Lea Lane

Lea Lane
Florida, USA
August 26
author, Travel Tales I Couldn't Put in the Guidebooks, available at Amazon.com and on Kindle
“I’ve discovered the secret of life,” Kay Thompson, the eccentric entertainer and “Eloise” author, once said. “A lot of hard work, a lot of sense of humor, a lot of joy and a lot of tra-la-la!” And that's been my life: As a travel writer for over 30 years, I've been around the block (more like around the world), and I write true stories about interesting people and places. (Check out my travel site, Travels With Lea.) I've lived an unconventional life in conventional trappings. Been a corporate VP, worked with foster kids, acted in an Indie ("Nurse 1"), was on Jeopardy!. I've been managing editor of a travel publication, written for the Times, and authored books. OS is my home, but I also blog on The Huffington Post, and I've contributed (mostly anonymously) to everything from encyclopedias to guidebooks. Married young, divorced late; married late, widowed early, I dated lots in-between -- and survived a scary illness. After being happily, peacefully solo for many years, I'm now happily married again. I founded and still edit www.sololady.com, a lifestyle Website for single women. I'm truly grateful for each precious day, each well-earned wrinkle, my family, my cat. Truth, laughter, friendship, late love. And this blog -- on this wonderful site!

Lea Lane's Links


 Hi everyone,

I know... it's been a long while since I've been here.  I  do keep busy writing general info blogs for Huffpost and I just started writing travel blogs for Forbes.com.

Here's the link to my latest. Please do check it out! And do keep writing the good… Read full post »

The post-holiday, end-of-year, lost-in-the-internet-without-a-supervisor mood around here is evident.

I haven't been around much lately, but I'm still writing about travel. (Blatant plug: For a great holiday gift, my recent book is available on Amazon and Kindle, Travel Tales I Couldn't Put in the GRead full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 11:53AM

Energized by MLK's Speech 50 Years Ago

Watching the anniversary of the March on Washington I remember when I watched the event on black-and-white television 50 years ago. I had just turned 21, and I would soon be able to cast my first presidential vote for Lyndon Johnson, who passed The Voting Rights Act in 1965, at aRead full post »

JULY 24, 2013 2:26PM

For Sirenita, with appreciation

This poem is in the Aleinu and Mourner's Kaddish section of many prayer books of Reform Judaism. It was written by my late husband, Chaim Stern.

It is a fearful thing to love
what death can touch.

A fearful thing to love, 
hope, dream: to be --
to be,
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JULY 19, 2013 10:25AM

A Few Solutions for the Embarrassing Peninsula of Florida!

Years ago, studying a map of the United States, I felt embarrassed when I realized that Florida looked like a dick hanging off the bottom of the country. Nobody seemed to notice it but me back then, and if they did they never talked about it.




Sheila Reep (you might know her better on OS as Buffy W or Sheila Smigel) and I had a plan: to create a great light read. And with my writing and her charming illustrations, I think we did!

The rest of the year may be filled… Read full post »



The great (really great) series, Breaking Bad, returns on AMC August 11 at 9 pm ET, with the final eight episodes .

For those of you who've been hung up on Don Draper's tailspin, that ain't nothin' compared to the transformation of Walter White from a mild-mannered, non… Read full post »

The Paula Deen situation has resulted in commenters in blogs, posts, and tweets clashing into two camps: those who want her folksy presence off the air quicker than you can say "another stick of butter," and loyalists who are indignant that the Food Network fired her, and who insist that a… Read full post »

It's National Penguins Day, an excuse for more smiles, and a repost of one of my favorites.

Maybe I have a thing for height-challenged males in tuxedos. Whatever it is, I’m crazy, nuts, gaga, batty, over-the-moon -- about penguins. And I’ve met quite a few of the 17 varieties.

I’veRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2013 4:04PM

Al Neuharth, My Mentor



After a week of blazing headlines, the death of Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today and former CEO of Gannett Company, was lost in the back pages.

