A Note From Lauren

Valentine’s Day

When I was growing up in Boston, February was one of the duller months. It was still the dead of winter, with slush and ice on the ground, coughs and head colds, and gray days all around. Spring seemed so ...

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Meet Elke

Once upon a time, I had the best little dog in the world. You’ve all heard of Cooper. He was my boy and got me through a rough time in my life. Well, Cooper decided he’d rather be with his ...

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Must Be Santa

The conspicuous consumption of the holidays continues. There are 12 more days of buying and wrapping and decorating and cooking that will come screeching to a halt, followed by another week left of this interesting year that is better off ...

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Uncle Ricky

Uncle Ricky. When I say his name, it makes me smile. Enrico Visco met my mother’s sister Gloria on a blind date. He claims he was sitting in a rocking chair on his friend’s porch, and when she walked gracefully ...

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Love, Laughter and Little Girls

I just returned from a long-overdue trip to Arizona to visit my cousin Karen, her daughter Joy, and Joy’s adorable daughters, the E-mazing Emma and Savannah. The last time I saw Savannah, she was a baby. She turned two in ...

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Halloween Musings

Halloween is right around the corner, but every day in October has been relentlessly hot here in SWLA. If you know me, then you are aware that this is a good thing, hating the cold as much as I do. ...

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The Path of Destruction

by Lauren Abate Hurricane season is in full force, with all that comes with it. As we speak, Matthew is raging across the Atlantic, creating havoc over Haiti. But the destruction that I’m referring to in the title is not ...

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Riding the Rails

by Lauren Abate I had a very fun and interesting experience recently: I took the train to Houston. I grew up on trains, but that was the subway (which I miss terribly, by the way). When I moved out of ...

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Survival

By Lauren Abate Today I called the randomly selected winner of the Find Phil contest to let her know she had won two tickets to the Styx concert coming to L’Auberge on Labor Day weekend. My heart sank when a ...

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Old Movie

By Lauren Abate Watching an old movie, especially one that you really like and have seen over and over again, brings back a lot of memories. Especially if you first saw it in the theater, it can transport you back ...

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