One of my not-so-secret joys is discovering a pub or beer hall that brews their own magical elixir. The result?  You discover limitless expressions of flavor – subtle hints of coriander, orange peel and other spices.  It’s an adventure in taste and one where the beer-maker leads you away from the mainstream equation of, Read More


Closing out my series of posts on Paris, here are a few photos from the trip.  Photography was a bit of a challenge since it was pouring nearly every day!


So, I find myself in Paris for the first time. Alone. (Need the backstory?  Read the last post here.) My natural tendency is to avoid group tours or anything super touristy.  I can’t stand getting herded on a tour bus to be carted around to go-to attractions for rehearsed descriptions that barely scratch the, Read More


Earlier this month, Joyce had a business trip to Saclay, a suburb about thirty minutes outside of Paris.  On a whim, I decided to go along and stay in the city of lights for three days alone.  Joyce would rejoin me later in Paris for some much needed rest and relaxation. I love visiting, Read More

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I’m a technology gadget sort of guy.  As a kid, I would rummage around under the Christmas tree before my parents were up, eagerly shaking each wrapped present.  Soft packages, inevitably a jacket from mom or a sweater from grandma (sorry mom and nanna!), were cast aside.  Boxes of predictable sizes (Nintendo games?) and, Read More


I ran the Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k Obstacle Race in Amesbury, MA this Saturday. (A rompingly ghoulish time if being chased by zombies, sloshing through mud and finding dirt a day later in crevices you didn’t even know existed sounds like fun!) After the run, Joyce and I traded zombies for witches. , Read More


It’s not hard to find great food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city in the southern reaches of the country.  Turn any street corner and you’ll find a dizzying array of hawker stalls, food carts, hole-in-the-wall food joints and restaurants lacing the air with tantalizing scents of Pho Bo (beef noodle soup),, Read More