Light camel yumminess
“Sea salt” colored, long cardigan. By Eileen Fisher

⟡ Oh how I miss you! ⟡

As the days grow shorter and close in on us…I get all sorts of wistful.  Yes, there is an autumn in Tropica, but you have to live here a long time to feel and understand it. I grew up with traditional, northern climate Fall.   Memories of acorn fights, walking home after school, shuffling through gorgeous colored leaves.  Apples, pumpkins and brisk air which means: sweaters. [Read more…]

This photo was taken years ago. The garden has since grown into a jungle.

⟡ Two couches ⟡

September has turned out to be a month of renewal.  I’m doing lots of home maintenance.  Boring, expensive stuff like having the roof waterproofed, water systems tuned up, garage door fixed, rusted ironwork refinished.  Ooph! [Read more…]


⟡ Another tropical fantasy reality check. ⟡

Greetings from Tropica, where we’re in the midst of an epidemic. My daughter got it.  My maid got it. My maid’s children have it. All of her friends have it. Some of my students have it. The garage door repairman has it.  Many of my friends have it.  Everyone knows many people who have it. [Read more…]

You know I love you Goldie, just the way you are.
You know I love you Goldie, just the way you are.

⟡ Not my proudest moment ⟡

For all the serious things I write about, for all the simple pleasures I extoll, I must admit something to you.  It embarrasses me greatly. One of my guilty pleasures is to look at images of celebs not looking their best.  The headlines are:  Movie stars who are not aging well.  Movie stars without makeup.  Celebs who look older than their years. [Read more…]

⟡ Caribbean dystopia ⟡

Remember my last post, with the lovely photo of the blue Caribbean and my plan of a beautiful weekend? Well, this is what I found when I stepped onto the shoreline of Tulum. As well as Akumal, the Riviera Maya and Cancun. [Read more…]

⟡ Girlfriends Weekend ⟡

My high school friend, Jeanette, and I have decided that each September we will take an off season, few days at the beach.  Tulum! Airfares and hotels are considerably seriously lower. It’s too short to be a vacation.  Rather, its a beach summit.  A contemplation.  And pure fun. [Read more…]

Photo c Amber raw vegan blonde

⟡ Yes, I’m dieting lifestyle changing ⟡

It was time.  I had to do it.  I’m overweight.  Most importantly, my blood tests didn’t tell a good story.  The doctor said: off to the nutritionist with you. I dragged myself in there.  Shamed.  Defeated.  Resigned. [Read more…]

⟡ My former addiction! ⟡

What a pleasant surprise to find that my business coach, Marie Forleo, answered my question on her show this week. I was laughing at myself as Marie said to “step away from the self help buffet.” Yep, that was me…going back for seconds.  Now, I’m the coastest with the mostest. [Read more…]