WEEKLY COLUMN


Reunions

Life is full of reunions. There is something deep inside of me that is hard-wired for any type of reunion— family, school, old friends— I […]

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The Cold Shower Happy Hour

MILAN, ITALY— “We don’t have your rooms, Mr. St. John.” Those are the words a tour leader never wants to hear. The words weren’t, “We […]

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5232 Miles

VILLA IL SANTO, TUSCANY— December is the “slow period” over here. The grapes have all been picked. The olives have almost all been pressed. It’s […]

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Tuscany 2018

BARBARINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— I sit and write this column at 10:15 p.m. in a one-thousand-year-old converted barn while 14 weary Americans have just retired […]

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Corner Market

My uncle and his wife were diehard Francophiles. He was originally from my hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After his undergraduate work at Mississippi State, he […]

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Dear John

A man once said, “You can call me anything you want, just don’t call me late to dinner.” It’s an old joke that’s been around […]

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Daylight Savings Time

I “fell back” yesterday. I didn’t hurt myself. No neck brace, stitches, or crutches were needed. I fell back in the sense that I didn’t […]

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For the Love of Cream Cheese

This past weekend, we hosted a small gathering of friends. My wife had worked hard to prepare several dips, spreads, and hors-d’oeuvres for the group […]

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Community Tables

The first time I ever sat at a community table was in the early 1980s at Paul Prudhomme’s legendary restaurant, K-Paul’s, in New Orleans’ French […]

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MAGICAL MISSISSIPPI TOUR

The Beatles were such a huge part of my childhood that they filter through almost every aspect of my life— even as a 57-year old. […]

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