Category Archives: communication

It is the Now

Times are dark and uncertain, and how things are going to end isn’t a given. Maybe it doesn’t even matter. It’s the love we share in the now that is everything that matters. Love makes and remakes us. And I believe … Continue reading

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Euripides, Athos and little Morton

I imagine my title says it all. You read it and you know.  You just know. I have bought plants. Euripides is my corn plant.  She is graceful, tall and confident.  More like a tree than a plant.  I confide … Continue reading

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War and Peace, a tale of class warfare

I had a Russian teacher once who didn’t much like me.  In her defense, I did not attend class with particular regularity.  In my defense, this was because she had committed two terrible indiscretions, the second being worse than the … Continue reading

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Proof I Don’t Sprechen Deutch, But I Try. God, Do I Try. ;-)

We were in Austria, visiting my mom’s cousin.  She wasn’t home, but she’d left the key with a neighbor in another building. “You go get it,” my mom said, and stood sentinel by the door to the apartment building, in … Continue reading

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In the Beginning, there was the Word. And the Word was…

My goal was simple: to not cause an international incident. Continue reading

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They told me I’d be asked. Told me to have an answer ready

But I was otherwise engaged, and besides, I didn’t know how to answer.  And they were right; people do ask. “So, what was Peace Corps like?” Some expect a two-line answer.  Others want to really get into it, to imagine … Continue reading

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Like Lovers Do… Sorta.

I was in Budapest, desperate to find an ATM before leaving to go to Montenegro, which at the time, I was told, did not have ATMs.  I rushed down the windy streets, beleaguered by my imagination, which kept throwing up … Continue reading

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