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Roman Holiday

A bright Saturday morning sun illuminated the Forum Boarium as tourists queued nearby at the legendary Bocca della Verità or Mouth of Truth. The locale was familiar; a nearby farmers market on the via San Teodoro was a stop earlier in the week on the way to Appia Antica and Cecilia Metella. 442 more words

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Wicker Woven

As the summer sun sets outside my apartment before I turn the key to enter, I contemplate its warmth and am reminded of summers past. When I was younger, I would sit with my siblings on the patio on the patio cushioned by weathered pillows on wicker furniture. 613 more words

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Goblin Ore

The fact that cobalt’s bright and distinct color like a vivid sky or deep lake water is derived from a dull, greyish compound extracted from deep within mountains only scratches the surface of its intriguing story. 531 more words

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The Cistercian Standard

“Listen, my son, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart.”
– Prologue to Rule by Benedict of Nursia

The opening words of David Heald’s… 532 more words

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The Grand Cascade

Marc Appleton and I stumbled on to the pier at the Rio de S. Moise as Stephen dropped us off after an afternoon of watercoloring on the Grande Canal in Venice.  963 more words

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Ludd's Hammer

As technology advances, there is the subconscious habit of allowing it to absorb our lives. Unless monitored, it is easy to spend fifteen or more hours a day staring at a screen. 668 more words

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A Pen for Mother's Day

Inevitably, I am asked by my children about the history and origins of holidays that we celebrate. They are relieved when I label a holiday a”hallmark” holiday because they do not feel obligated to participate with gifts. 586 more words

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