Elena Bowes

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

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3 weeks 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?

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks ago
Parenting - a few thoughts on... - Elena Bowes

Parenting – a few thoughts on… my latest blog post 😁
#parenting #kids #children

I got my haircut last week from ace NYC hairdresser Elie Camoro. Have you had your baby yet? I asked as Elie snipped. Yes, a week ago. We named him Cosmo which means order, decency and beauty. I have to tell you that when I was holding Cosmo in the hospital, and I looked at...

1 month ago
Lebanon with Madame Tour Guide Extraordinaire - Elena Bowes

My financial manager urged me to update my life insurance plan days before I flew. “Just in case” he said. Rather than being afraid, I was dazzled. #travel #Lebanon Hotel Albergo Avedis Guidanian http://bit.ly/ElenaBowesInLebanon

I have a Lebanese friend named Lara. Our friendship began outside the school gates in London over a decade ago. Lara wasn’t like any of the other class mothers- she hosted class dinners, graduation events, invited us to the Nutcracker, circuses, concerts, even EuroDisney. She was our fairy godmoth...

2 months ago
A valedictorian thanked teachers in her speech. Then she went scorched earth.

I loved this honest valedictorian’s speech! There’s no sugar coating here. #NatalyBuhr chose her moment in the limelight to chastise the teaching staff who failed her and other their students. Very bold. https://wapo.st/2Ko5hBg #students #speech #theteaching #valedictorian

The San Diego high school senior called her counselor "unavailable," the office staff negligent and lambasted a teacher who was arrested at school.

2 months ago
Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment

As with the great, the good, and the downright villainous whom the Queen has hosted over the decades, the President was smoothly disarmed with smiles, small talk, and a banquet.
For anyone who missed President Trump’s state visit to London, Anthony Lane provides a humorous account. "Banquets with ‘an arsenal of cutlery, even dictators get flummoxed" and a straight jacket-like white waist coat worked beautifully in silencing a normally brash and loud Commander-in-Chief. Three cheers for pomp and ceremony.

As with the great, the good, and the downright villainous whom the Queen has hosted over the decades, the President was smoothly disarmed with smiles, small talk, and a banquet.

3 months ago
A Woman Obsessed - Elena Bowes

Apartment renovation in Manhattan & London. Looking for Interiors Anonymous Group! Interior design new york #apartmentrenovation #newyork #london #interiordesign #decoration #design #style http://bit.ly/AWomanObsessed

Stretch and I are renovating an apartment in Manhattan that began life as a squash court. If only we were squash players we could have just moved in with our racquets. I am also redecorating a small flat in London, my home away from home. All this is to say that I have become a...

4 months 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...