Chartres Cathedral and Malcolm Miller

I wonder what it’s like to love an object so much that you spend your entire life studying it and still, even after 60 years, you adore it as much as the day you first laid eyes on it. Is it like that first love you never forgot, even if it was never reciprocated or consummated? Continue reading

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Odes to Murmella, the family cat

We just lost our cat, Murmella.  these poems are in memory of her.

Murmella

the family cat
black and white, purring soft, we
miss you already Continue reading

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In Provence-5 Tips for Idiots

I spent a week here cruising the Saone River. The food is exquisite, the history is fascinating, the women are beautiful, and the scenery is to die for. What more could you want? Continue reading

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The French Riviera-Such a Deal!

Saint-Tropez. Antibes. Cannes. Nice. Monaco. Monte Carlo. The names roll off the tongue, and, especially when spoken in their native language, elicit images of easy luxury, sun-drenched beaches, and French panache. Continue reading

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Fall Comes To The Italian Riviera

The beaches here are little more than boulders scattered in front of the sea. The bluffs mark land’s end, and the towns cling to the edge. The sun marks the time of the season as it marches across the sky, each day now shorter than the last. The locals mark the time from park benches, stationed like sentries, observing the comings and goings of the tourists, students, families, and nationalities from all over the world. Now, in late autumn, there are fewer visitors, though the sun still warms the Mediterranean waters. The movie stars and the paparazzi who chase them have returned to their own homes in LA, Paris, and NYC. Soon, the locals will have their town back, the streets will be less crowded, and the last of the cruise ships will leave them in peace again. Continue reading

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Cinque Terre Haikus

I just finished destroying my old knees on the trails between the towns of the Cinque Terre. Here are some haikus I wrote today, one an ode to my aging limbs. After 5 days of hiking along these trails cut into the mountainside along the rugged coasts of the Italian Riviera, I’m ready for some flat land. Continue reading

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10 Reasons I Love Austria

I am leaving Austria today, and, not for the first time, wish I were living here. I visit Vienna every year, but this Autumn has been special because I was also able to see Salzburg again. Both cities are jewels. Both are near to my heart. What makes them so special? Glad you asked… Continue reading

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