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Creating the Lotus (or the evolution of a novel)

Writing a novel was never on my bucket list. In fact, it was something I didn’t want to consider. There were too many talented authors, too many wonderful stories, too much competition in the book universe– why bother? Then a man named Skip suggested I give it a try. “You have your own voice,” he said. “Why not use it […]

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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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Panda-monium on the Italian byways

Think you have it rough? Try my life on for size. I’m a 2002 Fiat Panda. Two door, light green, powered by an engine slightly larger than a John Deer riding lawnmower’s. I’m owned by a crazy Italian guy named Ricardo Piccoladite, who drives me like I’m a Ferrari 488 GTB and treats me like I tease him about the […]

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