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Montenegro, What’s in a Name?

My grandmother, who spent her widowhood taking cruises, would bring us back dolls from her exotic travels. I was happy to see one of the pairs – a man with a red vest and thick mustache, his wife in an … Continue reading

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What France Brings to the Table

That French people come together on a hot summer afternoon to eat a ripe meal with their average fellow mortals – that makes me love the French.  For what France brings to the table in the family of nations IS … Continue reading

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Wave if You Love Me

The children shuffle in, although to call them children is a stretch.  Most of them are aged 21 or 22, therefore majority age, therefore adults.  Some are 23 or 24 – there have been interruptions in their schooling, they have … Continue reading

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Robert F. Kennedy: No Place the Poet Can’t Go

Bobby Kennedy was recognized in his day as a Samaritan, a man deeply gifted in finding and speaking to the common core of diverse people.  He spoke in his own register – as a white, male, Yankee and “elitist” – … Continue reading

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So I’m…..

I’ve always had sly fondness for “so.”  As a social starter, it used to go something like this: “So,” the best friend might say with twinkling eyes, “what happened last night?” The gossip wags, “So…guess I saw together in the … Continue reading

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End Days in Naples

End Days in Naples Here’s proposing “End Days in Napoli” as a fabulous opera – how perfect this baroque jostling everyone playing their roles – sidewalk men singing arias, girls swishing with trays of cafe; churches losing their swirls in … Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita’s back streets

Capri is Capri, people say. It’s so beautiful and elegant, the lanes lined with pines and villas, white hotels trailing down to the famous rocky grottos, sly waiters in suit jackets in the central piazza. It’s true that imagination goes … Continue reading

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The Mafia Dons & Culture

  Florence still feels handworked, like burnished gold, and an astonishment of deeply human masterpieces.  The jewel box is also beset, overrun by tourists, but who can blame them – we dropped in, mother-daughter duo, for a quick day and … Continue reading

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Ecco Easter, Testaccio

Testaccio, a working Roman neighborhood where Easter is every day, slightly elevated, as man is everyman. The great dramas are woven into the quotidian – births and creations and unraveling our endless failings (thus our fragile nervous systems) tongue lashings … Continue reading

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Debating Seder – for Mireille Knoll

What is Seder? A time to leave doors open like Mireille Knoll, late of Paris: “If she could have she would have welcomed the entire world into her home” entertain anyone who has a mother though she survived the Nazis, … Continue reading

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