Category Archives: …Grafetti

Afghanistan, Karzai, and the easy-chair critics

Elizabeth Rubin has a new NY Times article about Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan‘s President: Karzai in His Labyrinth She offers a gentle-but-tough, compassionate, and honest view of the incredibly complex nature of Afghani politics, and Karzai’s nature. As excellent as this … Continue reading

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Card models

This pic of Chateau de Belcayre on the France’s Vezere River is the first in a slideshow from a travel article about canoeing in the lovely Dordogne Valley region of France by Christopher Shaw*, in today’s NYTimes.com (click on the … Continue reading

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The Umbrellas of Harlem

This past Thursday in NYC, it rained. It was the first rainy day since last autumn that was warm enough so people weren’t bundled up. The vernal equinox was only a day away. The light was lovely — warm and … Continue reading

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Bittersweet

Of the two marmalades I made this weekend, the grapefruit was the more bitter. The clementine marmalade was lovely to the nose and succulent on the tongue, but the grapefruit felt good in my tummy — it was refreshing and … Continue reading

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Why I love newspapers

Or is it newscreens, newswebs or newsnets? I haven’t bought a paper paper in more than a year. One of my fav’s, TOI, isn’t available at my local newsstand. What’s the newsstand guy going to do when we’re all reading … Continue reading

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Toad Times

There used to be tiny toads in the lawn at the parental home, from spring through fall. The house was a few hundred feet from an estuary on Long Island Sound. They were like little living stones. We didn’t touch … Continue reading

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The Amateur

Calling someone an amateur is a common insult in the USA. But did you know that amateur comes from the French word for lover? An amateur is someone motivated to devote himself to something for the pure love if it. … Continue reading

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