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My great old friend Richard Vick (I’ve always called him ‘Rick’) left his job as a reporter on London’s Fleet Street just before his twenty-first birthday with a small suitcase plus £50 in his pocket. It was 1969 the year the 5th Dimension sang and sang and sang ‘Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.’ As Rick explained in a recent interview: “These were exciting(…)

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A nocturnal visitor

I received an impromptu visit from my great friend Corinne Trang last night. She’s formidable, beautiful, simpatico, highly accomplished in every one of her many areas of expertise. Truth be told, she’s become our third sister. (She was also a subject I interviewed for my book Love in the Second Act, True Stories of Romance, Midlife and Beyond, Section:(…)

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New York Notes by Jill Levine

My friend Jill (aka Suzanne Jill Levine) who lives and teaches in Santa Barbara, California, passed through town last week. We met for coffee and/or food at the Rubin Museum restaurant. [see unskilled selfie of Jill – laughing, Buddha – observing human suffering, non-enlightenment, gastric over-indulgence,  and Allie – spaced out – below] After catching up (though I(…)

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Aylam’s travels

I asked my young friend Aylam Rosenthal to tell me about his and his mother (Johanne’s) journey to photograph wildlife in Finland a few years ago. Here’s what he told me: The first thing we noticed when we stepped off the plane in Kuusamo* was how small the airport was; the check-in counters, security, and(…)

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Coasting toward 60

A welcome visit with a friend from Newcastle – in northeastern England quite close to Scotland – who I also see in Greece. Having retired early from practicing law, teaching law, and duties as a judge, Tessa has cleared out her life so she can wander new pastures casting her passions into the four winds. As it happens,(…)

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Guest: Thanking the Hippies

My friend Jo Schulze was born in Germany’s Black Forest just as World War II began. Now she lives a dynamic life on the east coast of England with (interchanging) members of three generations of her accomplished family. A short bio, in her own words: Jo Schulze, MA level, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, far traveled, being at home in five languages.(…)

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613 seeds

A visitor from Berlin by way of Istanbul–Bernd Brunner. He’s an old friend and fellow author, even more prolific than me, who has been living and working and rooting into Istanbul for the past several years, also studying the Turkish language. He’s a gregarious, intense fellow. During his visit, though I offered olives, Biscotti smelling of anise, wine, tea or coffee,(…)

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A day out with Alison

Today I had the pleasure of spending time with my favorite author, Alison Leslie Gold. We started out by shooting a Book Trailer for Alison’s upcoming novella Not Not a Jew. I set up my iPhone 6 with a lavaliere mike at a table in Brooklyn Bagels on 8th Ave, while Alison went to grab the most jewish bagel she(…)

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