Category Archives: Books

A Mended Umbrella

During the summer, I often use a corner on our terrace as an outdoor studio. As it faces west, the terrace is a great place to be in the morning. That is, until about 11 a.m. when the sun makes … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me Bertha

Outside the city limits, everything becomes anonymous. These were my thoughts while looking out of the taxi on our way to Fiumicino. The center of Rome, despite its decadent air, still reigns in fascination. And the traffic creates a stop-start … Continue reading

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Dawn Powell (1896-1965)

Her mother died when she was a little girl.  To fill in the void, Dawn kept diaries.  Then her father remarried an unpleasant woman who vented her frustrations by destroying everything Dawn had written. A diary is a confident, a … Continue reading

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Insect Repellent

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis was published in 1915.  It’s  the story of Gregor Samsa who wakes up one morning and realizes he’s become a giant insect.  Before being a bug, Gregor provided for his family by working as a traveling … Continue reading

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Kate, diaries, and impressions.

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water. Kate Chopin  In the 1960s, Kate Chopin’s grandson discovered some of the writer’s personal papers including a 1894 diary entitled “Impressions” … Continue reading

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