Category: Musings & Insights

Australia Connections

“Souls are waiting for you in Australia.” That was the response from my psychic when, in 1997, I asked him – pleaded with him – to tell me whether I should act on what seemed to be a completely insane…

Back in the Saddle Again

Its confounding to think about the passing of time.  I started this blog back in 2009, initially as a place where I could mostly share what I thought were some screamingly funny travel anecdotes (no judgement, please!) Gradually, I added…

Musings of Cuba – Volume Two

The importance of setting expectations, whiny travelers and making unlikely connections in the wee hours of the morning There is a hotel in downtown Havana that holds a special place in my heart. It is called the Hotel Sevilla. The history of…

Gratitude in Abundance

16 months ago, I was in bad shape… overcome by fear and sadness as my husband and I decided to move from the U.S. to Australia.  We ponder the question if a tree falls in the woods and no one…

Musings of Cuba – Volume One

As Obama plans to resume government relations with Cuba, I can’t help but remember some of my experiences traveling here, such wonderful memories – funny and sometimes nerve-wracking times spent escorting small groups to this “forbidden” island nation.  I thought it…

Chasing Tilly Divine

How the writer sought one bad ass chick and in so doing, found another. Recently I have felt the inkling of a sea change, leading me to believe that after over a year of living this new life of mine, in…

Never Never NEVER Travel List

There are certain hard and fast “no-go’s” on my travel list.  As much as I hate to admit it, in some regards, I’m not the happy-go-lucky, carefree traveler I used to be.  Every now and then, this is reinforced to…

Do You Have an incurable Case of Wanderlust?

Do you find yourself daydreaming about far-off destinations?  Or looking up airfares to exotic locales, just for the fun of it?  Then you probably have the incurable disease that has affected so many of us – wanderlust.  The folllwing article…

The End of an Era

As of today – February 28, 2014, our beloved home where we’ve lived for 10 years, has sold.  I am in LA for the weekend to sign the final sale docs and say my last goodbye. I have loved this…

13 Caledonia St – The Before Shots

I will never forget the look on my mother’s face when we brought her to see the new house we had purchased, my beloved “Hideaway” in Woodland Hills, with its dark wood paneling, floral wallpapered walls, stale pink carpets and…

Sydney House Hunting

Well…never a dull moment.  A big day today.  Did our first grocery shop – super easy.  Much easier than I recall the last time we lived in Sydney, when you had to run hither and yon and then schlepp it…

Farewell Party

Well– after six months of planning, we’re heading down to Sydney on August 26.  Family day yesterday and last get together in this house that I love so so much. A magical evening. Kids swimming – diving contests. Older kids,…

The Ford Farewell Tour

Pool Party!!! The time has come to celebrate this next great adventure in Stu’s and my lives.  After 16 years together, 15 of them in Los Angeles, its time to head back to where the magic was made – Australia.…