Author Archives: inezhollander

Moving Transatlantically


When Henry Miller had to leave his beloved Paris, he was dragging his feet. He had not just found Paris, Paris had found him and if there was one place he owed his succes to, it was Paris (notwithstanding the … Continue reading

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FOGOS and FOOD or how COOKING is short for COPING


OK, we’ve all had it with 2020, haven’t we?! We’re still living in pandemic times, the economy is cratering and Trump continues his coup d’état. How do you cope? Or rather, what are your coping mechanisms? How do you go … Continue reading

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Out of Sight, but Hardly Out of Mind


You all may think we’re living la dolce vita here, and yes, we are kissing the ground every time we wake up, but this week, I have found it harder to disengage from everything that seems to be happening in … Continue reading

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Scar Tissue


I need to update you, I realize, especially after I left rather alarming pictures of a fire near our house (two nights ago, about a half mile away). We were just lounging in the yard that night and saw a … Continue reading

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Uncorked and Slowing Down…


Our first month of living here is almost over and it has been intense. Last week, we signed the final papers of the house at the Notary in Ponte de Lima and, at times I felt I was dreaming, like … Continue reading

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When Twitter Recedes into the Background…


We have been here for a little over a week and yes, we’re still very much on our honeymoon, so please forgive me for the purple prose in case it flows out in ways I can’t seem to stop it. … Continue reading

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A Pie of Heaven


Every day we wake up at the top of this green hill. It has an expansive view of the valley down below with the sounds of roosters, dogs and sheep traveling upward and when we take in that view, we … Continue reading

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America, Boulevard of Broken Dreams


I ain’t no Whitman and can’t hum any harmonies or hymns about your mountains’ majesties and shining seas. But I have gasped at your expansive rugged Western landscapes That look like God created them on his best day.   You … Continue reading

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Why We Are Leaving for Portugal…


I owe you another blog but selling the house in the middle of a pandemic and buying another one thousands of miles away when you can’t even enter Europe has been a trifle distracting. Also, even though Jon quit his … Continue reading

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Publish or Perish, Whatever, But A Publisher is What I Need… So Hear Me Out…


Dear Readers of this blog, I promised you other stuff, like a letter to my children in case Corona felled me like a vulnerable tree, but life is unpredictable and you have a ton of time on your hands, sitting … Continue reading

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