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About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.

10 Tips for a Successful Trip to France

Every vacation has its ups and downs. But travelers can improve their odds of a good time with a little care, the right frame of mind, a modest pace and just enough (but not too much) planning. Here are a … Continue reading

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The Friendliest Cab Driver in Paris

We never did get his name. He was compact, stocky, mid-40s and a man who loved to talk. He drove a newer-model Mercedes taxi with a big crack on the driver’s side windshield. He started talking to us just as … Continue reading

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In France, Finding Relief Can Be a Delicate Matter

Five years ago, when my wife Kathy and I visited the chapel that Pablo Picasso painted in the hillside town of Vallauris, overlooking the sparkling French Riviera, the guard in the adjoining museum wore beautiful, hand-tooled leather boots. She exemplified what seemed … Continue reading

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More Odds & Ends from France

ANSOUIS, France — We’ve settled in the Provence countryside in a B&B, Un Patio en Luberon, set in a house dating back to the 1600s. It’s hot outside, but the thick walls and a fan help.  Only today we had one small … Continue reading

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Driving in France in July? Stick to the Back Roads

PAYZAC, France — We spent our first day on French soil in motorists’ purgatory, but quickly found our way through the pearly gates. As usual, I’d managed just a couple of 20-minute naps on our seven-hour, cross-Atlantic night flight, jammed … Continue reading

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“All a GPS can do is get you from one town to the next,” Kathy said disdainfully. All she is doing is getting me from one car to the next — and they’re all heading straight toward me. Today we … Continue reading

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Odds & Ends from France

“All a GPS can do is get you from one town to the next,” Kathy said disdainfully. All she is doing is getting me from one car to the next — and they’re all heading straight toward me. Today we … Continue reading

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Devon and me

It may be raining, but I had breakfast with Sunshine. Factoid of the day: “Santa is the only guy born with a beard.” Question of the day: “Does Santa give the Tooth Fairy presents?” Dialogue of the day: “Can we … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s historic gamble

Barack Obama has once again assured his place in the history of the American presidency. Obama acted courageously, if carefully, this week in becoming the first American president to openly support gay marriage. In doing so, he took substantial risks – with … Continue reading

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Remembering Mom

My Mom had opinions on just about everything. And she wasn’t shy about sharing them either. Ethel Lanson was a teacher — first biology and then, when I was growing up on Long Island in the ’50s and ’60s, a … Continue reading

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