Monthly Archives: February 2014

From Aerograms to Instagram

Anyone remember ‘pen pals’? The kids your age who lived somewhere else with whom you exchanged letters about your towns, countries and lives, until one or both of you lost interest? My first pen pal was British. I saw her … Continue reading

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Shangri-La: paradise in paradise

Doris Duke was a wealthy heiress who spent a lot of money while alive, and continues to spend after her death, through the charitable foundation that carries her name. A few weeks ago, we took a tour of one of … Continue reading

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HIking Diamond Head crater

Science has recently confirmed what I think of as the full disk theory of memory. (NY Times January 21, 2013.) As we age we add tons of new experiences, but we can’t break the connections to old ones and thus have more … Continue reading

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Kamaka ukulele workshop

I had emailed for information before we left Seattle. “If you’re the only ones here at 10:30, you’ll have a private tour,” was the reply.  A friend here who’d already taken the tour cautioned us. “Not much to it,” he said. “It’s … Continue reading

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Advice for wannabe Frenchwomen

Do you want to look more like a French woman? I just finished a book that gave me the finer points on “timeless beauty, style and substance,” so I could be more French. The author, an American who has lived … Continue reading

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