730 Days

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2011 | Category: Reflections

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Don’t fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you — Paul Tsongas I had a birthday earlier this month, and it got me to thinking. Birthdays have a way of doing that as you get older, don’t […]

Tears

Posted: Monday, August 15, 2011 | Category: Reflections

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You is kind . . . you is smart . . . you is important — Aibilene Clark, The Help Short one today. There have been two books in my life that brought me to tears. The first one was Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God. I read it in Bermuda, with […]

Seeing L’Aquila — Will the eagle soar again?

Posted: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Only after a disaster can we be resurrected. — Chuck Palahniuk There are some places that you have to see, no matter how  painful or emotional they might be. As a native New Yorker who was living near Boston when  the terrorists attacked on 9/11, I knew I had to get down  there as soon […]