Author Archives: Skip

The quaint, quiet and delicious charm of Malta

Malta is like pastizzi, the country’s pastry of choice: steeped in tradition and cultural history, it boasts a unique flavor and texture created by layer upon layer of exterior with a delicious to-die-for core. This tiny Mediterranean island gave us our first taste of the delicious pastizzi (take your pick: cheese- or pea-filled; we ate both, and in abundance)…and so […]

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A transcript: 2:38 a.m. in the garden of evil

Leaked tape of meeting hastily called in the White House situation room, 2:38 a.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Reince Priebus: “OK, OK, everybody. Settle down. The Boss has some things to say.” DT:  “Hold on a minute. Gotta finish this Tweet (murmurs beneath breath) d-e-m-o-c-r-a-t-s d-i-s-h-o-n—o-r f-a-l-l-e-n h-e-r-o-s w-i-f-e- Hey, people, whaddya think? End it with Sad! Or Disgusting! Or […]

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A new hip, hip – hooray!

Two hospital attendants rolled me into a holding room at Brighton Nuffield Hospital, where an anesthetist gave me a spinal block and a sedative. Moments later, they wheeled me into an operating theater, flipped me onto my side – like Shamu awaiting treatment – and the anesthetist put me to sleep. For the next hour or so, a towering, affable […]

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