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Roman Sunday, September 15, 2013

A lion, stalking his destiny outside the church of Santa Maria de Trastevere. The thunder was rolling this evening, and the kids saw lightning on the way home from the gelato shop, suggesting that we are not yet done with … Continue reading

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When in Rome, September 12, 2013

  When in Rome, accept the fact that the Internet is going to be on a Roman Holiday (whatever that means), and not cooperating. For the last couple of days, our apartment connection has been going downhill, until this evening, … Continue reading

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The Pope, St. Peter’s, and the Pantheon, September 11, 2013

Pope Francis on Jumbotron, September 11, 2013. Many thousands of people want to see the Pope. Many thousands want to visit St. Peter’s. Pilgrims we all may be, but the journey is not for those with little patience, Speaking only … Continue reading

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Great Expectations, Rome version

The lower levels of the Coliseum. Expectations make poor traveling companions. They are our hairshirts, our “true pilgrims,” our crosses to bear. They are never satisfied, always complaining that we’ve slighted them. They pout a lot. Meanwhile, we are figuring … Continue reading

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Rome, Day 1, September 9, 2013

Street market, Piazza di San Cosimato, around 1:00 p.m. so some of the displays are sparse. Sunshine, much of the day, and a breeze.     Notes from the day:   Some of us slept until nearly noon, catching up … Continue reading

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King Tut goes to the Alaska State Fair

    King Tut, and a princess (?). Not the usual Fair fare.     It wasn’t the Alaska State Fair that I remember from twenty or thirty years ago. Not that much was missing, except for the fried raviolis, … Continue reading

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A sunny Solstice, Anchorage 2013

What to do with a sunny Saturday in Anchorage? It was the weekend for all of Anchorage’s Solstice celebrations — the downtown party, and the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon, plus all of the regular summer activities — yard sales, farmers’ … Continue reading

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Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Day 4, and back to Anchorage

  Naomi Shihab Nye, the keynote poet, at Monday morning’s opening workshop. Naomi’s a poet (and children’s book writer, novelist, memoirist, teacher, and so forth). She opened with “Oh my God! I thought I had three hours this morning and I … Continue reading

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Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Day 3

  Rich Chiappone talks scene, summary, exposition. This was the last workshop of Sunday afternoon. Luckily, Rich is a very funny guy, lively and engaging. The average age in the group was about half that of the typical group over … Continue reading

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Day 14 on the Camino

Saturday in Sahagun — sunny, with a few clouds and a little breeze. I’m sitting in the hotel dining room, listening to the clatter of dishes from the kitchen and smelling the food. The family who runs the place are … Continue reading

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