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My Roman Holiday

It takes a really great plate of pasta to inspire a smile like that.    A friend once asked me, “Given a choice – would you prefer a life that is stable and relatively uneventful, or a life of drama and extremes?”  “Well, happiness is defined by sadness,” I said at the time, “I’d rather… Read more »


“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.” – Anais Nin, Henry and June.   Paris is a lover – an experienced lover.  She knows her attributes well and does not flaunt them; instead, she allows you to marvel and she veils her eyes demurely when you approach. She looks… Read more »

The Beautiful and The Broken

“It’s not that,” said Magnus. “There are some people — people the universe seems to have singled out for special destinies. Special favors and special torments. God knows we’re all drawn toward what’s beautiful and broken; I have been, but some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it’s only by love and… Read more »

On Beauty: Sean Kingston, Ethiopian Flight Attendants, and Tolerating Disapproval

Apparently I am “not thick enough” for American R&B pop-star, Sean Kingston. [For those of you who do not know what “thick” means, you can look up the definition at] On September 17, Kingston performed at Amahoro Stadium with Rwandan singer, Tom Close. Despite all the anticipation and hype about the event, even a… Read more »

I Can’t Pee – PART I

There are some things in life that I know I take for granted. Like electricity. Or shelter. Or running water. Or access to food. Even hearing and sight. Even my new smart phone. But until now, I have never really appreciated my ability to use the bathroom. Yes, I am writing to you about a… Read more »