Hi and welcome to my little silk strand of the Web! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m a former politico; I’ve drafted speeches for a Cabinet secretary, written a book, and lectured on more than 100 college campuses. I left that life behind and became a full-time lifestyle blogger. And I’m having so much more fun now! Do you long to taste what the world has to offer you? I’m here to show you: It can be done.
I was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and salt water runs through my veins. Most of my family still lives in New England. I love to visit with them. But I’m a natural nomad. I lived for a time in Newport Beach, California. For now I have a condo in Alexandria, Virginia, and that’s where I am when I’m not exploring the world or driving around the country in Mercy B, my silver sedan.
I’m a Bohemian preppy, a New Englander in the South, and a walking contradiction. I love luxury, but hate to over-spend, so I’m always looking for good deals. I love food, but hate to gain weight, so I keep low-carb when I can and indulge when I can get away with it. I’m quirky. I can’t stand peanut butter, grape juice, or anything slivery—sautéed mushrooms, sliced almonds, shredded coconut. I’m sensitive to everything; I’ve gotten vertigo from a rock concert and contact dermatitis from a pen. I can’t sing a note on key. I can recite chunks of Miracle, Braveheart, and Ocean’s 11 from memory. I have two favorite places: home and away. In other words, I’m a travelling homebody. I love to explore art museums and gardens and wineries, catch a concert or a ballgame, relax on a boat or at a spa, feel snug and safe in a fine hotel, and sit on a barstool or a waterfront porch and sample new dishes and cuisines. And then I love to come home. I love to read and to cook and bake and to entertain.
That’s what you’ll find here on the blog— fun places to visit, new recipes to try, ideas to live the lifestyle you want, on your terms.
Living well is an art, and it requires an artist’s thoughtful vision, a knowledgeable appreciation for heritage, curiosity, a sense of harmony, and a dedication to excellence. The Sancerres at Sunset lifestyle is about intentionally making life fabulous. You’ve done what you have to do. It’s your turn now. You don’t need permission. The world is where you belong. And so you sit and savor the glorious sunset over a well-paired plate of cheese and bottle of wine. Enjoy!