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And that's been my life: As a travel writer for over 30 years, I've been around the block (more like around the world), and I write true stories about interesting people and places. (Check out my travel site, Travels With Lea.)
I've lived an unconventional life in conventional trappings. Been a corporate VP, worked with foster kids, acted in an Indie ("Nurse 1"), was on Jeopardy!.
I've been managing editor of a travel publication, written for the Times, and authored books. OS is my home, but I also blog on The Huffington Post, and I've contributed (mostly anonymously) to everything from encyclopedias to guidebooks.
Married young, divorced late; married late, widowed early, I dated lots in-between -- and survived a scary illness. After being happily, peacefully solo for many years, I'm now happily married again.
I founded and still edit www.sololady.com, a lifestyle Website for single women. I'm truly grateful for each precious day, each well-earned wrinkle, my family, my cat. Truth, laughter, friendship, late love. And this blog -- on this wonderful site!
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We’ll get to the famed fellow who gifted me with good jewelry an hour after we met (24-carat gold, thank you very much). But first, a few other reflections of two trips to Rio, that heartbreakingly beautiful and beautifully heartbreaking city,/… Read full post »
I twirl around you.
Your hands guide my hips from below.
Slow … yes … faster. Yes!
Failure to repent is much worse than sin. One may have sinned for but a moment, but may fail to repent of it moments without number. Chasidic saying
Today on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Jews around the world repent for the past year's sins, wiping the… Read full post »
solitude, overlooking a herring weir, off a cliff in the Bay of Fundy
It’s the flu season and breaking news is that the H1N1 (“Swine Flu”) virus can be moderated with one inoculation. But the ever-present UR1HTR virus (also called “hate flu” or “Republican flu”) h… Read full post »
My name is suzy, In search of a man who understand the meaning of love as Trust and faith in each other rather than one who sees love as the only way of fun, but a matured Man with Nice Vision of what the world is… Read full post »
This summer was weird, including an affair in Argentina (not on the Appalachian trail), a Michael Jackson death probe as strange as his life, and moments when men brought guns to Presidential speeches and bit a finger at town meetings.
Thankfully Labor Day marks a turning, when school starts,… Read full post »
(Several pieces lately have alluded to blogiversaries on OS, including ones most recently by Chuck Stetson and Padriag Colman. Each reflection adds its own take on what OS means to us and how it's evolved during our time here.
I wrote this last week, but on that day… Read full post »
As I read the obituaries about Edward Kennedy's death, I feel great empathy. My late husband, Chaim Stern, was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July, 2001-- the same type of aggressive tumor that killed the senator. And so I'm moved to post again a tribute to my brave Chaim.… Read full post »
I’m so disappointed about the tenor of the healthcare debate, worried about Afghanistan and other hot spots and generally pessimistic about the sanity of many of our congresspeople and their constituents.
So what do I do to further the public discourse? Well,… Read full post »
Many of us who grew up in the era of "Mad Men" can look back at similar office experiences. (Silkstone wrote a vivid portrait of her office days: here.)
After watching the first episode of Season Three, I reflected back on two of… Read full post »
President Obama says the worst might be over. The market is rising and unemployment has stabilized. But for many of us, it will be a long-haul back to recovery.
I’ve had a roller coaster financial life: well-off (early) and scrappy and single (later) and everything in-between.&nb… Read full post »
The movie Julie & Julia, and my recent trip to Paris where much of this movie is set, reminded me of how huge a role Julia Child played for those of us who learned to cook in the 1960s and 70s. Her Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes/… Read full post »
Manhattan's only Frank Gehry-designed building, from the High Line
No, it isn't cocaine. The High Line is a flower-filled ribbon of new parkland created from the unused elevated freight lines that ran downtown along the Hudson. I recently strolled there with my granddaugh… Read full post »
my front door in Somers, NY --see my reflection in the glass?
Many in this awful economy, and on OS, are suffering more than I, but because of poorly managed fixed-income equities I’ve just had to sell the Westchester County condo that I bought when my husband… Read full post »
So where are the many reports on the Las Vegas long weekend? The fun started five days ago. There was no live-blogging. There are few details so far. We are waiting.
Spotted and Buffy have written short reports. And now Cartouche has teased us with a preview, but where are… Read full post »
Tuesday night in New York was a bummer, with thunderstorms and hail. But Wednesday was glorious, with a high of 80, low humidity and a slight breeze. And lucky me, I had a delightful open-air date with three great OS guys.
Crisp shadows and fleecy clouds on the NYC… Read full post »
My frequently "adopted city," Ottawa, when I traveled in past years
I'm proud that we elected Barack Obama, and proud of how most of the world feels about that. But in recent years, things haven't been that easy for American travelers going abroad.
Having been… Read full post »
"Hialeah." That was the joke I had to endure throughout my childhood, although I don’t think I was named for that Miami track filled with flamingos. But then again, I might be. I could be. Oh it's probably true, but my parents were afraid to admit it.… Read full post »
Two icons, opposite in almost every way, both died too young on Thursday. Ironically, Michael Jackson called the series of concerts he was planning in London, "The Final Curtain Call."
From USA Today:
The cause of Michael Jackson’s premature death wil… Read full post »
Generally, it’s a couples’ world, and you notice it as you travel the world. But I felt it most vividly years ago when I was dropping my son off at college in upstate New York. Driving back home, I passed The New York State Fair. I had… Read full post »
(Anne Frank by Werner Horvath)
Peter Wilhelm Art Center in Budapest will honor Anne Frank's 80th birthday with an original artwork exhibition this month
(The shooting by an antisemitic 88-year-old man at the Holocaust Museum in Washington is a reminder that antisemitism… Read full post »
I've said that dozens of times when I look at a post I have just sent out: I haven’t told anyone else that in my entire life, so why did I spin onto the Internet? And under my real name, and my photo, no less. And now… Read full post »
"I had a dream my life
So different from the hell I’m living,
So different now from what it seemed.
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed."
-- from I Dream a Dream, Susan Boyle's chosen song for her audition and finale
Like millions… Read full post »