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Dear Whoever You Are (1 – 15 September 2018)


1-15 September: The Sea (Part II) More than a quarter century later I found myself in Brittany’s historic St. Malo again sitting on a rock away from the tourists, sipping beer (no cigarettes these days), and staring out over the … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are (14 – 28 August 2018)


14-28 August: The Sea (Part I) When I immigrated to Canada, it was done the old-fashioned way: by sea. To preempt the typical sarky comments from my alleged friends, no this is not a nostalgia piece harking back to the … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are (5 – 10 August 2018)


5-10 August 2018: Groundhog Day in Paris Day 1 (early afternoon): I snapped my laptop closed with a self-satisfied smirk and wandered out into the kitchen humming tunelessly. Peeling a banana, I continued to hum through the noisy mouthfuls. “What’s … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are (15 – 20 July 2018)


15 July 2018: The Nature of Things Not long before the kickoff of the World Cup Final, I wandered up in the steaming heat to my favorite local pub in Paris with subterranean expectations of finding my usual spot on … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are (1 – 7 July 2018)


1-7 July: Too Darn Hot Starting last weekend, the Dog Days of summer arrived in Paris with a full-throated howl. It’s the kind of heat where sitting perfectly still is a sweaty workout and you spend half your time with … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are (14 – 28 June 2018)


15-21 June: Ave Britannia My trip to England, my birthplace and “home” for the first two years of my life, began last week with a short hop from Paris to London Gatwick aboard a “Vueling Airlines” flight. I know you … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are (4 – 13 June 2018)


7 June: Modern Love In the middle of the night last week, my bedroom became suddenly alive with epilepsy-inducing incandescent light crawling across the walls, a lingering preamble to the loudest and longest thunderclap I have ever experienced. The initial … Continue reading

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