Monthly Archives: March 2010

Easter Greetings Across the Atlantic: Yes, it’s Doris Brazil

Dear Blabs, I am fit to burst with excitement at the prospect of your friend buying a retirement home in Appleton Marsh. And how exciting to have a celebrity from the Beeb in our midst. We do love our BBC … Continue reading

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Each to his own in Itchy Ankle

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House-hunting for a friend. Can Doris help?

Dear Doris, I am hoping you may be able to share some insights from the Appleton Marsh real estate market with a friend of mine recently retired from an executive position in London. She worked for the BBC and all … Continue reading

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Pretending to be a food critic

If you’ve had dinner in a branch of Five Guys in Beirut, then you’ve had an experience to mirror mine tonight.  I ate in Kababji, the first restaurant the Lebanese chain has opened in the US. It’s just south of Dupont … Continue reading

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Doris takes a dim view

  Doris’s latest letter below refers to information the Crone shared about a particularly new age spa she visited in Scottsdale last week.  You can read the Crone’s letter here, catch up on the whole Doris Brazil correspondence here and learn … Continue reading

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As large as life and twice as cheerful.

Take two tables, each shaped like a slice of melon and place one of them in Boxborough MA and one in Phoenix AZ. Add the magic of Cisco Telepresence, three 65 inch television screens, and some eerily good audio and … Continue reading

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Irish music in the Desert

  Yesterday, in honor of the saint who chased the snakes from Ireland, the Celtic Chorale provided musical accompaniment to the Crone’s breakfast at the Intercontinental Montelucia hotel in Phoenix Arizona.  Their music and singing were completely  beautiful and it … Continue reading

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In reluctant praise of Reader’s Digest

I have been reading Reader’s Digest, a publication I last enjoyed some 40 years ago. I find it curiously, and reassuringly, unchanged. Back in the day, my father used to bring home old copies passed to him by a colleague and I, … Continue reading

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Business Development for Doris Brazil

Dear Blabs, My goodness, what a fulfilling life you do lead and how you seem to mix with the glitterati. My friends, by comparison, do not sparkle in the slightest and the worst of it is that I fit in … Continue reading

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Beware the killer coral–a cautionary tale from the beauty salon

One of the great things about any kind of beauty treatment is the opportunity to overhear other women’s stories. This one is a cracker. In the massage chair next to the Crone this morning was a beautiful blonde woman. Like … Continue reading

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