Chic Chattin

Conservative Chic Chattinis a Nashua, NH radio program that features women; all we are and all we do. I am grateful to have had this opportunity, a day after International Women's Day (March 8th), to speak with hosts Karen and Lynn, two wonderful women themselves. It was a nice interview and chat; a wonderful send off to get started on my new life as a traveler and traveling troubadour.  Please enjoy.

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Baltimore's Best

Each time I visit Baltimore (Maryland) I get to enjoy spending time with good friends. It is in this way that I am treated to seeing special handpicked sites; the places chosen by good friends who take joy in sharing the places they love most where they live. 
   I have two good friends in Baltimore; one from college and another, a colleague and now good friend from my years in Israel. By some unexpected twist of fate they both ended up living about two blocks from each other. This is really nice because when I go I can see both together. 
   My friend and colleague is Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, founder of the innovative early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL). Betsy developed this program while we were living in Israel. We met when we learned together with the late Barbara Cass-Beggs, founder of the Listen Like Learn (LLL) and Your Baby Needs Music programs. We both fast became fans, instructors and teacher trainers. I continued implementing the program and adaptin…


So I'm grounded, This was to be my first attempt at taking off. Even though I've made local trips before, this was to be the first trial flight as a nomad. It's winter in New England though. You know what they say about New England? "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute!" So here we are - - it's a  "Nor'easter". I didn't think this storm would affect my flight since I was scheduled for the late afternoon the next day. Then I got a phone call. "Your flight has been cancelled...

Boston BOS Cancelled
Baltimore BWI —
Due to unforeseen events, the following flight(s) have been cancelled. DateFlightOperated byFromDepartureToArrivalMarch 03, 2018

Boston2:44PMBaltimore4:15PMIn an effort to lessen the impact to your travel plans, we have confirmed you on the following flight(s). Your new flight itineraryDateFlightOperated byFromDepartureToArrivalMarch 04, 2018

SIX O'CLOCK AM????!!!!!

My very comfortable 2:44pm f…

In All Kinds of Weather~

I think the hardest job of all is trying to pack for an extended trip, a trip that can last anywhere from one month to one year or more in all seasons and in all kinds of weather. Fortunately I am not the first traveler doing such a journey. I have been researching the Internet where there seems to be an endless supply of articles, websites, blogs and video clips from seasoned travelers who offer great advice. Most of these travelers, however, are much younger than I am. They offer some very good advice but as soon as I come to my senses and remember that I'm not in my 20's anymore I realize that I have some changes to make! I will have to adapt their advice to my needs as an older traveler. I suppose, in fact, that anyone would need to do that regardless of age.

There is just soooooooooo much to know and prepare for:

Choosing your luggage. After endless sightseeing - - or surfing the web and traipsing through different stores and malls, I've settled on a lightweight yet ro…
When I turned 60 I realized that what lay ahead right in front of me was the opportunity of a lifetime. The kids were now grown and living their own independent lives. There were no grandchildren yet. I was still healthy, thanks the L-rd, but work and income were dwindling to the bare minimum and it was getting harder to sustain myself with so little coming in. Even so, I felt comfortable where I was in New Hampshire. I had my cat to keep me company and an endless stream of Korean dramas to keep me happy.

At 60, in one's 7th decade, the reality is that many of my friends are living restricted lives... their finances are limited, some have large debt, many are still working to support a house and a maintain a comfortable lifestyle. At this age many friends have new health issues to contend with that limit their abilities. They are bound to doctors and medications and must adapt to a forced sense of retirement. With all this around me the truth was that I, although healthy, was m…