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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Enjoy Your Scots Responsibly

Sharing a wee dram at the Highlander Fling at the Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate, Scotland with Outlander actors Scott Kyle and Stephen Walters, and Grammy-nominated Susan Boyle.    I read all eight of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books in 10 days. After the first one, I called…

Battle of the Bourbons

And, no, I don’t mean the French kings from two centuries ago. I mean the decadent bourbon choices I have this holiday season. Thanksgiving always reminds me of the long, agonizing night I spent in Kentucky with some backcountry hunters, hell-bent on shooting turkeys. I survived solely…

Walking by Faith

  On the Camino Portugues, Vilo do Conde to Esposende, Portugal   I am struck again this morning by the practical faith of Europeans — no guard rails on the footbridges, no warning signs. Just the assumption that you know how to comport yourself. No walk/don’t walk…

Sex and the (Mature) Single Girl

  I’m not ashamed to admit it: I still read Cosmo. I am, however, ashamed to buy it in the grocery store. (They cancelled my subscription recently. Apparently my name came up on some AARP Wikileak.) So I send my daughter to buy it. Or I steal it…

Hurry Up! A Woman on the Verge in South America

One summer, I spent a month eating, drinking and hiking my way through three countries (Paraguay, Chile and Argentina). I learned how to order salad in Beef County; I learned to stand my ground with Argentine taxi drivers; and most surprisingly, I learned how very American I am. When I…