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Going it alone

In 2014 I began a blog to describe my adventures entering retirement (retirementmadness.wordpress.com). I began posting weekly updates; that quickly used up all retirement-related topics and I ground to halt after about 34 weeks. Years passed and I’ve begun a new chapter in life. My husband of 44 years died after a long, brave struggle with a malignant brain tumor. Now I am going it alone, as are many singles, divorcees, widows and widowers. I hope that my adventures will be something many can relate to, I hope they are funny and bring readers a good chuckle. That is my goal.

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Trip to Italy, Part Three

I ended my previous blog as granddaughters headed back to NY, leaving their mother and grandmother footloose and fancy free. Samantha and I headed for Lake Garda, a smaller and less crowded area than the famous Lake Como district. Lake Como and surrounds had experienced very heavy rains, with some damaged villas slipping part wayContinue reading “Trip to Italy, Part Three”

Girls’ Trip to Italy, Part Two

Bridge of Sighs, Venice My last blog described our three generational foursome (quick review: grandmother Sally, 74; daughter Samantha, 44; granddaughters Eleanor, 20; and Olivia, 17 1/2) arriving in Venice. But before elaborating on our Venetian adventures, I have a few unrelated observations. Side bars, if you will. Each different hotel meant a different designContinue reading “Girls’ Trip to Italy, Part Two”


The Duomo at night Three generations of ladies (matriarch Sally, daughter Samantha, granddaughters Eleanor and Olivia) were looking forward with great anticipation to our girls’ trip to Italy. Just getting the documents required for the trip had been challenging; passport, proof of Covid immunization, proof of negative Covid test resulted within 48 or 72 hoursContinue reading “Buongiourno!”

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