Elena Bowes

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

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2 days ago
Perfection is so over-rated - Elena Bowes

Next Friday, about 146 hours and ten minutes, from now, – I will be giving a welcoming talk to hundreds of illustrious Columbia Journalism School alum at the afternoon tea. What do I say? http://bit.ly/2IB7rwc #writerlife #publicspeaker #alumni #journalists #journalism #talk

It’s a big year for me. Not only is it my 30th reunion of the Columbia Journalism School, but my daughter is getting married. At both events I will be required to speak in public in front of lots of people looking at me expecting me to say something interesting or witty or both. This is not...

1 week ago
These books spark joy: The bursting, beautiful shelves of famous bibliophiles

I love this article. While Marie Kondo is right that the power of de-cluttering one’s house, helps de-clutter one’s mind, I think people should be very careful about clearing out old books. My advice for what it's worth (not much, I know) is not to get rid of books that you loved, even if you’ve read them before because you might want to re-read them or just look at them, flip through them and be reminded of why you loved them in the first place. For example, I know people might judge me negatively when they see “Eat, Pray, Love” on my bookshelf. But I don’t care. That book did ... See more

Amid the decluttering craze, we asked people for the stories behind their collections.

2 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
Opinion | The Best Restaurant if You’re Over 50

It’s not just sex and sleep that change as you age, it’s supper, says my new favorite columnist Frank Bruni. For anyone over 50, I think this article will strike several chords. When it comes to eating out, we care about different things at 50, then we did at 30 or 40. Noise (not a lot please) simple uncomplicated food (roast chicken sounds perfect tonight and when I come back next week) our favorite cocktail and comfy, back supporting chairs.

I went to a concert last week - I’m friends with people in the band. My girlfriend tried talking to me over the din of the music. I could not ... See more

It’s not just sex and sleep that change as you age. It’s supper.

3 weeks ago
My Time as a Camera Sherpa - Elena Bowes

This got me thinking- I’ve been a journalist for thirty years. Maybe it’s time for a change, a 2nd chapter? #writerlife #journalists #timeforchange

My friend Becky has recently opened an interiors shop in Westport, Connecticut. I work all the time. I never have a chance to exercise or do anything, Becky laughs. I love it. I’m totally passionate about it. Becky says she has noticed that she’s not alone. As we women hit our fifties, with no k...

1 month ago
Sensational Scandinavia - Travels with Stretch - Elena Bowes

A new post from Scandinavia! Vasamuseet / The Vasa Museum Gasoline Grill Skt. Petri and much more...

Excuse me, did you just say ‘grated reindeer heart’? I ask our Swedish waitress, as she sets the plates down in front of us. She speaks perfect English but with a heavy accent. I probably misheard her. She nods and starts talking again. Excuse me, I interrupt once more. Did you just say ‘smoke...

1 month ago
The Possible World - Hooked, on Page 1 - Elena Bowes

One thing that I really admired about Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s page-turner of a novel The Possible World is the story itself. How did Schwarz make this imaginative tale spanning a hundred years and told through the eyes of three totally different protagonists so compelling and believable? ‘W...

1 month ago
The Possible World - 26

A pleasure to catch up with the author Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, for 26.org.uk, following the release of her 2nd novel, The Possible World, a wonderful read. Hear what Liese had to say ... https://www.26.org.uk/features/spotlight/the-possible-world

Following the release of Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s second novel, The Possible World, last summer, Elena Bowes caught up with the doctor-turned-author to get an insight into her process, her inspiration, and her love of a good cuppa.…

2 months ago
Claire Tomalin: Writing a Life - Elena Bowes

I caught up with English author and biographer Claire Tomalin about her best-selling memoir A Life of My Own. I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough. Still working, the 85-year-old author shared her thoughts on moving on from sadness, finding love late in life (she married playwright and author Michael Frayn in 1993 when they were both 60) and her favourite London libraries.

I caught up with English author and biographer Claire Tomalin about her best-selling memoir A Life of My Own. I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough. Still working, the 85-year-old author shared her thoughts on moving on from sadness, finding love late in life (she married playwright and ...

3 months ago
John Bercow, Shouting for ‘Order’ Amid Chaos, Is Brexit’s Surprise Star and Villain

Between the fiasco that is Brexit on one side of the pond and the longest government shutdown in the US’s history on the other, sometimes I just want to crawl under the sheets and look at New Yorker cartoons.
For others in want of a momentary escape, I recommend Ellen Barry’s humorous article in The New York Times about Parliament’s - small in stature large in confidence and annoyance factor - Speaker of the House John Bercow. While the health minister has called Bercow a ‘stupid sanctimonious dwarf,’ a French radio station begs to differ, awarding Bercow ‘European of the ... See more

Speaker John Bercow has overturned precedent to give the British Parliament a bigger role in Brexit.