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Month: May 2017

The Staten Island Ferry changed my life

All that water. All that sky. The Statue of Liberty. The ferry itself and whispers of Walt Whitman. I understood the great teaming life of the city from the bow of the ship. Something shifted inside me. As a landlocked product of the Missouri woodlands, I adore open spaces. A…

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Eglise de la Sainte-Madeleine and the tourists

The landscape began to break up again as we approached Troyes. Hills and valleys of the Aube became more picturesque, with little villages beneath hilltop castles and churches. We drove into Troyes to look at the cathedral and the Eglise de la Sainte-Madeleine, two 13th-century churches that stood a few…

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Rayford West, an important man

I never really knew Rayford West very well. To my detriment, I don’t know his story or our family’s connection to him. He was not related to us but we called him Uncle Ray. What I know is that he amazed and frightened me. Cerebral palsy confined him to a…

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