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On the road to Ithaca, a bittersweet sight for book lovers

Phoenix Books outside Ithaca, NY, closed its doors more than a year ago, but the old barn still gets visitors, including some unaware it’s out of business. The store sold used books for 30 years, but apparently couldn’t keep up … Continue reading

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Road trip revelations: A weekend in Happy Valley

Of the many observations I made visiting my son this weekend, one made all the rest possible: he is happy and thriving on the path he has chosen in life. That confirmation allowed me to enjoy the weekend, without any of the common … 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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