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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Italy, part 2: The Roman Colosseum

Your retro virtual vacation to Italy 2008 with Thor and me launches with a deep dive into ancient Rome and its signature Colosseum that hosted gladiatorial combat. NOTE: For a virtual vacation and time-travel, join me and Thor in 2008. Italy! Starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, June 15, I’ll continue this rerun […]

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly by Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly takes us into the heart of creative passion and dance movement, with insights into culture and art. I’ve been reading books selected by the International Pulpwood Queens & Timber Guys Book Club since my novel Pause was chosen as a 2022 title. I was fortunate to “meet” Dana Tai Soon

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Big Rock Garden

Join me for a ramble around a lovely local woodland park to enjoy outdoor sculptures and gorgeous rhododendrons in bloom. NOTE: As I repost this, I’m hoping to have some new material new week. Meanwhile, it’s lusty-nature May, and the rhododendrons are showing off, so this garden visit seemed appropriate. It’s a typical cool, damp “Junuary”

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: The Marcus Didius Falco historical detective novels by Lindsey Davis

Ancient Rome comes to vivid, quirky life in the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series by Lindsey Davis. I confess, I have a bit of a crush on Marcus Didius Falco, the sardonic, scruffy former soldier now scraping by in 1st-century AD Rome as an “informer,” what we’d now call a private eye. When Lindsey Davis,

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 21: Sacred Symbols and Shrines

A last tour of the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology, with an eye on the artifacts of sacred symbols and shrines. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 20: The Minoan Earth Goddess

Treasures in the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology illustrate the story of the ancient goddess of nature and fertility. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return

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The Rambling Writer: Thor’s Minoan Fresco Reproductions

After our latest trip to Crete and other Greek islands, where Thor and I admired the restorations of beautiful Minoan frescoes, Thor decided to paint reproductions of some of our favorites. While I’ve been on a different kind of journey over the past six months, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for a recurrence of my never-smoker

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