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Field Trips


Me and My Gal Pals

Friends can literally make or break a person’s life. Sure, we’re all strong and semi- self-sufficient, but when push comes to shove, having a friend who cares makes all the difference. The other night, my gal pals and I got together. Excitement, chatter, and lots of smiles prevailed. Some came straight from work, others brought…


Even the Good Life Has Bumps in the Road

It’s not easy being moi. Required to complete a number of lectures this week, my son and I hurtled down the highway before the crack of dawn to visit yet another city, participate in seminars, and set off for our second house. At the dacha, we had more command performances for that evening. “Ouch!” I…


Our Second Son Steps Out in Art

You all know about Petya, 17.5, recent high school grad headed for college in the fall, great internship-part time job, with another part-time job on the golf course which is his second-favorite sport after tennis. He’s got stuff going on right and left. His younger brother, not so much. Pasha is the same age, from…


Off to the Lavender Fields-!

So we took our little getaway to the south of France. Well, alright, it seemed like Provence, yet it was about an hour outside of DC. I had written earlier about whether to try visiting this lavender farm or not: http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/to-the-lavender-fields-or-not/. And so, we decided to go. As usual, laboring under a time schedule, we…


To the Lavender Fields… or Not?

Decisions, decisions… to go or not to go? May this be my biggest conundrum in life, whether or not to visit the lavender fields. In the middle of summer, from mid-June to mid-July, it’s lavender season. I wish we were talking about the south of France, une bonne idee, mais, c’est dommage, we’re referring to…


A Drive in the Country

Perhaps if you live in the country, you might want to get away to a big city for a change.  For us urbanites, a drive in the country is just the thing. We had sold the kids on a staycation, because the rest of us, namely their two parents, have things to do during spring…


Kids’ Team Sports

I am trying to avoid the high school tennis matches this year.  It’s not that I don’t want to be there for my son, I do, I really do.  But another father recently told me that I couldn’t say, “Good shot,” or anything, or else we might forfeit the match. My son was winning against…


Young Daughters of Privilege

With two teen sons and two teen daughters of our own, I gravitate toward other teens and young adults in the news, whether to learn or lament over their “example”.   Currently, two well-publicized daughters spring to mind, the first demonstrating a clear sense of entitlement and the second, almost exactly the opposite. Enter Rachel Canning,…


A Mid-Winter’s Conservatory

I was meant to live in the nineteenth century on an estate in the English countryside.  During the cold and frigid days of winter, I would resort to my glassed-in, Edwardian, botanical conservatory, where various specimen plants could be arranged for display. The warmth of a hothouse.  The fragrance.  The quiet.  A delight to the…


Mohammed’s Old City Pizza

Almost 40 years ago, Benedetto was a young college student working in Israel for the summer when he stumbled upon Mohammed’s bakery.Cats wandered in and out at will, and characters appeared at all hours of the night, since he often baked while the rest of the neighborhood slept.  It was the perfect place to eat,…

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