Tag Archives: Culture

Confessions of a Reluctant Flasher

Today, we inadvertently flashed the pool man at our villa. I swear it was completely accidental!  I had hopped into the rain shower after a most satisfying workout at the gym. I had hiked up instead of taking a shuttle … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman when I watched the movie, “Scent of a Woman,” a 1992 sleeper hit that starred Al Pacino and introduced Chris O’Donnell, Mr. Hoffman, and Gabrielle Anwar to us.  It has since been included in … Continue reading

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Delia’s Christmas Manners

Delia Ephron has written an Op-Ed on the NYTimes about Christmas Manners in this era of extreme diversity we now live in.  She promises to “answer questions for those tricky situations we all face at this time of the year.” … Continue reading

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Play Tea Time!

While visiting my sister-in-law sometime in April this year, she showed us a Chinese tea basket where traditionally, the teapot and some cups were kept. The basket was generously padded to keep the tea hot as long as possible. She … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood Memories, Chinese Tea Basket, Chinese Teapot, DPChallenge, Favorite Toy, Grandparents | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

De-Nudifying San Francisco

It seems that the issue of nudity has reached such clandestinely extreme levels that San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has introduced legislation to regulate it. According to the news, the legislation proposes to “make it illegal to walk around nude … Continue reading

Posted in Califorina, Castro District, Culture, Equality, First Amendment Rights, Freedom of Expression, gays and lesbians, Nudity, San Francisco, Sex, social issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Green and Raw

I have to eat a salad of fresh greens at least once a day.  I find that when I have to go for more than one or two days without it, I get these tremendous withdrawal symptoms and I can … Continue reading

Posted in Food, France, French Food, Nice, Salade Nicoise, Salads, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

I Will Be More Present

There are some changes that need to be incremental.  The kind that does not feel too drastic, jarring to one’s sensibilities or unconscious.  These are small steps moving to a long-term betterment, or so we hope.  I’ve been mulling over … Continue reading

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Waiting Room Stories

Last week, I was sitting in a half empty waiting room while my father was having his hearing tested.  I had finished filling all the information and HIPAA forms when I glanced up and saw a pleasant-looking elderly gentleman smiling … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Child, Divorce, Doctor's Appointment, Doctors, Elderly Care, Family Members, Family Time, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Issues & Trends, Kids, Letting Go, Life Choices, Life Stages, Parenting, Parents, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Namesakes

I’m not sure if the practice of naming one’s offspring after one’s self is still customary these days but when I was growing up, I often encountered an acquaintance, classmate or friend who is named after one of his/her parents … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Family, Family Blood Lines, Family Members, Family Names, Issues & Trends, Juniors, Names, Namesakes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Graduation Blues

Last night, we brought them to the airport.  They were almost bursting with excitement.  This trip will become the culmination of their journey over the last four years. It was only two days ago, when we watched them receive their … Continue reading

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