• September & October

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018 0 Permalink 2

    It's been winding down for some time now, the season of finality, in the outdoors at least, in which what has been done is done, and what has not been done won't get done until at least next year. Our September and October were quietly filled with canning, cleaning, and not a few indulgences - all ...

  • Paris, une fois

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 0 Permalink 0

    Paris never appealed to me. It struck me as sprawling, expensive, pretentious, hard to enter, and even harder to leave. I don't even appreciate Beaux-Arts! (or so I thought) But this summer I must have been ready for the magic. I finally clicked with Paris. Some highlights from five days in the City of Lights: A palatial ...

  • Gozo, May 2018

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1 Permalink 1

    Probably the most important thing to know about Gozo is that in the middle of the 16th century, in only a few fateful days, a great majority of the population was carted away into slavery and never retrieved. A few brave souls escaped by rappelling down a wall so terrifying that I did not take ...

  • Malta, May 2018

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 0 Permalink 0

    Our English classes reveled in Malta, though perhaps reveling too much is Malta's great scourge. It is a place so tromped-over for millennia that it lacks much of a soul. The modern English and French and Italian highrise partygoers do not help revive it. I was at times sorry to add to that burden. But the traditional ...

  • An unwavering March

    Saturday, March 31, 2018 2 Permalink 2

    Some of you no doubt thought, as spring approached, that it is certainly a mercy that he has had over a year to exhaust his infatuation with the micro-lens. But it's not done yet. In fact the blossoms are just arriving! Behold the up-close imperfection of "perfect" Nature. The closer you look, the less beautiful superficial beauty becomes. ...

  • February and March 2018

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 2 Permalink 0

    The weeks have grown steadily lighter. Earlier mornings, later evenings, shorter nights. The hints of spring started in January with winter jasmine, and like a chorus building to a finale, the flowers have come out in steadily increasing numbers ever since. It has not been the most beautiful spring I can remember here, owing to heavy rains ...