Category Archives: Food/happy hours

Two grandmothers, a mom and dad, a younger brother — and a seemingly composed Bat Mitzvah girl

Before 9 a.m. this morning, I watched a family cadre happily entering Temple E-Manuel, the synagogue down the street from our house. All smiling, they made me wonder. Would I have had a more serene life if I had been … Continue reading

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Turning 70…by plane, by car, by boat, and on my own two feet (part 3)

Determined to not be on planes and in airports nonstop, I studied a map of Europe. The ultimate goal of “Sheila’s Excellent Adventure” was to visit Ethan and Steph in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Watch for my story in the November issue … Continue reading

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Chocolate-covered coffee beans at a historic hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona

A handful for twenty-five cents. That’s right; the same amount of chocolate-covered coffee beans from Godiva or any other hoity-toity chocolatier would be at least two dollars. We probably ate at least fifty each. We were on a mini-vacation, so … Continue reading

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Thankful for taxi drivers, leftover leaves, and Thanksgiving leftovers

Kalid, the taxi driver from Dubai who took me from the airport to Brook and Gian’s new home in Chapel Hill, was full of Thanksgiving wisdom. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s not about religion. It still came up, … Continue reading

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Tucson hipsters on a rainy day

Not us, that’s for sure. I’m a former pseudo-hippy, which is different from a hipster. I’ve wanted to try Five Points Market for breakfast. So we went there. Maybe a rainy day — so unusual in Tucson — invites trying … Continue reading

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is way too precious.

A mixture of Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Maine, the town of Chagrin Falls has way too many fancy houses with expertly manicured lawns. Tourists stroll the village center with its wild real falls and “fake” better behaved falls, which … Continue reading

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It had no vibe

Choosing the restaurant for my birthday dinner is not a simple matter. Someplace new or tried and true? Sounds somewhat like a bride’s wedding directive, right? Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…I’ll get to that in a … Continue reading

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