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- “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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I just watched the last show of Larry King Live after 25 years on CNN. The sendoff included Bill Maher and Ryan Seacrest as co-hosts. Arnold Schwartzenegger proclaimed "Larry King Day" in California. President Obama appeared and called him a "giant of/… Read full post »
Dozens of little "love bites" have guided me, helped me gain some wisdom, and helped bring me love again. I've shared them with my visitors on sololady.com, and I'd like to share them with you. Some may sound familiar, but they all came from my experience of livi… Read full post »
Holiday time -- from Thanksgiving, through Christmas and New Year's and Valentine's Day -- can be especially difficult when you're alone. I know, because for much of my adult life I've been on my own.
Like most of us, I've learned about… Read full post »
It's the holiday season, that most wonderful time of giving and receiving, with so many choices.
It’s hard to know what I want this year.
But I do know what I don’t want, including the following:
Anything with the word “radio… Read full post »
Not the Thanksgiving table, and that's not her plate, but that's Sweetie, who sometimes sits with us
One of the byproducts of divorce is that you’re often separated from your children at holiday time. Some families manage to combine, but through the… Read full post »
me, swinging along
I sped along a zip line the other day in Mexico. It was one of the tours offered on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s huge ship the Epic, plying the Western Caribbean from the Yucatan penisula to Honduras.
You may have experienced ziplining yourse… Read full post »
My timing is off, and this is such a lousy day that I will add Yeats to our team, as a mascot. You can read my post about him if you want. Meanwhile, I'll add my support to the pirate wimmin! Take the title of his poem, "The Second… Read full post »
The Second Coming
by William Butler Yeats
For many of us, Sunday nights without Mad Men will be difficult. (And what about Monday mornings without Nelle’s analysis and commenting with other "madmenmaniacs"?) We'll have to wait many months to see if Megan really becomes Mrs. Draper, if the ad agency will prosper or fail, &… Read full post »
I celebrate this moment
Of health, love, new loving:
My sons strong and caring,
My precious girls so thriving.
All right with my world.
To keep this golden moment
I’d… Read full post »
You see my smile on the left, and you read of the places I have visited. But there is more. Like all of us, scars on my body trace my life. They are a visual… Read full post »
As I write this post I’m on a riverboat somewhere between the Ukrainian towns of Nikopol and Nova Kachovka. (Got that?) And I have quite a little tale to tell.
I have no thyroid gland; part was removed in 1979 and the rest in 1991. I’m fine… Read full post »
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This month I began my third year here on Open Salon. And sometimes, like this past week, it feels like I've been here forever!
A big, huggy thanks to those of you over the years who have taken the time to read, comment and rate me. And to share my experiences,… Read full post »
photo credit: deadspin.com
When traveling I'm often conflicted when offered local specialties. And the anecdote at the end of this post is a great example of why.
As a travel writer who’s eaten my way around, I’ve consumed local products that I’d never… Read full post »
This will be funny. Hang in there.
As the film Eat, Pray, Love opens across the country next week, what’s already a worldwide club of solo women seeking fulfillment in Italy, India and Bali will increase even more, until you’d have to seek a settlement in the/… Read full post »
at the Grand Canyon, on assignment
Especially in this time of dire economic hardships, people comment that they envy my travels and my “interesting” experiences. Yes, I focus on the positives and the fun things. And yes, there have been/… Read full post »