Garden Touring as Pain Relief or, How Monticello in Spring Can Nourish a Flagging Spirit

    After several months of pain, caused by inflamed tendons that left my thumb frozen and looking as if ready for take-off in the “locked and upright position”, failed therapy and cortisone injections (think medieval torture by thumb-screws), the agony being at last relieved with a 10-minute surgical procedure, I was more than eager …

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Good friends, gilded mirrors and hyggelig times in Winchester, Virginia

This is the third of a 3-part series  Two years ago, with three girlfriends in tow my spirits were in high form.   Our first priority, after arrival, was (what else) to eat.   After our usual “what do you feel like eating?” and “Oh, I don’t care.  Whatever you guys decide” routine, we finally settled on …

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Escape to Winchester, VA: Nourishments for the soul –Food, music and wine or, how Patsy Cline’s loving arms picked me up on my way down

This is the second of a 3-part series. I first fell for Winchester after a disappointing Thanksgiving.  The vision -- a romantic weekend for two, strolling hand-in-hand, good food, wine and candlelight--had  gone "poof"; much like a severely overcooked Turkey that explodes once the knife is inserted. Instead there were three: me, myself and I.  The evening of my arrival …

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