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Night Train

Night Train Knowing I’m going to spend the night on a train fills me with anticipation. There is a certain intimacy of sharing a cabin with other passengers, and in India, usually great conversations. We stand on the platform waiting. … Continue reading

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Noida to Rishikesh

  In India I found a race of mortals living on the earth, but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities but not being fixed to them. Possessing everything but possessed by nothing. Apollonius Tyaneus, Greek traveler of the 1st century … Continue reading

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Two Hungers

There are places on earth where great souls have lived, not those that have run corporations, made huge sums of money or were world famous, but those that have lived an exemplary inner life. They leave footprints on the earth like the … Continue reading

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Photos

The house. Gardens in front are all pink and red geraniums and         Monet’s Kitchen  –blues and yellows and lots of copper. In the distance you can see the green Japanes bridge in Monet’s garden

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Last Days in Paris

The place we rented in Paris was a little far away from all the tourist activity, but it just happened to be right near the largest weekday market. It was more than four city blocks long with varieties of mushrooms … Continue reading

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Miromesnil We’re Moving In!

  We’re moving in! Actually, it started a year ago. I helped a friend, judy, with her garage sale when she was selling her house. She gave me a book called Gardens of  France. I wrote down ones I’d like to … Continue reading

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Afternoon in Giverny

Bleary eyed, the world is glossed over—I’m having a genuine Impressionist moment. Blues dissolve into yellows and greens reign. The truth is, tears blur my vision. I can’t believe I’m here. Giverny, a short drive north of Paris. Well, truth … Continue reading

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Paris Paris

Paris Paris Where to begin? At the metro. We started the day heading for Notre Dame. Parisiennes are like gophers. They tunnel thru the underground on the their way to work and play on the very efficient Metro—layers of more … Continue reading

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As We Leave the Ground

September 29, 2015 San Francisco, CA The seat belt clicks and I stash my book into the magazine pouch in front of me. The luggage compartment squeaks and rattles as travelers jostle their baggage to make room overhead. Newspapers crackle, … Continue reading

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Palapa on the Beach

Palapa on the Beach Outside San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico January, 2015 “Palapa on the Beach” the ad read on the Airbnb website. “Off the beaten track, just a short drive outside the city.” My fantasies were off and running. … Continue reading

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