Joan and Mel

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May 032015
 
Joan and Mel

We made some new friends, Joan and Mel. They are from the US, got rid of all their stuff, and are traveling kind of like us. We met just in time for them to leave. Introduced by a mutual acquaintance, we met over drinks a day or so before they were to move to Paris

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Feb 012015
 
... Everything changes

To paraphrase Heraclitus of Ephesus, c. 535 – c. 475 BCE, The only thing that is constant is change. It was 15 years ago in spring that we began a month-long bicycling adventure in Tuscany/Umbria. Our first two weeks were spent in Camucia at the Il Borgo Agriturismo. It was our second bicycling trip to

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Dec 022014
 
A Special Visit - II

Our friends Rich and Patti drove to Montpellier from Barcelona, Spain to visit us. That meant they had a car. Originally, our plans were to possibly spend more time driving out into the countryside. However, given the difficulties of navigating the narrow, convoluted streets we decided to leave the car safe in its parking space.

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Nov 242014
 
A Special Visit - I

Long-time friends from Florida visited us in Montpellier recently. We have known Rich and Patti for far longer than I want to calculate. At our last April Fool’s party (40th wedding anniversary), they threatened to come to France and drink wine with us. To our delight, they drove in from Barcelona where they had spent

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A Tour de Marks

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Jul 302014
 

Ah, North Carolina, especially the western mountains. Cool, moist and green. Though we had originally planned a big road trip that would have included even more family and friends, the reality of time and distance forced us to step back and focus on a smaller area. Thus, this third leg of our pre-European tour was

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Compression

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Jul 182014
 
Compression

Frank Lloyd Wright often employed a principle he called “compress and release”. He used it to help direct people from one area to another. One author described it as “Sometimes, when we are comfortable in our surroundings, we are not particularly aware of them—it is only when we are made to feel slightly uncomfortable that

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Jul 132014
 

We traveled to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to visit Jeannie’s side of the family. Though technically they are her relatives, I have always been treated as one of the family, and in spite of being a Southern foreigner I happily call them my family as well. Her mom and dad were both born in Sheboygan, and grew

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Jul 052014
 
Family and FooBeach

Jeannie and I were in Texas to visit family when she fell and broke her wrist. We originally were to have all gotten together south of Saint Augustine in the same condominium that my parents had rented every summer for several years. Several generations of immediate family and relatives would gather at the “Four Winds”

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