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W hen people ask what I write about, my short answer is, “travel, taxes and transitions.” But actually, one of the joys of being a journalist is being able to cover a wide variety of topics. My purpose, always, is to be a lighthouse in the darkness: to reveal an angle that might not be readily apparent, or to help readers approach life in new ways. In pursuit of this goal, I have contributed to many different national publications. Some of those articles have been archived — for example, on the websites of The New York Times, Morningstar and Forbes. The following list of stories, arranged by category, shows the range of my work. It also archives all the blog posts that have appeared on this website.

Book Publishing

How My Book Became A (Self-Published) Best Seller

How to Borrow E-books and Audiobooks from the Library

The Dollars and Sense of Audiobooks: What Indie Publishers Need to Know

Book Reviews

Debut Author Hits The Jackpot With Novel About Alzheimer’s

Descendants Book Author Recalls Working With Clooney

Listening To Audiobooks While You Do Something Else Is The Ultimate In Multitasking

Roz Chast Uses Dark Humor To Cope With Aging Parents


An Insider’s Guide To Cate Blanchett’s Designer Outfits In Blue Jasmine

Better Vision Without Looking Your Age

Collecting: Thieves And Forgers Rush In Where Big Spenders Dare To Tread

Madeline And The Family Business

12 Ways To Beat Insomnia And Sleep Better — No Matter What’s Keeping You Awake

Waking to the Power Of Our Dream Worlds

 Food and  Wine

A Croatian Island Hideaway Becomes a Gourmet Holiday

Cooking in Other People’s Kitchens

Eating Like a Grape Picker in Alsace 

Four Alsace Markets That Are Worth the Journey

Four Basque Markets That Are Worth the Journey

Four Périgord Markets That Are Worth the Journey

Flavors of Basque Country in a Brooklyn Kitchen

How a Visit to Basque Country Cured Me of Fish Phobia

How to Eat Like A Basque Without Breaking the Bank

In Alsace During Grape Harvest, ‘BYOB’ Means Bring a Bottle to Fill

In Alsace, Elevating a Once-Scorned Grape to a New Status

In France, Doing a Reverse Julia Child

It’s Piquillo Pepper Season. So Don’t Mess with the Roaster in Tolosa

Lessons from a Fish Sauce Entrepreneur

Making Normandy-Style Chicken on the Côte Fleurie

Mastering the Art of Eating Hanoi Street Food

Shopping for le Weekend in Paris

Sniffing Out a Restaurateur’s Cheesemonger

The Cabdrivers’ Guide to Singapore’s Best Hawker Food

The Whole Bonito on Budget Travel

Three Normandy Markets That Are Worth the Journey

Three Paris Markets That Are Worth the Journey

Three Restaurants Where the Basques Go to Celebrate

Tracing a Legendary French Cheese to Its Source in Saint-Nectaire

Walnut Fever in the Périgord

Where to Buy Kitchenware in France

Health Insurance

Health Insurance for Frequent Travelers

How I Sued My Health Insurance Company for a Premium Refund

Life in the Time of Covid-19

A Garden of Hope Grows in Brooklyn

Bernie’s Mittens Inspire Souvenir Sock Retread

Covid Cocooning in a French Château

DIY Face Masks Divert Friends from Covid-19 Horror

How One Couple Makes Harmony in the Time of Covid

How to Borrow E-books and Audiobooks from the Library

How to Get Your Stimulus Payment More Quickly (In Theory)

How to Lead a Paperless Financial Life

How Young Adults Can Get Retroactive Stimulus Payments

In Lieu of Travel, a Tour of Trader Joe’s French Cheese

In Luang Prabang Without Tourists, a Visionary Regroups

Mail-Ordered French Balms Take the Sting Off Travel Limits

My First Plane Trip Amid the Coronavirus

My Last Hurrah Before This Lost Year

Pandemic Drunken Noodles Take Edge Off Sobering News

Pandemic Refuge in a Basque Fishing Village

Pandemic Pursuit: A Yearbook Lost and Found

Pandemic Refuge in a Swiss Mountain Village

Pruning Books the Pandemic Makes Passé

Travel in Asia as the Coronavirus Story Swirls

When the Pandemic Shut Their Second-Act Business

Why the Coronavirus Hasn’t Made Me Cancel Plans

Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With Borders Closed to Contain Covid-19, Some Folks Can’t Go Home Again


