Concision, Precision and Decision

"Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life." ~ Victor Hugo When I lived in Paris many years ago I had the good fortune to attend the press opening of the first ever performance in French of the stage musical adaptation of Hugo's novel, Les Misérables. The experience was fabulous and it left me with …

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In Retrospect

"Righteousness is easy in retrospect." ~Arthur Schlesinger Jr. How true is that?!? More often than not the right thing to do is the least popular thing to do. Politicians find themselves between a rock and a hard place on this point as reelection concerns are often pitted against the need to support unpopular but clearly …

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Mmmmm…gelato!

I was first introduced to Italian gelato while traveling around Europe on a Eurail pass many years ago. My friends and I were having a difficult time finding lodging in Florence as we had arrived unknowingly on an extremely popular Italian holiday, All Saint's Day. As we walked along the River Arno, admiring the stunning …

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What changed? Well, everything changed.

"A man hasn't got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined." - Ann Petry All this talk of fashion reminds me of a wonderful tour I was given of the John Lobb workshop in Paris, prior to its move to the rue de Mogador. If you haven't heard the name before, John Lobb …

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All Work and No Play!

The year was 1989 and I had just finished another ceremonial soiree with 60 of my American, French and Soviet peers in Paris, France.  I had been selected to represent the United States as a student delegate to tour France in celebration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution and we made our way by bus, by train and by air around the countryside …

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