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Hemingway’s favorite painting— Joan Miró’s The Farm—reflects his own spare creative style. The painting was woven into the fabric of Hemingway’s life, from his early days scrimping by in Paris, to the glory days in Key West and Havana, to the sad years of decline when he lost his home in the chaos of two Cuban revolutions. The race to spirit it out of Cuba after the Revolution is worthy of a thriller. Vanity Fair tells the story. This month, The Farm goes on view in a major Miró retrospective in Paris at the Grand Palais museum complex.

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  So far, this has been a three-bears summer where I live in Lafayette, swinging from a too-cold foggy chill to a too-hot swelter with the sun beating down and the temp pushing past 100 degrees. I’m missing those “just-right” days we usually count on at this time of year. The chill is easy to […]

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How I deal with autoimmune flares—itching red rashes, crackly, aching joints, crippling fatigue: first fuming, then rest, and—finally—trying to regain an outward focus

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People with blood clotting problems need to be aware of potential dangers with the IVs known as PICC lines. A recent study shows that PICC lines pose a risk for blood clots that can be especially severe for patients who have already had clotting problems.

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Researchers have pinpointed the parts of the brain that control how we write words. These findings could lead to improved treatments after brain damage and more effective ways to teach spelling.

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Celebration time: I’m honored that my travel essay, “Moorstones,” is featured beginning today as the “editor’s choice” on the TravelersTales.com website and on BestTravelWriting.com.

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02

2016

Travel Writing Awards Season Finds Me

Travel Writing Awards Season Finds me and a number of my writing friends who won awards for Best Travel Writing in the annual Solas Awards Competition. I’m proud that my story “Moorstones” won a silver award in the annual competition sponsored by Travelers’ Tales.

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I and my great writing friend MJ Pramik are delighted to join distinguished British and international travel writers between the covers of the new travel anthology To Oldly Go, just published in the US by Bradt Guides. We’re proud to be part of this collection of 41 true travel tales from the over-60 crowd. We’ll celebrate at two upcoming events: On Sunday, February 21, from 12 to 2 pm, we’ll appear on the radio program Lilycat on Stuff on FCC Radio. Then, on Thursday, March 3, at 6 pm, we’ll have a book launch party at Book Passage’s San Francisco Store, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111. The party is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

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Patient Survey about Blood Thinner Preferences. Patients who take blood thinners because they’ve had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) are being recruited for a new survey about blood thinner preference being conducted at the University of Minnesota

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It’s been a tough week helping my dear friend Ellen McCarthy plan the memorial for her husband, the uber-talented but laid-back cool band leader and jazz trumpeter Art Juarez, who died October 3 after a devastating war with kidney disease.

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