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I don’t know much about golf.  I know that it’s “a good walk spoiled.”  I know that my dad shot his age several times and made a hole in one twice, and that those are plaque-worthy accomplishments.  I know that golf originated in Scotland.  What I didn’t know is that there is a difference between …

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Quotes from the Masters: Ovid

We had to go to Nepenthe.  It was mentioned in every Pacific Coast guide-book I had, and it was highly recommended by a friend.  It was in the area of Big Sur, so we made it our lunchtime destination. We began our day with an immensely satisfying breakfast of French pastries, croissants (and cappuccinos for my …

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Quotes from the Masters: Hugo

This summer has sucked out the best of me and left only a stressed-out, irritated lump who is desperate for a nap.  My son returned from nine months of study in Beirut, my daughter just left for six months of study in Santiago, my husband and twins spent a week messing about in boats at …

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Happy Fourth of July!

To all those who call America home, may you enjoy a day of celebration. Statue of Christopher Columbus at the Coit Tower in San Francisco, California.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

He’s got no strings, and he’s quite a catch… What It Is He’s Elzéard Bouffier, the man who planted trees.  Written by Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees is the fictional story of a solitary shepherd (our Elzéard) who made it his life’s quest to transform a barren area of Provence into a place lush with life.  And he did …

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