• Destination Dining

    Destination Dining

    The phrase is kind of unusual “destination dining,” but it makes sense to foodies and lovers of a total mind, body and soul experience. Destination dining means planning your travel around a specific restaurant allowing time to drink in the unique atmosphere, and break free from your everyday. My husband Scott and I are bonded […]

  • In the Game of Life

    In the Game of Life

    My young son was taking a beginning tennis lesson at Empie Park when I saw an impeccably dressed man walking slowly but purposely toward a court. Looking like he just stepped out of GQ magazine, Charlton Lemon took out a racket from an oversized bag and proceeded to trade laser sharp ground strokes with his […]

  • Opera Wilmington Brings the Merry Widow to Stage

    Opera Wilmington Brings the Merry Widow to Stage

    Opera fans are happy that Wilmington finally has an opera company to call their own. The newly formed Opera-Wilmington will perform The Merry Widow on the Main Stage at the University of North Carolina-WilmingtonCultural Arts Building at the end of July. This is not a touring company, this is our very own local production. Opera-Wilmington […]

  • Recent Transplants Like Call NC Home

    Recent Transplants Like Call NC Home

    Native North Carolinians know the joy of living in a state that is really the United States in miniature. The state, divided by three distinct regions — the mountains, the Piedmont and the coast — offers a brief, but beautiful winter, rolling farm lands with a warm, small-town vibe and a pristine coastline. So it […]

  • Sometimes Retirement Seems Like Starting Over

    Sometimes Retirement Seems Like Starting Over

    Rick and Linda Pukenas have owned the Robert Ruark Inn in Southport for a little more than two years. The couple lived in Medford, N.J., (outside of Philadelphia, Pa.) where Rick had a career as an educator and administrator and Linda worked for many years in the marketing and public relations field. When Rick retired, […]

Staying on the Roads Longer, and Safely

A 70 year old friend of mine is in Stuttgart, Germany this week, picking up his latest Porsche sports car from the automaker’s factory.  Two weeks ago his 94 year old mother bought a new Cadillac.  Bottom line:  we may be getting older, but we’re not getting off the road and we’re not even slowing […]

This App Could Save Your Life

If you have suffered a heart attack or you know you are at risk for one, life can be a little like a serious game of musical chairs.  Every time you go on a trip you wonder if something will happen, and if you’ll be able to find emergency cardiac care.  Well, now there’s an […]

Smile When You Say That Pardner

Smile When You Say That Pardner

I miss the westerns. I miss the ability to identify the bad guy. I miss knowing that the good guy in the white hat would win without losing said hat in the inevitable fight where the saloon chair is broken over the hero’s head without resulting in significant brain injury. But most of all, I […]

Gin

Gin

This month enjoy adding classic American and European flair to your next cocktail experience with the retro glamorous spirit — gin! Gin is popular once again thanks to, in part, the series Mad Men. This import from Europe was introduced in various literary ways, with earlier references via the James Bond books and movies, Somerset […]

Destination Dining

Destination Dining

The phrase is kind of unusual “destination dining,” but it makes sense to foodies and lovers of a total mind, body and soul experience. Destination dining means planning your travel around a specific restaurant allowing time to drink in the unique atmosphere, and break free from your everyday. My husband Scott and I are bonded […]

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

When I was living in Florida,  there were Cuban, Haitian and other cultural influences just becoming part of the south Florida scene. One soup stands out and remains with me, it is from a small Spanish café in the Palm Beach city center. This soup is rooted in Andalusian cuisine, a humble food for peasants. […]

In the Game of Life

In the Game of Life

My young son was taking a beginning tennis lesson at Empie Park when I saw an impeccably dressed man walking slowly but purposely toward a court. Looking like he just stepped out of GQ magazine, Charlton Lemon took out a racket from an oversized bag and proceeded to trade laser sharp ground strokes with his […]

Sun Tzu and the Art of the Investing

Sun Tzu and the Art of the Investing

“Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from the encampment” – US Army Field Regulations 1861 Believed to have lived 500 years before Christ, Sun Tzu wrote a systematic treatise on the art of war that lives on today. Although the astute concepts he presented are oriented toward practical principles military generals should […]

July 2014 Book Reviews

July 2014 Book Reviews

Wow, you’re retired and you’ve never been busier in your life. How did you manage to work all those years and still accomplish anything else? Well here’s one more project to put on that list – Genealogy! The New Hanover County Public Library’s access to Ancestry.com is a great place to start. I recently completed […]

Opera Wilmington Brings the Merry Widow to Stage

Opera Wilmington Brings the Merry Widow to Stage

Opera fans are happy that Wilmington finally has an opera company to call their own. The newly formed Opera-Wilmington will perform The Merry Widow on the Main Stage at the University of North Carolina-WilmingtonCultural Arts Building at the end of July. This is not a touring company, this is our very own local production. Opera-Wilmington […]