Fez by Foot

:: in October 15, 2017 :: in Development :: Comments Off on Fez by Foot

Today we walked around the Medina in Fez, the old walled city. If you’ve never been in an old city, you need to imagine a place with not a square inch of public dirt or grass. The cobbled lanes have narrow low gutters on either side, and shops and doorways…

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Royal Air Maroc

:: in October 15, 2017 :: in Morocco :: 1 comment

I hadn’t prepared myself for Morocco smelling like Africa, too—that sweet, earthy, dusty smell of sand, vegetation, and fires. As soon as I step off the plane, I take whole lungfuls of that sweet air, smiling as I saunter down the stairs of the gangway onto the tarmac. This land….

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I Love You, Always Will

:: in July 1, 2017 :: in Uncategorized :: Comments Off on I Love You, Always Will

I Love You, Always Will ‘I love you,’ I told Julian as he scooped up his bag and swung it over his shoulder, heading out the door. ‘I love you,’ he said, matter-of-factly, ‘Always will.’ I walked him to the door, kissed him goodbye, and bade him safe travels on…

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A Day on Jury Duty

:: in April 23, 2017 :: in Uncategorized :: Comments Off on A Day on Jury Duty

This past Wednesday, I left the house just after 7AM in order to be able to report for jury duty promptly at 8:30AM at Quincy District Courthouse. I left the courthouse that day around 4:30PM, sharing handshakes, well wishes, and gratitude with the other six members of the jury of which…

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Emerald Reflections

:: in November 11, 2015 :: in Ireland :: Comments Off on Emerald Reflections

Two months (and one day) after we returned home, I wanted to write down some final reflections of our trip. I’m delayed, yes. But I’m also doing this for myself, so being on time matters less. This will be question-and-answer style—the questions that I asked Daddy as we mused over…

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In Old Dublin Town

:: in September 7, 2015 :: in Ireland :: 3 comments

Back in Dublin. It’s novel to be taking pictures of cityscapes, not landscapes.  Yesterday we went to knock off the two things we wanted to see in Dublin: Dublin Castle and the Trinity College Library.  But we didn’t get to either of those yesterday. Instead we went to the old…

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Release the Balloons

:: in September 5, 2015 :: in Ireland :: Comments Off on Release the Balloons

Well, I wasn’t going to post tonight, which is why I didn’t have my camera, which is why you’ll forgive me these pictures.  ‘What’s that?’ ‘I don’t know,’ I answered Daddy, staring into the night sky, forgetting whatever our topic of conversation was. ‘It looks likes flames.’ ‘Yeah, it does,…

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Garden of Erin

:: in September 4, 2015 :: in Ireland :: Comments Off on Garden of Erin

Wicklow is called the Garden of Ireland. By colonists, who usurped the land from its Irish inhabitants and refused to give it back for centuries, or ever. (The Irish make light of their subjugated past now, but even this good-naturedness helps me to sympathise with fomenting dissent. There’s this quintessentially…

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Rock me, Mama

:: in September 3, 2015 :: in Ireland :: 4 comments

On our way from Kinsale to Wicklow today, we stopped at the Rock of Cashel.  The Rock is a mass of stone piled systematically atop a hill in order to form a habitation. It was a castle where kings lived until the thirteenth century or so, when it was repurposed…

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