Monthly Archives: February 2015


Quick Quiz: Have you ever logged any time under the apparatus pictured above? Have you ever used any of these? Are empty frozen orange juice cans merely containers for the beverage from Florida to you?  Or when you see them, do … Continue reading

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Hollywood Hunger

It’s Oscar Night.  And in honor of the Academy Awards, I thought I’d pay tribute to two things I love. Movies, natch. And food. To be specific, fab foodie moments in cinematic history. Is there anything more mouth-watering than watching … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

Today’s post is dedicated to George Barany.  A stranger once. Now a friend and co-conspirator in crossword puzzle crime.  Happy Birthday, Doctor. CONGRATULATIONS. 15 Recently in “The Getaway” column of the Sunday New York Times, writer Stephanie Rosenbloom discussed the … Continue reading

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Granny Redux by Sam Tofias

Good morning Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea.  Let’s go to press. This is Sam Tofias, cub reporter age seven months, reporting in from Boston.  And I want to tell you all about … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Boston, Grandparents, Memoir, pop culture, Restaurants, Travel | 20 Comments

The Pursuit of Happiness

IMPORTANT LETTER FROM ELBA ANNOUNCEMENT:  I am taking a winter hiatus, folks. A short break to break up the gray gloomy doldrums. I’m going to travel and chill out. Hence my next blog will be in your email boxes on … Continue reading

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