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Jack Jackson: My idea of a hero

There was a piece floating around the internet a few weeks ago about the absence of contemporary cultural, intellectual and ethical heroes, an insightful lament that got me thinking and asking family and friends who they thought were candidates for latter day hero status. Today, I offer you one of my leading candidates: my friend Jack Jackson. Jack, as many […]

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Eight Things We Learned about Morocco

I was stirred from my backseat catnap when Mohammed stepped on the brake and made a sharp U-turn in the middle of the highway. “Une boite! (a box)” he exclaimed, pulling the vehicle off the road and dashing into a sandy field. “Maybe it is a cake”. Completely perplexed, Skip and I watched in amazement as our Moroccan driver seized […]

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Ice cream cone diplomacy

Kendrick warily approached his quarry, eyes wide with anticipation but with understandable trepidation. He was encroaching upon sacred turf: another child’s ice cream cone. Life’s fears and apprehensions are but ephemeral concepts to a boy of a year and a half – particularly one like Kendrick, who’s been given the gift of constant international travel and has thus learned the […]

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O Vinhaca – Oh, my goodness, what a discovery!

It’s easy to bypass O Vinhaca, a tiny restaurant tucked away at No. 53 Rua do Salvador in Lisbon’s Alfama district. Thousands do so each day as they make their way up the cobblestoned streets in Lisbon’s oldest and most historic barrio, paying little attention to the tiny, signless restaurant. They stroll past what locals call the oldest traffic sign […]

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