Getaway To Wales

No invading army ever took Pembroke Castle. Needless to say the cafΓ© inside was never reached either, so no conqueror ever enjoyed one of its excellent cappuccinos.

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“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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Why “Historical Fiction?”

I have never come upon a better statement on the appeal of history. Ultimately there is nothing more “romantic” than history…

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Your Favorite Woman?

I remember thinking also that I had gone to great lengths to write the women well (particularly the French women, who in our “Anglo-Saxon” literature are too often caricatured as nutcases, fiends, deviants, or “exotic”), and she had zeroed in on a man.

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Along The Norfolk Coast

Otherwise religiously indifferent British would likely go to battle stations if some government bureaucrat dared to inform them, “Look, attendance is so small, we will pull that church down and put up a brand new shopping centre.”

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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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Those Dazzling Words

“So, friends, what are we going to do today?”: that was my late uncle’s challenge to himself as he started writing each day.

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That World Long Past

And now, sitting here comfortably in 2018, you want again to try to recreate that world long past? Are you insane?

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