Author Archives: alwaysorange

About alwaysorange

Writer, teacher, wife and mother. Lover of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Also, dark roast coffee, home-cooked meals, good books, spending time with my family, and planning for vacations.

A Writer’s Manifesto: The Kind of Writer I Want to Be

This summer was the first in several that I did not have a writing deadline. The book was finished, published in fact. Outside of one book review due in June, I had no other commitments. Instead of feeling a sense … Continue reading

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La Belle Province, par deux

Next week, our family will visit la belle province—otherwise known as “the beautiful province”—a nickname often used for Quebec. Last summer, Brad and I spent a week exploring Montreal, loving the  European-charm-meets-modern-city feel of the place. During our stay, we … Continue reading

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Road Trip Manual

Summer has arrived in full force on Long Island. The parking lots to the beaches fill before noon. The blooms on the hydrangeas are so plentiful that the branches droop to the ground, trying to bear the weight of the … Continue reading

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Part II: Some Travel Advice

In the weeks leading up to our Italy trip, Brad and I spent a fair bit of time planning and thinking about the places we wanted to visit. We also chatted with some friends who travel regularly to Italy. Being … Continue reading

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Part I: My Top 5 Favorites of Italy

I told myself I wasn’t going to apologize anymore. But, I must. The last post I wrote was in February, before the Italy trip. Two months have passed. So, I must apologize—especially if you have checked alwaysorange with any regularity, … Continue reading

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Tuscany Bound!

Tomorrow, Brad and I will travel to Europe, specifically Italy, for the first time in our lives. Finally. This has been a dream for a long time. For a husband-and-wife team that loves exploring new places and learning about new … Continue reading

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Slow Cooking: A Magical Transformation

It could be because it is winter. It could be because whatever is “old” is now “new.” Or it could be because cookbook writers and others have been singing the praises of the humble crock pot for the past several … Continue reading

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