Grist for the Mill (news, in other words)

Borned in Madrid!

May 15 is San Isidro Day, the day of Madrid’s patron saint. In true Madrileño fashion, that requires festivities from…

Three Good Things (Gratitude)

I. The List/The Group Sometimes it’s hard to remember those first dark days of Covid, when we all convinced ourselves…

Requisite Spring

Between the last walk I took in the park and now, it has become an exuberance of lilacs. The green…

Weather Report: Sun

It has been an odd spring. Back in January and February, when it ought to have rained, it stubbornly refused…

Weather Report

This morning, porteros were busily, ineffectually sluicing dust blown from the Sahara off Madrid’s doorsteps. The meteorologists tweeted: “don’t go…

Transparency

Saturday morning, I got the text: the person I’d spent a few hours with on Friday was suddenly part of…

News from the Spanish Front

Today, for the first time since Christmas Eve, I’ll be able to walk outside our apartment without wearing a surgical…

The Bridge

America, as in the United States of — because once you’ve left it you discover America encompasses a lot more…

Fall Pubs

This morning, there were figs at the frutería, with a dusky purplish bloom to them like grapes, exotic and twice the…