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!

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DECEMBER 27, 2010 11:39AM

28 Things I Will NOT Resolve to Do in 2011





I compiled a list in 2010 and was quite successful in not resolving things! So I adapted, added and tweaked the list, and in 2011 I do NOT resolve to:

1..Compile a bucket list. I'd need a garbage bin

2..Drink less. I don’t drink thatRead full post »



I thought I finally had a shot at it.

When I married non-Jewish Bill last May I was excited that for the first time I, a nice Jewish lady who had been married to a rabbi would finally get to celebrate Christmas, the glorious holiday that has eluded meRead full post »

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 8:40AM

The Downs and Way-Ups of Larry King





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 »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 9:15PM

More Love Bites!


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 liviRead full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 8:34AM

Love Bites



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

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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 “radioRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 1:28PM

Here's Why My Cat Sits at My Thanksgiving Table



 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 theRead 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 yourseRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 11, 2010 9:19AM

Beautiful, Horrible Words on the Sacrifices of War


On a blue-sky May day while researching a guidebook on Belgium, I traveled to a small town called Ieper, better known as Ypres, 75 miles west of Brussels. Those poppy-strewn Flemish  flatlands have been the site of recorded battles from the time of Julius Caesar to “The War t/

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 6:21PM

Forget Yeats. OS Pirate Wimmin Rule!



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 

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon can not hear the falconer.
Things fall apart; the center can not hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, an/
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OCTOBER 28, 2010 8:54AM

A Ghostly, Recurring Dream




I am in a good place now, but something about this bittersweet time of year brings back a recurring dream. It was less than a week after Halloween, 2001, when my late husband lost his battle against cancer. And since that time I haveRead full post »


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’dRead full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2010 12:56PM

Hundreds of Scars




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 visualRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 8:37AM

Honeymoon Blip on The Black Sea

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 fineRead full post »



This is the first:







This is the second:







This is the third: 






george_clooney1  Read full post »




Failure to repent is much worse than sin. One may have sinned for but a moment, but may fail to repent of it moments without number.      Chasidic saying, from the book, Day by Day by Chaim Stern


Which public figur

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AUGUST 28, 2010 7:37AM

Why I'm Still On OS

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 »

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AUGUST 19, 2010 10:11AM

The Weirdest Meat I Ever Ate & Other Food Oddities



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 neverRead full post »

The interview about his memoir The Zeroes,  went well this morning.
Here's the link to the interview, which is about five minutes long:
I usually exercise at the time Rand went on, at around 8:50 am. This time though, I sat on the couch. I… Read full post »
The Zeroes
Well,  Rand did just great! You might be able to see it on the MSNBC website.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my older son Randall recently wrote a memoir about his incredible experiences and bad luck in the past decade,… Read full post »
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AUGUST 6, 2010 10:12AM

Eat, Pray, Scratch


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 »

AUGUST 4, 2010 1:12PM

Thoughts on Writing About My Travels


 Az_Grand Canyon--Slot Canyon- Crooked Rd--baby chloeSab 036 

  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 »

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JULY 30, 2010 7:56AM

Chelsea, I Still Haven't Received My Invitation!


the bride, who didn't invite me

Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea. I know your guest list is whittled to only 400 or so lucky souls. I know that you aren't inviting many donors and celebs to your wedding. Not even the current occupant of your

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