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A Crummy Day in Venice (but not too crummy)

November 14, 2013:  It was a cold, windy, rainy day in Venice, but it was Venice. The gondoliers parked their horses for the night: And the cafes in the square wanted us to sit out in the cold and eat: Even … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Thoughts on Italy

I’m lucky enough to be planning another trip to Italy with my mom, leaving in a couple of weeks. Last time I was there, I took a lot of photos of beautiful buildings and sculptures. They’re everywhere you look. The … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Salesperson

Today I had sort of a long boring day as a salesperson. I drove 2-1/2 hours to a customer who just had to see me in person. I got to his office right on time. Then I waited for him for … Continue reading

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My Two Favorite Tourist Traps in Rome

You shouldn’t avoid tourist traps just because they are tourist traps. I know this because I have been to some really famous tourist traps and most of them were pretty great. One of these days I’ll make a couple of … Continue reading

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Venice in the Morning

Our first morning in Venice, we took a water taxi somewhere (I can’t remember where, without looking it up!). The city looks like a weird movie. I only wish my photos could explain how odd it is to look at a city … Continue reading

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Pottery I Love, from Jamaica

Although I do cat voices very well (and credibly, if you ask me), I possess no other artistic skills. I do admire others’ work, though, especially pottery. Here’s the first in what I hope to be a (short) series on hand-thrown pottery that … Continue reading

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The Roman Coliseum, November 2011

On the night before we went to the Coliseum in Rome, I charged my camera battery underneath the desk in our hotel room. As in any typical hotel room, there were no other electrical plug-ins to be found, and I … Continue reading

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A Non-Believer, Still Stunned

It’s been a month since my mom and I returned from our trip to Italy, and looking back, one of my favorite moments of the trip was unexpectedly running across Michelangelo’s “Pieta” at St. Peter’s in Rome. Something you can’t … Continue reading

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Shallow but Persistent Thoughts About Italy

Having returned to the United States from a trip to Italy a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been asked quite a few times how I enjoyed my trip. I did enjoy it immensely, as I got to travel with my mom, visit another country, and … Continue reading

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Hoare Abbey

Another Irish ruin that we had all to ourselves–Hoare Abbey, right below the Rock of Cashel.

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