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Elena Ferrante Isn’t Who I Thought She Was.

  And I’m glad she’s not. Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym for Italy’s most famous author. For twenty years her true identity has remained a carefully guarded secret. Then, on October 2nd, the New York Review of Books published an … Continue reading

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A Chinese Island Retains Its Old World Charm.

Who would have thought that my contractors, a husband and wife team, would have visited Gulangyu on their Asian cruise! After all, they had five or six countries to visit, and the cruise only allowed three stops in China. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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My Translators Live in China.

 They show up on my computer screen every day or two with a question or a series of questions, and I answer them. But I’ve never met my translators. I picture them as three young Chinese men, but I could … Continue reading

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Stories Set in Foreign Lands

Since I started blogging a little over two years ago, I’ve become acquainted with lots of wonderful people, one of whom is Evelyne Holingue, an author who writes for both children and adults. Today Evelyne has gathered together six authors … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know What It’s Like to Be a …

 How many times have we seen the man in a sitcom or romantic comedy shake his head and say: I’ll never understand women? When the men and his friends act like a bunch of boys, the woman doesn’t say a … Continue reading

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An Immigrant’s Tale

I met Ms. M only once. The check I’d sent for our two-day stay in her vacation rental on San Juan Island had been lost in the mail. I said I could pay by credit card or PayPal. But she … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

Francis Guenette is a novelist and a blogger. I met her online, and for the past few months I’ve been following her warm and thoughtful blog, Disappearing in Plain Sight. On it, she writes about writing, country living, her grandchildren … Continue reading

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One Hundred Posts and Counting

  Today I’m celebrating my 100th blog post! Hurray! It’s taken me a year and a half to do it, but here I am, at milepost one hundred. If you’re not a blogger, you may wonder why anyone would want … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Tigers Gone?

During the holidays my family—seven adults, one child and a teenager—visited the Indianapolis Zoo. Despite the unwieldy size of our group, we succeeded in staying together for a while. (The shark-petting pool with its small hint of danger appealed to … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Wasn’t the Only Target on Dec. 7, 1941

  For most of my life, I thought the only country the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, was my own, the United States of America. In my defense, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was an enormous event for … Continue reading

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