If You Don’t Make Time for Your Friends, When You Have Time, You Won’t Have Friends

As I hit a blogging anniversary of sorts (this is my 100th post to http://www.shellysretirementadventure.com), I was wondering what important thing I should write about and realized–no contest–it should be about friends. My mother, who lived to almost 93, always said how important friends were and I especially realize that now in retirement. Two dear…

Things to do on Cape Cod in the Autumn When All the Other Tourists Have Left

When the restaurants no longer require an hour wait and Cape Cod takes on its next season, you can enjoy Provincetown without the crowds, view the wonderfully purple hydrangeas (I was never able to get mine that color) visit the beautiful town library and see the ship, the Rose Dorothea inside, yes inside. Whale watching…

A Trip to the Zoo to Visit Some Relatives

On a warm humid Member’s Night at the Zoo, my family and I trooped up to the Bronx to revisit some of our favorite spots. We couldn’t tear ourselves away from the two new sea lion pups but eventually we went in search of my son’s fondly remembered waterfowl pond. After much trudging around, we…

The One Hundred-Foot Journey–A Gentle Argument Against Xenophobia

In the sometimes virulent (A. O. Scott) reviews of this film, most forgot to talk about its main theme–only Variety paid tribute to it.  The One Hundred Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Halstrom, continues his campaign against xenophobia–the outsider in My Life As a Dog, the gypsy in Chocolat, and now the Indian family in…

On Line at the Met Opera Exchange–an Exercise in Loyalty and Endurance

There may be labor troubles at the Met, but you wouldn’t know it from the long, very long line at the Met for subscribers seeking to make exchanges. In fact, it was two hours long and I should know since I am now suffering from what I understand is plantar fasciitis–or long-line-standing-on-a-stone-floor-itis. People were polite…

Le Perigord in Restaurant Week—A Return to Traditional French Cuisine

During Restaurant Week, we decided to visit one of  New York’s few remaining French restaurants of the old school, Le Perigord. We understand that its 78-year old owner, Georges Briguet, still  watches over the restaurant’s daily work and he clearly has a solid cadre of loyal customers to prove it. (Source: eatbigapple.com) Le Perigord is…