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Springing into summer!

The winter in London is a long, hard, slog but by the grace of All That Is Good it is finally over.  The blossoms are out in full force and I am feeling a spring in my step.  (Perfect springy photo above courtesy of  @lost.in.ldn’s lovely Instagram feed – go take a look for a few […]

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Tumeric Tonic

Good things happen in threes, or so they say.  Bad things happen in…what?  Dozens? That’s what it feels like.  Two weeks ago I got hit with the  most incredible cold I have had since one kicked my knees out from under me during a trip to NYC in 2006.  Back then I had the luxury […]

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Elevenses. 11 AW15 must haves.

Another elevenses list…this one about things.  Just wonderful, shiny, useful, seasonal things. London stores love the AW15 designation.  Followed, soon, by SS16.  Then AW16.  It only took me three years of living here before I understood the pattern.  I’ll see if you can figure it out.  While you Google it, here is my list of […]

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Elevenses. 11 cookbooks you should own.

The Brits do it right.   Not content with breakfast, lunch and dinner they also manufactured afternoon tea as a 3pm mini-meal with tea, sandwiches and tiny cakes to hold you over until dinner.  And so that lunch did not get jealous they also threw in elevenses which is a cup of tea and a biscuit (cookie) or small cake at, well, […]

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Be Good To You

The holidays are here and in full swing.  I can tell this not because of the wreaths adorning doors and the enormous tree at my dad’s house that blocks the entrance to his bedroom (true story) but because I have an ever-present knot of stress in my shoulders giving me a Quasimodoesque  profile and the […]

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Thanksgiving 101. The list of dos and don’ts.

The Gathering to end all Gatherings is fast approaching. The menus are planned, grocery lists made, guest lists finalized, therapists consulted, vodka hidden. The time has come for Thanksgiving. The most wholesome of all family holidays. No gifts.  No chocolate bunnies. No costumes. Just food. family, friends, football, and turkey handprints. If you count a […]

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The End Is Near! Gifts for Teachers….

There are soooo many occasions during the year to be a gift giver.  Christmas, Hannakuh, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Administrative Assistants’ Day, Bosses’ Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries…man, it’s exhausting.  And that’s before your kids start school! Now you have other kids’ birthdays to consider besides your own and your nieces and nephews that, despite […]

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Lessons from Mom. And Planter’s Punch.

My mom was born in Somerville, Tennessee and moved to New Orleans at 10 when her father and mother opened a truck stop and diner just east of New Orleans.  It was called Powers Junction and it was a booming business located at a crucial east-west path from the Florida coast to New Orleans and […]

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