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A Wild Time at The Happiest Place On Earth

I’m just back from a week in Florida.  In addition to visiting family and enjoying the beach and the storm-tossed sea,  I revisited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which nearly killed me last year (as chronicled in the blog entry  “The Happiest Place on Earth.”)    This year, thanks to technical difficulties, I didn’t have to face […]

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Mastering the Art of Life

What a thrill it is to see Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle at the top of the Amazon bestseller list, and for weeks now!   Of course this has something to do with the appeal of Meryl Streep’s extraordinary performance in Julia & Julia.  It is […]

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Being like Odysseus

The great stories about ancient heroes like Achilles and Odysseus reveal that it isn’t always in spite of our weaknesses, mistakes, and shortcomings but through them that something unknown can come into being.   Achilles pride is also the source of his strength (and his weakness is the source of his destiny);  Odysseus cleverness charted […]