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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 Some of those articles have been archived — for example, on the websites of The New York Times, Morningstar and Forbes.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

 

Features

 

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

 

Cooking in Other People’s Kitchen

 

Eating Like a Grape Picker in Alsace 

 

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, 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

 

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 Paris Markets That Are Worth the Journey

 

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

 

Where to Buy Kitchenware in France

 

Health Insurance

 

Health Insurance for Frequent Travelers

 

How I Sued My Health Insurance Company for a Premium Refund

 

Museums

 

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 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

 

Retirement

 

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

 

The Seamy Side of Airbnb Reviews

 

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

 

Travel

 

10 Things to Love About France in the Fall

 

A Favorite Paris Neighborhood, Above and Below Ground

 

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

 

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

 

Tiny Island in Unspoiled Waters

 

Touring Amsterdam: A Survival Guide

 

Two Carless Swiss Villages That Offer Something for Everyone

 

Travel in Asia as the Coronavirus Story Swirls

 

Travel Raincoats That Will Keep You Dry, in Style

 

Why and How to Visit Verdun

 

Why the Coronavirus Hasn’t Made Me Cancel Plans

 

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