Yes, we have FaceTime and such; but in terms of in person contact we may be now in much the same position as they were in "1799."
The holiday happiness all around me was not making me happier; it was getting on my nerves. I'm unhappy with certain other extended "family" so-called relationships as well. Other life issues are also frustrating me. It all became an angry jumble, bubbling under my surface as the day wore on. I was "overheating."
Here, near Windham in the Catskills, we awoke to some snow yesterday: Lovely to look at and fortunately not enough to be a major driving problem. English relatives will be arriving here later today, driving up from Manhattan where they've been sightseeing for the last two days. We're prepared: Well, we're prepared for tonight at [...]
What a ludicrous hour to be awake on a Sunday. We're going to church early. Like many of you, we've been spending the weekend preparing for Christmas: Last night, we took a break and watched The Holiday: And if you want to get a reaction from your friends and others on Instagram, just mention The [...]
Yes, I wrote just the other day that I planned some time off. Well, I lasted two days. I have plunged now into fully outlining what had been the sketchy ideas I had had for the third novel. Although they are naturally exasperating at times, I am missing my fictional "friends" from Passports and Frontiers. [...]
Happy Boxing Day morning. Or, as they say in the U.S., uh, nothing. "You don't have Boxing Day in the U.S.?" my niece asked me a little while ago as we watched TV. "No," I confirmed. "Back to work. The holiday is only Christmas." As we discussed that, an ad for the new season of [...]
It's almost upon us. If you celebrate, I hope you have a Merry Christmas. If you don't observe it, I'd like to offer you best wishes for the coming year. I almost forgot. You have to see it. Hey, you like our tree? The tree stand is doing its job well: We spent yesterday in [...]
Always politics. Everything's political. Now, there's evidently a debate in the U.S. over whether Santa Claus is a Republican or a Democrat: Hold on. Actually, that question is immaterial until we ascertain his citizenship. Is he even a U.S. citizen? If he is, he may be registered to vote in his last state of residency, [...]
One of CNN's "Top 12" places to spend Christmas, is just up the road from us: CNN opens its explanation about Bath this way: There are few cities in the world where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus and the birth of Jane Austen with the same amount of fanfare, but Bath happens to [...]
Landing on Christmas Eve, a bit of Christmas cheer awaits as you walk toward the Underground station lifts: Merry Christmas .... from Terminal 5.