A book in Nghiep’s memory

“There are millions and millions of cells in the body, and each has a purpose, a life and a value,” my friend Nghiep once told me. “Each contributes to our ability to achieve life, intelligence and wisdom.” The objective and reward for all this expended energy and activity, he said, is pure and simple: happiness. And the ultimate source of […]

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Bargain bastions: England’s second-hand treasure troves

It’s nearing closing time, so the hunt accelerates. Our eyes peruse the tangle of glass, metal and wood, scanning the confusing landscape for the perfect addition for our new home: a table? Lamp? Chair? Suddenly, there! A four-foot, beveled-edge mirror, tucked behind a stack of cruddy paintings leaning against a wall. Experienced bargain hunters like us know to look beneath […]

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Crossing New Zealand’s South Island — wineries, ocean and snow-capped mountains

In five days, we’ve tasted wine at award-winning wineries, watched seals in the Pacific, crossed snow-capped mountains (by car), hiked lush paths and rocky trails, walked to see the Franz Josef glacier, and meandered along the shores of the Tasman Sea. This fabulous country offers unparalleled scenery, warm, welcoming people and experiences that quicken your pulse, warm your heart, and […]

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