But it wasn't lost on me. I've followed his long and successful career with special interest, because years ago, when he was… Read full post »

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MARCH 8, 2013 2:33PM

My Grandmother/Granddaughter, 127 Years Apart

In honor of International Women's Day, a time of reflection, I turned to a post I had created earlier, when I looked at some family photos, and discovered something I had not noticed before.
Although the photos below were taken at different ages in their lives, over a hundred years… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 15, 2013 3:46PM

Would You Cruise on Carnival?

As author of a cruise book and a long-time travel writer, I just appeared on a Huffpost Live panel, and we discussed for half an hour the Carnival Triumph debacle (I think the irony of that name is a tiny part of the problem). 

Now that the ship's passengers… Read full post »

 Az_Slot Canyon- -- 059fluid rock in the shadows of Antelope slot canyon


(see more photos below the narrative)

If I had to choose the most visually stunning experience  I can remember, it well might be my few minutes within Antelope Canyon on a sunny day. 

Antelope Canyon in Arizona is among tRead full post »

Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I met Pauline Friedman Philips from Sioux City Iowa, who died on Wednesday after a long bout with Alzheimer's. Known to her friends as "Popo" and to America as Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby" and her twin sister Ann… Read full post »


When you are older and in love you go for it.

Bill and I had 10 days and frequent-flyer points, so last minute we decided to return to our favorite city, Paris, to celebrate the Christmas holidays and the New Year. We wanted to feel like Parisians, so we… Read full post »

This Sunday, Veterans Day, I'm thinking of all veterans and their families, and of the sacrifices of so many, who have given so much, and are giving right now.

I can identify, as my husband was called to serve in Vietnam right after the Tet offensive in the… Read full post »



Host a party (or even better, get invited to one)
Election night, like Oscar night or the Super Bowl, is the kind of communal event that calls for snark, laughs, hoots and hollers to relieve tension. It's also an easy way to pay back invitations without having to cook a sit-down/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2012 9:44AM

Why This Grateful Woman Just Voted for Barack Obama


I just voted in Florida. A vote that really counts, in more ways than one. 

I recently wrote a post that gave some offbeat reasons to vote for Barack Obama. But especially in light of the recent response to Hurricane Sandy, here are the real reasons I voted for the president,Read full post »

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OCTOBER 18, 2012 3:38PM

Eight Shallow, Offbeat Reasons to Reelect President Obama

The election polls remains close, and the five percent or so of undecided voters may make the difference in swing states.

Look, if you’re still on the fence after all the ads and speeches and debates, by now it’s time to climb down and decide, don’tcha think? 

And ifRead full post »

I was thinking about my earliest feelings of sexuality because I'm hooked on the new Sunday PBS series Call the Midwife, set in slummy East-End London in the 1950s.

The series, dealing with many unwanted pregnancies, resonates with me because like many of the characters, I was a teenager inRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 2:47PM

Looking Back on My 60s


I'm going to admit something that's hard for me to do, but I want to, for lots of reasons.

I may not look it and I definitely don't feel it, and you may not realize it, but I just turned 70, which makes me old by just about any standards.Read full post »




Wearing a monkey suit, I managed to get a second interview with the famed Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, much in the news right now. The Mystery monkey is still seen around the area, and has become a symbol of freedom to many who will be attending the RepublicanRead full post »

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AUGUST 15, 2012 12:09PM

My Tangled Connections to Julia Child, Born 100 Years Ago



Julia Child would have been 100 today. That anniversary, and the movie Julie & Juliabased on a diary blog on Salon much like some of us here write, and my recent trip to Paris where much of this movie is set, reminded me of how huge a role Julia CRead full post »

Judith Crist, who just died at 90, was an influential movie reviewer for many years. I remember her not just because of her intelligent and cogent take on films, but because of something really special to me: a connection to Woody Allen, and to his movie, Stardust Memories.

I was a youngRead full post »




Bill's sister Chris was recuperating from successful surgery, so we flew up from Florida to meet her at Migis Lodge,  near where she lives in Maine, for a healing weekend reunion.  Come along!


Before getting to the lodge we stopped at a shack on Penob… Read full post »