Elena Bowes

New York-London travel & design writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

I’m working on a toast for your graduation, I texted my youngest daughter Julia who is graduating from Duke University in about two weeks. I hate toasts, she replied. Write me a letter. This was about the best text I’d received in a while. Not only do I hate giving toasts, turns out she hates...

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March 31st, 2021 | Ponderings

Is Stretch My LeBron?

This morning as I was making my 2nd cup of coffee, I started to feel a bit peckish. I noticed there was only one banana on the kitchen counter. The…

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March 20th, 2021 | Ponderings

Dual Sim, Dual Life

I’d been standing for a good hour waiting for Damien, my very own Verizon customer service provider, to activate my brand new dual sim Mac 12 Iphone, one physical phone…

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March 1st, 2021 | Ponderings

Reflections by me

In addition to interviewing authors I love, I also am working on a collection of personal essays. Here’s the first one. I hope you enjoy it. Introduction: I will be…

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1 year ago
Opinion | The 2018 Campaign Worked

I totally agree with NYTimes columnist David Leonhardt -
if the Democrats want to win, like they did in 2018, it’s vital they campaign with what matters most in swing cities - affordable healthcare and good jobs. Not global warming and immigration. #climatechange #healthcare #campaign #immigration #totallyagree #thedemocrats

Have Democrats forgotten?

1 year ago
Designer Charlotte Barnes Brings Old Charm to a Rhode Island Home

My piece for July addition of @CottagesGardens ... Designer Charlotte Barnes Brings Old Charm to a Rhode Island Home http://bit.ly/2SIaZiG

Family mementos, colorful fabrics and unique finds fill a Rhode Island getaway.

1 year ago
Opinion | Depressed? Here’s a Bench. Talk to Me.

This community effort to treat depression may not be perfect, but it’s a good start in dealing with a pervasive illness - depression. Sometimes just having someone to talk to, a compassionate person to listen to your problems is a step towards recovery http://bit.ly/FriendshipBenchWorkers

On the streets of New York, the city supports a program, first used in Zimbabwe, of having peers offer an ear to people who are suffering but are not in a position to seek professional therapy.