Earlier this month, Ken and I took an anniversary retreat to an isolated peninsula on the Washington coast. We delighted in fresh razor clams and a, vast, windswept beach framed by forest and thundering seas. Bald eagles and an unusual species of coastal crow kept us entertained. There was no phone, no TV. We spent three wonderful days there.

What I did as we settled into our first afternoon by the sea was read the Sunday New York Times on a sweet little portable CCTV called the Mezzo. Our original interest in this beautifully crafted, high-definition Mezzo was for people who want a small footprint piece of equipment for electronic magnification that is perfect for small spaces or for reading recipes in a kitchen, for example.

This German made invention, it turns out, is a gem of a traveling buddy. It even has a battery accessory in case where you are going is without convenient power!

The 16” screen size makes for a quiet, low profile device that quickly unfolds for easy set up on a corner card table. I was in a heaven of pleasure to read away the afternoon and settle into restful, unscripted time surrounded by the sights and sounds of the spectacular Washington coast.