Top 10 Beach and Pool Days

Ahhh, travel dreaming.  In this age of international lockdowns and quarantines, we are all dreaming of being somewhere else. Anywhere else. So, with my travel friends posting dream trips right now (and with an April snowstorm keeping us indoors), here are my Top 10 Beach and Pool Days (in no particular order). Seabourn Odyssey off... Continue Reading →

#notes200in2020! #art200in2020 Will you join me?

With a May Update about how many amazing notes and calls and emails and texts I've received back!

Luxury Cruising Tips

All-inclusive cruising at its best. My wonderful friend Becky Lukovic of Bella Travel Planning recently posted her cruise tips for terrific cruising on large-ship lines. (She's in Alaska right now!) Of course, because they're a little different, I sent her my personal cruise tips for ultra-lux lines. Ultra-lux cruises generally feature smaller ships, fewer passengers,... Continue Reading →

The Four Times I’ve Seen Notre Dame* or How Tragedy Can Create Community

*with apologies to Dave Chappelle On April 15, we watched Notre Dame of Paris burn. As the flames spread, we all prayed the structural integrity of the building would hold and contemplated the very possible loss of the finest example of Gothic architecture in existence. We watched as the spire crumbled and cried. And then... Continue Reading →

Planning a Trip to Mexico City: Europe without the Jet Lag

I was first in Mexico City when I was 12 years old.  My parents were part of a group of private pilots who flew together touring Mexico over the Christmas and New Year holidays. A friend of theirs, a former airline pilot from Guadalajara, arranged the trip and served as private guide and local fixer. ... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Churches of Nesebur

If you've ever considering exploring the Black Sea, I highly recommend it.  (Secondarily, I high recommend cruising also which is how I ended up there in fall of 2015).   Truly, it wasn't really a place that had occurred to me to visit -- and other than great shots of Baku in James Bond films, the... Continue Reading →

Prepping for an Art Show

In our professional lives, we're all very used to validation. Some of us seek it! Are we doing the right deals? Making our sales numbers? Accumulating our billable hours? We stress about annual performance reviews because it's positive feedback -- often with "constructive criticism", but whatever. (Another post about how terrible leaders rely on performance... Continue Reading →

The Ceilings of Chicago

In mid-October, I was in Chicago for a week helping with the national meeting for an organization of which I'm a member. While it was a whirlwind of food, wine, friends, and meetings, it was also a showcase of the best Chicago has to offer! Not only did we enjoy an incredible gala at the... Continue Reading →

Celebrating the Finish

Growing up in a crafty household made it hard not to adopt a project mentality myself.  My mother always had a project -- cooking, flower arranging, gardening, sewing, and later embroidery. She thought it was important I pick up some skills, too. Cooking (liked it), sewing (hated it), art (terrible at it), dance (pretty good... Continue Reading →

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