Monthly Archives: January 2011

Al Jazeera: An extraordinary glimpse of a revolution

I’ve bookmarked Al Jazeera English on my laptop, and become quite addicted to its live stream of coverage from Egypt.  This is a revolution whose outcome remains uncertain.  It’s potentially the fall of the Berlin Wall. Only this time, the … Continue reading

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Honoring America’s guns

It makes me swell with pride to see how much this country has grown since the Tucson rampage earlier this month that left 6 dead and  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords badly wounded. Why Tuesday night, at the State of the Union … Continue reading

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In the land of the dragons

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Devon drew a lei-lei on her easel, yellow with pink tail and a hint of scales. In case you’re not up to speed on lei-leis either, Devon tells me it is a dragon, and a mean one … Continue reading

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Will the next storm obliterate my street sign?

LEXINGTON, Mass. — My house sits on a street named Tower Road.  But the only tower in sight these days is a mound of snow piled so high against the street sign stanchion  that it’s within a foot of obscuring … Continue reading

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The signs of New Zealand: From the poetic to the profane

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Images of New Zealand

A few years ago, on a five-month sabbatical in one of our favorite places in the world, Provence, France, Kathy and I snapped about 750 photos.  In the last 20 days, on the South Island of New Zealand, we’ve taken … Continue reading

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Letters from New Zealand: 10 tips for planning the best trip

METHVEN, N.Z. – Mike Johnstone has penetrating blue eyes, a face like leather and a head full of numbers. He can tell you that he and his son work 1,800 acres of the rich pastureland in the shadow of Mt. … Continue reading

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