Paris, Shakespeare, and Lily

For the next several weeks, the editor will be gallivanting all over Morocco. Rather than give you, our Dear Readers, time off, she decided to climb into the WayBack Machine and pull out some favorite posts from long ago. Not Reruns, not Leftovers, but tasty treats to savor again. This time it’s Susan’s nostalgic 2013 […]

Lily and the Octopus: A Story of Love and Loss

When my husband and I married in 1964, one of the first things we did was buy a dog. Not just ANY dog, but a dachshund.  Originally, we had yearned for a basset hound, but the  couple next door to us in our first apartment had one, and his feet were bigger than mine.  So . […]

A Fond Look at the Galapagos Islands, Then and Now

I am not a particularly adventurous person. Saying that, and not really knowing what I was in for, I agreed to accompany a good friend on an eight day cruise to the Galapagos Islands last October. Since I had never been on a pleasure cruise before, the experience was eye-opening to say the least. Every […]

Eloise Living Large at the Plaza

“I am Eloise.  I am six.  I am a city child.  I live at the Plaza.”  And so begins the intriguing, zany, wonderful story of Eloise, written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.  This book was given to me in the late 50’s, and, I’m delighted to report,  has become a three generation must-read for me, […]

Light of the World: A Memoir of Loss and Continuing Love

This amazing memoir begins with tragedy—Ficre Ghebreyesus, husband of renowned poet Elizabeth Alexander, dies suddenly of a massive heart attack while on a treadmill at their home just four days after his 50th birthday party.  Although it may be categorized as a “grief memoir,” Light of the World is not a book that dwells solely on the […]

Thomas Jefferson’s Amazing Library

While I was visiting Washington D.C., one of  the highlights of my time was spending the afternoon at the Library of Congress, an elegant, imposing building with architecture based on the Opera House of Paris.  The interior is simply breathtaking—every kind of artwork you can imagine is on display—you hardly know where to look, as there is such […]

Hilary Mantel Re-invents the Historical Novel with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

British writer Hilary Mantel has taken the literary world by storm by writing back to back award- winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, which have not only sold in huge numbers but have been developed into a highly touted PBS series and Broadway stage plays.  Although she has been made a Dame of the […]