Author Archives: Skip

Bargain bastions: England’s second-hand treasure troves

It’s nearing closing time, so the hunt accelerates. Our eyes peruse the tangle of glass, metal and wood, scanning the confusing landscape for the perfect addition for our new home: a table? Lamp? Chair? Suddenly, there! A four-foot, beveled-edge mirror, tucked behind a stack of cruddy paintings leaning against a wall. Experienced bargain hunters like us know to look beneath […]

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Life after the presidency: What’s lies in store for the Talking Yam?

One day, this miserable period in US political history will be behind us.   Winters will come and go, giving way to springs and summers, and autumns that will once again strip leaves from the trees and long evenings from our days like the tRump Administration has wrested hope from our lives. Wall Street execs will buy new Mercedes, BMWs […]

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A little of a lot in zany, unpredictable Belize

We’re sipping mocha ice cream beverages served by the Chinese owners of an air-conditioned cafe, listening to mariachi music as an Amish family glides past in a horse-drawn carriage. Welcome to Belize, a melting pot of cultures, races and nations. Salvadoran restaurants rest next to open-pit Belizean barbecues adjacent to Chinese-run supermarkets across from Guatemalan fruit stands near Amish families […]

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Panda-monium on the Italian byways

Think you have it rough? Try my life on for size. I’m a 2002 Fiat Panda. Two door, light green, powered by an engine slightly larger than a John Deer riding lawnmower’s. I’m owned by a crazy Italian guy named Ricardo Piccoladite, who drives me like I’m a Ferrari 488 GTB and treats me like I tease him about the […]

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Miles and smiles around the Emerald Isle

Traveling Ireland’s back roads is like joining a big, raucous family on a lengthy vacation in a camper van. It’s tons of fun, relaxing and exhausting, and the pace and unpredictability demands that you pay attention amid the chaos and laughter. Our three-week stay on the Emerald Isle gave us a long look at the people, places and customs of […]

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