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Tourists infest churches, a pilgrimage story

We left the Hotel du Commerce in Bar-sur-Seine and started on the road back toward Koblenz and Ivo’s house. Beyond hills of the Champagne, the landscape opened again into Kansas-like plains and rolling hills covered with wheat and corn fields to the horizon. The French villages, like those we had…

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Thanks it’s over, looking forward to next time

When we packed the car, we were all a little on edge. We had the elderly matriarch Vera with us, and her presence makes everyone a little pushy. We worried about her comfort. We made sure we have the car cane and the walker. We asked if he needed to…

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Let me tell you a little about my head

Manic depressive illness has taken me all over the world. It’s given me extraordinary power and deprived me of basic human relationships. Medicated and psychoanalyzed, I have it under control now. But it demands constant care from a psychiatrist and the development of coping skills and discipline. I’ve had this…

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Completely different perspective

Every now and then, I run into someone who remembers me from the long past. I look forward to these times and don’t experience them enough. Their memories surprise me and give me insight into myself that I don’t have and can’t get on my own. Almost always, I’m recalling…

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