Fifty Shades Of … Uh, Best Of Luck To ‘Em

In the supermarket checkout lane yesterday, I noticed a prominent magazine’s cover pushing the Fifty Shades of Grey film: A film adaptation due for 2015 release? I suppose that should not be a surprise. After all, the book was a massive seller. We are friends, and (of course) earnest and serious people here. πŸ™‚ Let […]

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The World’s Most Photographed Places

The Global Post tells us: While an American city (New York) takes the top spot, Europe dominates the world when it comes to being photographable. Eight out of the top 10 cities are located on the continent. However, notice that none of the top ten on either the world or the Europe lists are…. London. […]

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Dramatized Violence’s Sexual Divide

Dame Helen Mirren has condemned British TV drama for the growing number of murder victims who are young women: ….Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare’s recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the […]

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Paris Or Rome, Or Cleveland?

Snowed in as many are currently in the U.S. northeast (including us), I’ve seen some weighty issues being thrashed out at times among some of my Facebook friends. One (male) relation offered this philosophical observation last night. It having a degree of relevance here, I thought I’d edit it, and clean it up grammatically, and […]

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A Chapter Is Born

By several months ago, I had pretty much framed the plot-line for the sequel to Passports. There had been some tinkering too since then, of course. Overall, though, I had been gradually “filling in” that frame, and working towards that final target. The death February 2 of our lovely friend, Kam, stopped me in my […]

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Just A Bit Of Snow

Our final snowfall total in Windham overnight was 17-22 inches, on top of the about 6 we had on the ground already: Uh, doesn’t look like we’re getting out the back door today. πŸ˜‰

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The Blue Before The Snowstorm

The sky was such a stunning blue outside the house yesterday, I grabbed a photo: Uh, it doesn’t look like that currently: In that second one, I happened to catch a bit of a long stone wall that runs along part of our property. There are remains of rock walls like those all over the […]

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Quick Take 3: “Uncle Bill”

How many of us have a handsome and charming uncle who is a successful crime novelist, considers himself a nuanced observer of the passing global scene (in a world made up mostly of those who invariably lack his uniquely well-informed outlook), and never allowed his marriage to an attractive Italian immigrant to the U.S. to […]

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Monticello v. Mount Vernon

We know yesterday President Obama took France’s visiting President Hollande on a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello. Hmm. One wonders if Jefferson’s view of Rosalie and William’s Franco-American romance – which also included, early on, probably, uh, extramarital behavior – rated a mention? Seems unlikely. πŸ˜‰ * * * I write this as a […]

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“Quite A Send Off”

I’d like to thank all of you who read the previous post about our friend Kam, and liked it. We heard yesterday evening post-funeral from her younger sister, in London. She wrote they had given Kam “quite a send off” (her exact words). She also noted she didn’t know half of the people among the […]

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