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WAKING MEMORIES AND DREAM RESIDUE

Mercury is in retrograde, which is the only explanation I can find for this funky mental state. I keep having moments of chill clarity, somewhere between deja vu and memory. It happens unexpectedly, like a rainbow when there’s barely been a drizzle. Or maybe it’s more like those days when the air is impossibly clear […]

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ONE PERFECT DAY IN NYC WITH FOX

It was an absurd trip to agree to. One day in Manhattan is not close to enough. But one day is better than none. So for the same reasons we went to Rome and Paris for one day, we went to New York. My son, Fox, is 9.  A perfect age for the city. Manhattan […]

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STEPPING OUTSIDE MYSELF IN ARROYO TRABUCO

  I lived in my house for ten years before discovering the other world that is not half a mile from my front door. Ten years! How does that happen? How did I not know? Just a few hundred yards from my own front door is the trailhead that dips into an arroyo full of ancient […]

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TRIPPING IN THE COSMOPOLITAN

On my recent trip to Las Vegas I had dinner (twice) in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. To get to and from the restaurants I had to walk through the lobby.  It stopped me in my tracks. It’s hard not to be jaded after your tenth trip to adult Disneyland. Bigger fountains, more lights, yadda, yadda. What […]

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GOING HOME TO GRACELAND?

I’ve never been an Elvis fan. Nobody in my family has. Growing up we had racks full of records in my burnt-orange shag-rugged den. None of them were Elvis records. I’m not sure why that was. Perhaps it was the age of my parents, who were already married with kids by the time Elvis rocked […]

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A THOUSAND STORIES IN A DAY: POMPEII

Note: This post originally aired as a review on Momfluential.net.   Up until recently I’ve been a DIY traveler. I enjoy the research that comes before reaching a destination, and the challenge of taking public transportation and the satisfaction of “discovering” things as I go. I may be able to (happily) walk for hours in […]

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TWELVE HOURS IN PARIS

 Note: This post was originally published on my other site For the most part I prefer my flights direct. Even on a flight as wonderful as our Air France Jumbo Jet… Just get me there. One and done is how I like to fly. Layovers in Europe are the exception. I have to touch down […]

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SHOPPING IN JERUSALEM AT MAHANE YEHUDA

If you’ve ever had a fantasy of visiting an ancient marketplace, but loathe time travel, this is the place for you. Mahane Yehuda is an ancient market in a modern world. It is a place where you can buy everything from candy (in bulk) to underwear, socks and rubber chickens. There are alleyways packed with […]

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DISNEYLAND NATIVES

What is it like to grow up at Disneyland? To know every corner of the park as well, or better than the swings at the playground on your corner? Ask my kids. They, and their friends, and the children of so many bloggers that I know, have grown up in Disney Parks. They are there […]

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