“Ammunition” For Debate

Even in our New York, with much stricter local gun ownership laws than Texas, I know quite a few of our rural Catskills neighbors are armed to the teeth. I use the term “neighbors” loosely because houses “nearby” are few and far between…

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Walking Geneva

I’ve been NEAR Geneva many times, but never ventured into the city center. I’m so pleased I finally did.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‡¨πŸ‡­

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American Apples And European Oranges

We’ll be in Switzerland this weekend. I had not considered this about the trip until now, but if one believes oneself to be a “global citizen,” who needs a passport, right?

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Lisbon, Portugal

I should be writing, I know that. I have a novel that is now “overdue.” And I am working on it afternoons in the hotel. But this is just too much to resist and remain locked away all day. We are here only until Sunday. Thursday and Friday, I was out and about at this […]

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History: Unfollowed

Ah, Monday morning: And less than two weeks before the inauguration of a new U.S. president who has not exactly charmed half the people in the country, we need this? Yesterday, History on Instagram shared some “history” with us. Good grief. First, nothing in that History Insta-caption above is outright false. However, it is an […]

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“Land of lovely dames”

A bit more “history.” Please don’t run for cover. I think you’ll find this amusing – especially given this is 4th of July weekend in the U.S.: That excerpt is from a recent biography. The first part is from a 1782 letter written by the subject while he was traveling; the second half is from […]

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Your “X” In The Box

“Remember,” my (now late) mother lectured me some years ago, “Billy Joel said it best.” “Huh,” I recall replying, “I’m afraid to ask about what. Something about Italian restaurants?” He being another “real” New Yorker – and particularly a Long Islander – and not much younger than herself, my mother loved Joel’s music. [Full disclosure, […]

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Where Northern Europeans Gather

Wandering around yesterday, I thought about my late uncle. He loved Spain. It fascinated him: This part of it (where he’d never been) really would have intrigued him, but perhaps not entirely in “a good way.” Here in the Canaries, this island of Tenerife – it’s volcanic – is largely dusty and treeless. However, it […]

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Available From November 29

….on paperback and for Kindle: And available for pre-order now for Kindle at…. ….and at other Amazons worldwide. This “sticky post” will be up until shortly after that 29th. Unless I decide to take it down before, of course. The reason for it is I just wanted to prominently reshare the full cover and the […]

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And You’re Sure The Minitel Could’ve Gone Global

Originally posted on R. J. Nello:
Intriguing web page that was shared with me yesterday: 17 signs your soul belongs in France As with most such lists, some observations – even if trite – should ring a bell: 4. You can spot Americans in France from a mile away. They’re wearing a t-shirt, and probably…

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