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(Almost) Russian Connection…

Decades ago, I met a woman at a bookstore in Philadelphia, to whom I was instantly attracted.   However, the budding coupe de amour was dashed when she told me she was engaged to be married.  I had forgotten about this … Continue reading

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Parental Legacy

February 15, 2018 My father would have been one hundred and three years old yesterday, had he not died of a heart-attack a foggy Halloween night seventeen years ago in the emergency room of a small hospital in southern New … Continue reading

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Some favorites from The Barnes collection

What can you say about a place that has 181 (!) Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, and 46 Picassos among its holdings, all of them unlabeled (!) and hung in an idiosyncratic manner reflecting a personal and unique philosophy about … Continue reading

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Chuva (Rain) – A fado by Mariza

Having added the capability to embed videos into my blog, I feel like a kid with a new toy. A “fado” is a type of Portuguese folk song that has at its center a longing for something/someone gone and remembered.  … Continue reading

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My first “Coup de foudre”

The French have a term for everything worth noting about life and love.  Especially love.  (It’s beyond my ken how and when they gained this special status with that universal emotion.  Or how deserved it truly is.  But that’s a … Continue reading

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Fired Works – for HL

There is a brilliant, sad and powerful poem by Yehuda Amichai, the Israeli poet who should have been a Nobel-winner, with these lines: Once a great love cut my life in two. The first part goes on twisting at some … Continue reading

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Sky-diving: Terra Firma…NOT!

I started this account of my one sky-diving experience some years (!) ago…. and finally finished it last night. Any story where a man takes risks beyond the ordinary usually involves a woman.  On those occasions, “fool” and “man” are … Continue reading

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When in Scotland…..

It seems apt, as I am in Scotland this week, that I finally “finished” the poem below enough to make it visible to other eyes. In truth, I rarely stop tinkering with a poem, hence my output of completed ones … Continue reading

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Online Dating: responding to emails

A few months ago, I wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece containing advice for women writing profiles for online dating sites, notably Match.com. It was meant to be humorous and helpful, particularly about the use of photos, and – thankfully! – … Continue reading

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Online Dating Profile “Dos and Don’ts” for Women

Many – myself included – have used online dating services to fill what Margaret Mead called one of the most basic of human needs, to have: “…someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night…”. (No, … Continue reading

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