Notes from the start of school

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”Mark Twain - (September) First day of school in Miami This morning, as complex and potentially fraught as yesterday's post, I want to talk about the beginning of …

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Following the rest of Italy to the Adriatic Coast

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain Our son, Andrew, and his wife, Alicia, are gracious and …

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“Carpe Librum” – (Seize the Book)

One of the great privileges of being a full-time writer is all the reading I get to enjoy. Fact is, solid reading habits are a key element in the "discipline" of being a professional wordsmith. Yesterday, while walking through the house, I noticed the pile of books (see photograph) on my side of the bed. …

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