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Musings on Bloomsday

Today is Bloomsday, the date of Leopold Bloom’s meanderings and musings through Dublin as created by James Joyce in the great 20th century novel, “Ulysses.” I’ve been revisiting some of my youthful passions lately — France, European painting, foreign art … Continue reading

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Ciao Firenze

It’s like an overgrowth of algae, too much of a good thing. An infestation of indestructible pests. A herd of Michelango fans. A party of gelato seekers.  A siege of shoppers. What they miss in descending on Florence in droves … Continue reading

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Andrei Tarkovsky and Italy

Years ago I saw a film by the unique, mysterious cinema artist Andrei Tarkovsky that included an early scene at an Italian hot springs town. What was immediately arresting about the scene was the film’s image of the town, which … Continue reading

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Family

Often it is only shared blood that constitutes the basis for a group of people to be called “family.” Sometimes a family is emotionally stronger for lack of blood ties. Which ever it is, family is such a fundamental concept … Continue reading

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The spirit of the movies

Went to the movies today to get some laughs.  Don’t we all need some of that of late? It was not a completely successful outing. Previews included this and this.  I happened to notice this was also on the schedule. … Continue reading

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