A Slumber Party Where the Wild Things Are

A Visit to Paris Without Leaving Home

From a Page of French History, Lessons for Modern Times

In Paris, Four Hot Tickets Take the Chill Off Winter

Personal Essays

Changing Careers May Have Saved My Life

How My Parachute Took 75 Years to Drop in Normandy

How to Grow Your Network Without Really Trying

Neil Armstrong Dies; Two Takes On His ‘Giant Leap For Mankind’

Summer Camp And The Process Of Letting Go

The Best Travel Souvenirs Are Inexpensive, Everyday Items

When It’s Time To Part With Family Heirlooms, And Why I Gave Away Grandpa Oscar’s Violin

Why We Need Friends Of All Ages

Personal Finance

5 Last-Minute Tax Breaks to Grab Before Year-End

6 Ways the Tax Overhaul Could Hurt You

10 Things To Do When You Win The Lottery

Charity Bankruptcy Leaves Many Donors in Distress

Estate Planning as a Family Conversation

Foundations With a Limited Life

Home Office Deduction Can Skirt Limits on State and Local Taxes

How to Guesstimate Your 2018 Taxes in Three Easy Steps

How to Make Money Without A Job

Inherited IRA Rules: What You Need to Know

Inherited Savings Bonds: What You Need to Know

Loyalty Program Rules Aren’t Ironclad

My Magic Carpet Ride In India

The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received

You Can Get Richer Pinching Pennies Like Warren Buffett


3 Ways the New Tax Law Can Hurt Retirees

How A Serial Entrepreneur Built A $95 Million Tax Free Roth IRA

How to Be Richer in Retirement

How to Find Purpose and Meaning Without a Job

How to Make an IRA Last Longer

The Best Foreign Retirement Havens

To Sell, or Not to Sell (Your House)

Sharing Economy

Airbnb ‘Instant Book’ Is Devastating to Older Hosts

Fed Up with Airbnb Amateurs? How to Find the Pros

How to Find the Perfect French Vacation Rental

How to Spot An Airbnb Guest Who Has Something to Hide

Seven Things Your Airbnb Host Won’t Tell You

The Seamy Side of Airbnb Reviews

What to Do if Your Vacation Turns into an Airbnb Horror Story


10 Things to Love About France in the Fall

A Croatian Odyssey Through Villages Lost in Time

A Favorite Paris Neighborhood, Above and Below Ground

A Week in Normandy for Those Who Prefer ‘D-Day Lite’

An Appointment in Bern That Wasn’t on Our Itinerary

Avoiding the Crowds on Ha Long Bay

Can Travelers Be Trusted?

Enjoying Besançon Out of Tempo

Four Great Rooftop Views of Paris

How To Travel Anywhere With Nothing But A Carry-On Bag

How To Visit Switzerland Without Breaking The Bank

In Bilbao, a Flavorful Mix of Modern and Medieval

In Phu Quoc, Vietnam, a Fragile Piece of Paradise

In Saint-Cyprien, the Périgord’s Past Is Present

Rather than Barneys, perhaps Bangkok

Renting Homes in Five of the Périgord’s Medieval Villages

Savoring Alsace: A Slow Traveler Goes Beyond the Façades

Six High-Altitude Vacations To Take While You Can

The Scarves That Tie Me to Places I’ve Been

Tiny Island in Unspoiled Waters

Touring Amsterdam: A Survival Guide

Two Carless Swiss Villages That Offer Something for Everyone

Travel Raincoats That Will Keep You Dry, in Style

Why and How to Visit Verdun