Everything I Know About Travel I Learned the Hard Way

I’ve not traveled as much as I would have liked, but I have flown to Europe three times now, most recently Italy for Slow Food’s Terra Madre conference. Four months earlier a friend invited me to Hawaii. My  return trip to Italy resulted… Continue Reading


Pumpkin Pancakes to Light Up Smiles

Cool, crisp mornings are perfect for long, lingering breakfasts.  I love brewing a big pot of Peet’s coffee while I make my family a big breakfast that we can nibble on throughout the day. One of our favorites is pancakes.  (Food for… Continue Reading


Italy’s Happy Memories Lessen Travel Angst

I’m home from Italy now. For a few frustrating days I wondered whether I’d be spending Christmas in Europe. On my attempt to get home I missed four flights in 96 hours. The first missed flight was due to Hurricane Sandy, the initial… Continue Reading