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September 9, 2017 – Morocco. Sharon and I are in the city of Fez for 3 days as part of our 2.5 week Overseas Adventure Travel trip to Morocco. Part of today was spent walking through the Jewish Quarter of Fez, which was a fascinating view of an ancient society. We visited one of the […]

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I have one word for you: Plastic

I have one word for you: Plastic. Plastic waste has been a concern of mine for decades. (I wrote a term paper about it in 2002 when I was taking a class in Calif. Politics & Public Policy at Calif. State University East Bay in 2002.) On my walk through California and Arizona in April […]

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Notes… June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017. From sundown Friday to sundown on Saturday is Shabbat—the Sabbath. It’s actually 25 hours just so we don’t start late or end too early. Since I started thinking about such things, I realized that of the Ten Commandments, for me the Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, is […]

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Notes… June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017. My day started at 6:30 am with a walk around Lake Merritt. Other walkers & joggers were already on the path around the lake and a number of people in small boats were sculling in the water. Canada geese & other water fowl were in abundance as well. When I moved from […]

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Notes… June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017. “You must have become very strong pushing that kart up all those hills.” You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard that statement. Sorry, but no. Today I talked about this with 2 friends. I walked RT from Piedmont to Montclair with Will (uphill both ways), and then visited Mark where he […]

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Notes… June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017. I continue to return to my daily routine. Today I am thinking about and paying homage to Mathieu-André Reichert, whom you've probably never heard of unless you play the flute. His story was interesting and, as such stories go, also tragic (at the end, at least). Born in 1830 in Belgium, he […]

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Notes… June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017. Today represented a positive step in returning to my “normal” life. Catherine deCuir, the talented singer with whom I regularly perform, came over (as she typically does on Tuesdays) to discuss upcoming gigs and rehearse a few songs. We also talked about the progress of the novel we worked on for two […]

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Notes… June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017. How fast do you lose upper body strength that took 15 years to attain? How many weeks can you go without practicing your instrument(s) before you sound embarrassingly bad? How long does it take to get over a major disappointment, regardless of the many friends who are telling you that you’ve done an […]

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Notes… Day 40+5

Day 40+5. I can't decide whether taking the Greyhound bus back to Mesa was a brilliant way to remind me of the hundreds of miles I walked through Arizona, the motels I stayed in, & the many places where I stopped to eat, camp, & rest, or a cruel method of forcing me to relive […]

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Notes… Day 40+4

Day 40+4. At about 6pm the downpour started, preceded by thunder and lightning. Clayton asked, "Aren't you glad you're not out in your tent?" Although I laughed, inwardly I wished I WAS in the tent, 100 miles further down the road. When I think about all of this, I have mixed feelings. I know I […]

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