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Global Thoughts — 2 February 2016

I was thrilled to see my now 10 year old daughter sitting on a chaise lounge at the pool over our holiday vacation reading the New York Times. My son was with her and they were both attempting to do the Times crossword puzzle.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 23 December 2015 (Year End)

On the beach in Puerto Rico

This has been a big week for us; Elizabeth has turned 10. Our daughter is now in double digit territory. I chaperoned her and several young girls having a tea party at a local tea house and did my best to leave them alone.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 9 November 2015

On campus with Ben Franklin at University of Pennsylvania for homecoming weekend.

This past month my daughter Elizabeth who is soon to turn 10 cooked up a chicken cutlet dinner (well, she prepared the cutlet and someone else did the frying).… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 18 August 2015

 

Hiking at Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY

Jeremy has just turned 8 but on the street on the ever-present scaffolding he did 3 full extended chin-ups and one full pull-up. He’s going to be a mighty mite down the line.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 9 July 2015 including Travel Notes on France and Eastern Tennessee

On the rocks at Cap Ferrat, France.

A friend of mine does comedy routines at comedy clubs around the country and he told me that you just can’t do Hillary Clinton jokes, because nobody wants to hear about her. That to my mind is a strong signal that she is not going to gain traction as a political candidate amongst ordinary people.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 18 May 2015 (including Rome with Kids notes)

Bicycle for 4 in Villa Borghese Park, Rome

My son went to Gladiator School in Rome during our visit to Italy last month. He tends to talk a lot and his gladiator instructor who very much looked the part and wanted to simulate ancient Rome was having none of it.… Continue Reading →

Cuba Travel Notes — 15 May 2015

Last stop before the airport, a quick ride in a 58 year old Chevy which I virtually hijacked. Details below.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a real adventure like this, but I anticipate that Cuba is going to change and I wanted to see it the way it is now before the cafes in the town squares become Starbucks and the historic buildings framing those intersections become Westins.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 April 2015

Celebrating Karen’s special birthday

We have reached another milestone in our family – we are now calling the “diaper bag” the “fun bag.” You know how you keep calling something the diaper bag even though your kids have been out of diapers for years?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 3 March 2015

Family at Homestead Resort in Virginia

Can you believe that in the US if you want to telephone the Internal Revenue Service to ask a question about how to file your taxes they no longer have people who will talk to you?… Continue Reading →

Top 40 Hideaways in the World According to Ivan — April 2017

In no particular order is my updated list of Favorite Hideaways from places that I have visited over the past 15 years — about 300 properties visited during that time. To be on this list, the property has to excel in almost every way, meaning rooms, food, beautiful surroundings, activities, service, facilities, a feeling of intimacy and privacy; unique features or character.… Continue Reading →

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