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Sisters & Peach Gazpacho

When I go home, my childhood home, one of the first things I like to do is shop for seasonal fresh produce. It’s a way for me to join with my two sisters who live there to renew our lifelong love of fresh food. The seasonal produce, the kitchen, the table are all part of reconnecting, to get back in touch with one another. … Read More Sisters & Peach Gazpacho

Mojave

Leaving the Colorado River, the ascent to Golden Valley through Union Pass surround him in the sky island mountains, rocks that have broken free of the earth’s crust and take the sky. The shale spires outlast eroded mesas, fire and time. Teddy bear cactus, ototilla and yucca bush thrive here as if it call out they live only among the spires where the earth … Read More Mojave

Violet Mae

It had been at one of the lavish soirees held at the country estate of Stephen McKibbon that I met her. What struck me was the raspy laugh, a chortle accented with a slight side tilt of her head. I had fallen for the most glamorous woman west of the Canadian River. Her look gave a sense of an Arabian mare ready for show … Read More Violet Mae

Finding Zen In Searchlight: A Haibun

Originally posted on Susan Heiligman:
The tracks of Highway 95 are laid down along the Mojave and run north and south between Las Vegas and Laughlin.  About mid-way the highway comes to the tiny desert town of Searchlight, Nevada.  I end up in Searchlight when my GPS goes awry.   It’s almost noon Saturday late Spring.  Pulling into Terrible’s Casino with its combo gas station,…

Lucy Lee Go Lightly

Originally posted on Susan Heiligman:
I was a reluctant grandmother.   To be a grandparent was not something I resisted but life was good, full with  friends and personal interests.  Forgotten was all that baby, little kid stuff, cloth books and rattle toys.   On the day though that Lucy Lee happened,  life became rich and enlivened anew.   Grand parenthood is  the grand adventure. Like a…

Finding Zen In Searchlight: A Haibun

The tracks of Highway 95 are laid down along the Mojave and run north and south between Las Vegas and Laughlin.  About mid-way the highway comes to the tiny desert town of Searchlight, Nevada.  I end up in Searchlight when my GPS goes awry.   It’s almost noon Saturday late Spring.  Pulling into Terrible’s Casino with its combo gas station, I’m ready for a break … Read More Finding Zen In Searchlight: A Haibun

The Real Juice On The California Wine Trail

The glistening ocean breaks against the rocks as Highway 101 reveals Santa Barbara with its white stucco bungalows and terra cotta-tiled roof tops.  Just north the landscape opens wide to find ochre-colored hillsides covered in grape vines in every hue of green and purple.  The California wine trail is long and like a giant Sequoia, Highway 101 spirals through its valleys and coastal mountains. … Read More The Real Juice On The California Wine Trail

In love with #Berlin

We begin the day at the Polish flea market in the Tiergarten near the Brandenburg Gate where huge pieces of the Wall remain.   For the moment my love of crystal takes over and I’m absorbed looking at the exquisite pieces I find laid out on the peddler’s blanket.  I choose a delicately etched water pitcher after difficult deliberation.  The boys are jazzed with a … Read More In love with #Berlin

August: Osage County — Not Far from Home

Originally posted on Susan Heiligman:
When I heard Tracy Letts  was developing his Pulitzer prize-winning  play August: Osage County for the big screen, I was thrilled.  I saw August: Osage County when it played on the LA stage.   “All roads lead to home.”  I could see the country, the sweeping prairie, the old hills encrusted with huge boulders, the gnarled oak trees and…

On the California Wine Trail

Find my latest publication “On the California Wine Trail” at http//www.neauxmad.com where I write about a recent trip to rediscover 4 historic wineries in Napa Valley that I first visited in the ’70s before the blind tasting in Paris.   Cheers!

In neauxmad.com you will find my travel piece “Finding Zen In Searchlight: A Haibun”…..

Finding Zen in Searchlight: A Haibun

Finding Zen in Searchlight: A Haibun

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