400 posts … and still going strong

Excuse me a moment of crowing. But after almost four years of blogging, I’ve reached my 400th post, and sometimes it’s worth it to simply stand back and pat ourselves on the back for managing to do what we set out to do… and to reflect on how we got here. Back in  2012, I…

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Athen’s spectacular Acropolis Museum

I’ve already written about visiting the Acropolis on your next visit to Greece’s capital, Athens. Just at the foot of the ascent/decent is the spectacular, newly restored and absolutely-not-to-be-missed Acropolis Museum. The museum has been planned since the 1970s, since the earlier museum was hardly impressive enough for all the splendors it contained. The new packaging…

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A Nobel laureate’s views on women’s stories

Women tell things in more interesting ways. They live with more feeling. They observe themselves and their lives. Men are more impressed with action. For them, the sequence is more important. Svetlana Alexievich 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature quoted in the New Yorker, 26 October 2015 I was struck by this observation by Svetlana…

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Autumn colors in Vitorchiano, Italy

I was staying outside this pretty medieval town in northern Lazio, north of Rome, for work for a week earlier this month. Unfortunately, we weren’t out of the conference structure much, but I did sneak out for an early morning jog each morning so that I could enjoy the town as it was waking up.…

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Hanging out with Athena. The Acropolis, Athens

Last year I went with my family for a few days to Athens, Greece. We had a great time exploring the city and its impressive history. We obviously couldn’t miss a visit to the Acropolis during our stay. We’d spent so much time admiring it from all angles around the city – including from our…

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Hope all you NaNoers have gotten a running start

To all writers out there participating in National novel Writing month (NaNoWriMo), the annual writing marathon, here’s  hoping you’ve gotten a great start to your month-long scribbling challenge. Just like a real marathon, it’s important to pace yourself and to just keep going, even if you don’t feel you’re doing as well as you should.…

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