Together At A Distance

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So much is being written about social media addiction that I hesitate to add my two cents. But I can’t resist—thanks to the sight of two young Asian couples playing cards in an upscale Vieques restaurant while waiting for their appetizers the other night. 

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Dueling With Ghosts

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I’m nearing the conclusion of Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House, so ghosts must be on my mind these days. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m reading this book in bed to help me fall sleep.

This might explain why, as I was just awakening in the pre-dawn dark the other morning, a searing thought came from nowhere: “I’m dueling with ghosts.”

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Room With A View

We must have a view—whether it’s a panorama like the one from my mountain home on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, or simply a clutch of swaying grasses, like the ones I watch from my writing room in Truro (they really call it a writing “shack” but I’ll spare you the pretense of that).

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Pan view from my house in Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Cloudy

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Here's a thought to help us get through the drear of a northern winter . . . 

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Everyday Dishes

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In the passion of new love, minds and bodies and souls blend, as portrayed in this painting by Leonid Afremov. We expect to feel like this all the time, resulting in inevitable disillusion. But after the flames have given way to the everyday, like a drug, we crave our next hit. 

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Next Play

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The way to win at anything is to be just a little bit better than everybody else. It’s like the difference between still water at 211 degrees and water at 212 degrees . . . boiling.

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Finding The Real You

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If people knew the real you, would they like what they see? Too many of us—maybe most of us—would answer “No.” Perhaps because we don’t really know who we are.

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Who Says I Have To Be Happy?

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I was struck yesterday by the way a single event—objective in itself—made so many people deliriously happy and so many others, well, just delirious. Yet, in truth, whether the inauguration of Donald John Trump is a happy occasion, or an unhappy one, is our decision.

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Vieques Triduum

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I just returned to the States from a quick three days in paradise to get things ready for a series of guests coming in to stay at my Vieques casa during the next several weeks of the winter vacation season. It turned out to be a ride on a carousel of exasperation.

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WEEKEND CRUISE

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During the winter cruising season in the Caribbean, I like to sit on my pool deck at day’s end to watch the procession of white-hulled, city-sized, luxury ships make their way past my island home of Vieques. And imagine. 

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