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Would you swap your talent for someone else’s?

Let’s say you’re a gifted painter. Maybe you don’t make a living at it, but it’s a source of pleasure and fulfillment, occasionally joy. But for years you’ve wished you were a standout baseball player, even though you’re not so … Continue reading

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A lasting image, 35 years later, in black and white

This post is old-school all the way. It’s about a photo I took in 1978, using black & white film and developed in a college’s spartan photo lab, stinky chemicals and all. I’ve held onto this photo, and some others … Continue reading

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Where to find a Man of Letters? In Ithaca, at a tire store

It took a little convincing, but Dick Flaville, FOTMS 1950, agreed to have his story told. This is a profile in courage, although Dick might object to that label. You’ll see shortly why it qualifies. “FOTMS 1950” is what Dick … Continue reading

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Vermont weekend: Changes in altitude … changes in attitude?

Road trip! A few decades ago, that phrase used to mean a wild weekend to a buddy’s wedding or a major sporting event, often just a convenient excuse for youthful debauchery. That kind of trip I long ago relinquished to … Continue reading

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Gertrude was a pretty awesome 95-year-old artist

I was scrounging for something in my basement the other day and came across a painting by a 95-year-old woman. Gertrude was her name. She was one of my mom’s roommates at the nursing home where my mom spent the … Continue reading

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