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- 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!
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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 if… Read full post »
Nora Ephron, who died of a blood disorder on Tuesday, was just a bit older than I am, and perhaps that's why I followed her brilliant career and her interesting life so… Read full post »
When I heard about Dick Clark's death I remembered how we all used to rush home from school, drop our books and sit in front of the tv watching the kids from Philly dance close and do the lindy on American Bandstand, the show he hosted five days a week.… Read full post »
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Like so… Read full post »
This particular Valentine's Day prompts me to express something I’ve wanted to shout from the rooftops for awhile now.
I realize more and more that late love can be just as romantic as young love. And I think what makes it especially precious is that you realize… Read full post »
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What has come to be known as… Read full post »
Gilbert, Arthur and Anna Schacht, my uncles and aunt
When I was a child, looking through a family album, I remember asking my mother why there was a face cut out of a photo of a little girl in a frilly dress standing next to my mother’s two… Read full post »
I've never written before about this. Perhaps it will trigger me getting to that memoir; it's all true, and unfolds-- slowly, steadily -- in almost mystifying ways.
The slim, dark-haired woman sitting at the table in the Westchester brasserie was reading Pride and Preju… Read full post »
The official photo of the Virgin inaugural flight (flightglobal.com), June, 1984. Invited passengers, with Richard Branson on the far left. Can you spot me way in the back, at the top of the pyramid?
Sir Richard Branson's estate on his private Caribbean island just b… Read full post »
In this time of high unemployment it seems like an impossible idea to quit a seemingly ideal job when another isn't on the horizon. But 21 years ago I did. And that move gave me the chance to literally fly away, far beyond my wildest dreams.
It… Read full post »
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But let me first give you… Read full post »
No, we're not holding hands, we're just relaxing. Ramona Singer looks surprised -- did she just see Jill Zarin?
I've been addicted to The Real Housewives series for several years now, but this year the meanness and vitriol seem to have gone wild. I just/… Read full post »