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Notes from Spain

Barcelona in Rain Isis, our guide from arrival to departure eight days later, walks us briskly through Barcelona’s alley-narrow streets, pedestrian ways now, the rain pelting, then misting, sometimes falling in rivulets from balconies overheard onto cobblestones. She shrugs: her … Continue reading

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Snapshot Notes, Barcelona & Montserrat

Rain in Barcelona, the three days we were there. At Gaudi’s Parque Güell, our students stand in a steady, chilled rainfall. One of them, Matisse, vamps for this shot. Though the camera doesn’t do the effect justice, the Gaudi tiles … Continue reading

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Monte Albán, 1993

At every step from the parking lot at Monte Albán, vendors dangled skeins of beads or black velvet boards to which fluttering earrings were pinned like butterflies. I shook my head against their murmuring voices, walked briskly, made it to … Continue reading

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San Francisco Blackbird

The airport is…a nonplace in which there is no hope of any meaningful existence.                                                                                                            —Ursula K. Le Guin Phil and I are not fond of travel by air. Airports are stressful and … Continue reading

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