After nearly 9 months I can finally say that “No Access Boston” is finished. Not that I don’t have some things to do- like get a few more photographs, track down a couple of photo permission forms and proof the editor’s corrections. But in terms of actual writing- I’m done ! Some thoughts on the … Continue reading “No Access Boston” Submitted !
I am excited to share the news that I am writing No Access Boston: Beantown's Hidden Treasures, Haunts and Forgotten Places (Globe Pequot) for publication in December 2018. No Access Boston is all about places in the city that are unknown and or/have a hidden history. Did you know that Boston has a Puppet Library? Sara … Continue reading Writing a New Travel Book!
As a teenager, I liked nothing better than taking over my mother's kitchen to make dinner. I made dishes like chicken paprika with homemade spaetzle, beef Wellington and baklava. This was in the 1970's—long before the Food Network and the cult of the celebrity chef. We did, however, have Julia Child! When I first started writing … Continue reading I Always Wanted to Write a Cookbook
Soon after I returned from my August vacation, my parents called to tell me that they had decided to sell their home of the last 20-years and move into a 2 -bedroom unit at a nearby retirement community. As my kids would say, I was shook. My 79-year-old parents , are healthy and actively involved … Continue reading Downsizing My Parent’s House
I just returned from my August vacation, a 6-night family trip to California to visit my oldest son Bijan and a 6-night trip to Scotland to drop off my daughter Leda for her 4th year at the University of Edinburgh. The trips were nearly back to back but both went off without a hitch. Both … Continue reading Family Vacation With Adult Children: Travel Itinerary Tips
Yesterday at Sunday dinner, my 26-year-old son let me know that my essay A Reluctant Child now shows up on the third page when he Google-searches his name. It was one of my first parenting essays, written in 2004 for an on-line pre-teen parenting magazine. The essay chronicles my son's struggles of fitting in at … Continue reading The Internet Lasts Forever: Essay Writing and My Children
Not only do I write guidebooks, but I buy them. And whenever I book a trip, I always purchase a couple of up-to-date travel guide books to help me with the travel planning process. But I also always choose a pre- vacation read based on where I'm traveling. A good novel, biography, or work of … Continue reading Reading, Traveling,Writing New England
Whether you identify as left or right or somewhere in-between, the Trump presidency has created a tumultuous political climate that is difficult to ignore. As a New England travel book writer, part of my job is to be an ambassador to the region. Writing about politics is a tricky business. But just as I need to … Continue reading New England Travel Writing and Politics
I just finished rewriting Day Trips New England. Of all my books, Day Trips New England is my most comprehensive and most wide ranging. Originally published in 2011 , it is now in its 3rd edition. It has been 3 years since the last revision and boy, have there been lots of changes ! Here are … Continue reading Day Trips New England: Lots of Changes Over the Past Three Years
Thank you to Boston's Jewish Community Day School for inviting me to participate in their annual Middle School Humanities Day Festival last month. What a fun morning it was talking with the kids and having them share their writing. I still have my first "clip", published in my local paper when I was 11-years old- the … Continue reading Let’s Write! Boston’s Jewish Community Day School Humanities Day Workshop