue reading

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Frankly Speaking

Frank Lloyd Wright changed the way we build and the way we live. Visiting Kentuck Knob and Fallingwater, both in western Pennsylvania south of Pittsburgh, I came away with greater appreciation for his work and a better sense of the … Continue reading

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Lost and Found in D.C.

Lucky me—on my Labor Day weekend jaunt to Washington, D.C. I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the House and Senate. Back in the day either I zoned out during Social Studies or décor wasn’t mentioned because I didn’t anticipate the … Continue reading

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Back to Wonderful Vermont

To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, it’s been a not- so- quiet few weeks in Manchester, VT where I rented a house. The place is incredibly comfortable but has the look of “designed by the cat, built by Grandma”—eight chairs where four … Continue reading

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Hizonner

New Yorkers to the core, a friend and I went on a tour of Gracie Mansion, home of NYC’s Mayor. Too bad that the docent shepherding us was both uninformed and so dull she could have made being inside a … Continue reading

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Edna

As in St. Vincent Millay who called herself Vincent. She would have turned 125 last February 22nd; it’s also the 100th anniversary of her graduation from Vassar College, my alma mater. I was invited to a celebration of her life … Continue reading

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