LibertΓ©, Γ‰galitΓ©, FraternitΓ©

The French Revolution beginning in 1789 followed our American one. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “all men are created equal,” and the French enthusiastically later said they agreed; the French “Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen” was influenced at least in part by the American “Declaration of Independence.” As Americans had […]

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Lizzy Asks: How To Write A Novel?

Lizzy of Lizzy’s Weekly Blogs wrote me an email yesterday asking if I would share some advice on “how to write a short story or a novel.” I said I would give it a shot. What are some things I’ve learned in the five years I have been doing this? As I so far write […]

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Elevator (Not Sliding) Doors

It’s Saturday. Time for a smile. How about a bit of [romantic] fun this morning? Paris; apartment building elevator; uncooperative door; Americans: A few moments in “Valerie’s” thoughts:

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Make Your Own “Friends”

The road we all travel…. And why do I say that? My eighteen year old English niece loves a certain American TV program. I detect based on what I see around me that she is hardly alone in that. It seems to have quite a following in her age group and slightly older.

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An Uncommon Setting

If you find yourself a bit stuck creatively, feeling stale, or worse, suffering from “writer’s block,” my advice is shake yourself up with a fresh experience or two. (Uh, but having an affair is going decidedly too far!) I’ve already written about my “inspiration” recently on the road to Geneva. The other day, I’d had […]

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“Paris” Will Always Capture U.S. Headlines

There has been criticism in some media and social media quarters over the avalanche of U.S. media reporting on the November 13 Paris massacres. Pointed to especially has been the comparatively far lesser coverage of the November 12 Beirut suicide blasts, in which over 40 were killed. The disparity between the two has prompted accusations […]

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A Soul Of Steel

Late on Thursday, I had driven my father and sister back to his Pennsylvania house (a 2 and 1/2 hour trip). Yesterday I came back here to the Catskills. I have been so stressed out in the last month over the death of my uncle and especially my mother, I wanted to be alone here […]

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A Motorcycle Journey Down Memory Lane

I know it’s not like me, but I have no “profound” post in mind for today. I suppose I still recovering from the house move. So, how about this? I saw this yesterday on Twitter:

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