Monthly Archives: May 2008

The View Remains the Same … Thankfully

[slideshow] You can see it all from my boat – the stunning Carrara mountains where the blinding white marble has been in constant use by artists like Henry Moore and Michelangelo. You see the shimmering sweep of it for miles and miles providing a dreamy backdrop to nonstop Italian beaches. Let’s start in Viareggio. For […]

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Whoopi the Decoder Finds Out Why We Get ‘Taxed up the Behind’

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Editor’s note: When people say it isn’t rocket science, ever wonder what it is that makes rocket science so darn hard? In our Decoder series, Whoopi Goldberg seeks out experts across a wide spectrum of fields to find out how things work, from the encryption on your iPod to the fine print on your tax […]

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To Lose a Child

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Based on a personal experience, a poem to honor mothers who have lost their children in Myanmar and Sichuan. Is there a worse pain than the loss of a child? To Lose a Child I watched my friend suffer When her child died And I knew that she would die Though Breathing For the rest […]

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Ted Kennedy Is a Lovely Human Being; I Am Praying for Him

I hope you read my story about the Chicago convention when, at a big luncheon, Ted Kennedy kept patting my tummy because I was wearing one of those bouncy full-skirted dresses in style at the time and he thought I was pregnant and he was patting the baby. That is one of those mistakes you […]

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Gypsy’s Definitive Guide to the Med, Part One

[slideshow] Spain has everything and Barcelona tops the list. I would stay at the Omm Hotel and eat in its chic Moo restaurant, with its plates individually painted by the important artists in town and its sculptures on every table. They are not for sale but I did persuade the talented artist, Robert Llimos, to […]

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Naples: Still Dirty After All These Years?

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It is said that the E.U. is planning to take Naples to court because it is not collecting its garbage and it is building up in the streets, creating a putrid fog. It is also said that wealthier Neapolitans are keeping their own lanes smelling clean by throwing their garbage into the sea. All this […]

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First Kiss

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Do you remember your very first kiss or has it faded … First Kiss I ran into my first love on the streets of N.Y.C. Sweet love from decades Ago. Forty years. He was elderly – “Sheila,” he said “Oh my God.” He was my very first tongue kiss My rubber band braces snapped And […]

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Cokie Roberts: Eliza Hamilton, the Silda Spitzer and Pearls Behind Swine of Her Day

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Editor’s Note: ABC News Correspondent Cokie Roberts discusses her bestselling new book Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. LESLEY: You write about Mrs. Alexander Hamilton in your new book. And I heard you say once that she was the Silda Spitzer of her day. COKIE: Right. The first of our many, way […]

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Marie Brenner’s Advice for Estranged Siblings: Make the Call, Get on a Plane, Just Go

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Editor’s Note: Marie Brenner, author of Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found, is also contributing editor at Vanity Fair, author of Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women and a close friend. LESLEY: You’ve written a powerful, emotional book, Apples and Oranges, about what it’s like when you don’t get […]

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Mary Wells Is Ready for Her Close-up

Gypsy invites us to share a day with her on the glorious island of Capri

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