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Mr Chapman

A few years ago when a tourist was enjoying breakfast on her beachside hotel balcony she watched a Key West policeman kill a man. The tourist took to social media and shared the sighting. The man was homeless and she clearly saw four policemen sit on him and one in particular shoved his face in the sand. And he died. The cops in Key West are out of control and particularly nasty to the homeless, who they pick on with
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Devil Spawn

At the police station mother and son were seated side-by-side and shackled and holding hands. Helena plucking earth specks from beneath her son’s fingernails and inadvertently making him bleed.  She breathed calmly, she was invincible, she thought. Meanwhile the young man chewed his lower lip and tried not to cry. “Trust me,” she muttered smoothly. Helena pinched her son, scratched him through his p
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Pass It On

1000 years ago as I was sorting through my first divorce, (second happiest day of my life), I had a rental house full of furniture and objects. It was easy enough to get rid of the rental, especially as it belonged to the ex-husband’s mother, and then I shoved all those ridiculous objects into storage and forgot about them. It had all seemed quite inexpensive at $100 month. A decade and $12,000 later and still
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Bobby, Cheryl & Genghis Khan

Already Serbia seems like a dream, sensations mutating. The only thing I know for certain is I shall return. But I had to be at a wedding far up the north eastern United States, so everything was temporarily on hold. I am finally returned to Key West, now one week later, and I feel and look like Shackleton, post Pole. This was the wedding of Bobby Kennedy Jr and actress Cheryl Hines. All about family and friends. The
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Love Is In The Air

Last night was so much fun but I am sworn to secrecy. Moratorium for one week, and then I can spill the beans all over my wall. But a few highlights included enthusiasm uncurbed, a Newfoundland dog wearing a tie who was my date, great laughter with great friends, and then after a certain ceremony the fun continued, devolving into a cake fight, which I stealthily avoided participating in, other than to watch and laugh
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Villa Olga

Thank you Friends for all your comments, I do agree, as someone pointed out I have been in the Florida Keys too long since it didn’t occur to me not to wear flip-flops to visit the Palace. Being there and seeing a painting of my grandmother I had never seen before from when she was in her 20s and knowing that she and my grandfather had walked on those marble flagstones at a time when the future was not known to
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The Motherland

Villa Olga, a house that once belonged to my grandmother HRH Princess Olga of Greece wife of my grandfather HRH Prince Paul of Yugoslavia has been returned to my family by the Republic of Serbia. In 1941 the Karageorgevic Royal family was asked to leave rather unceremoniously and sent into exile beginning with 10 years of house arrest in Africa. The diaspora of the family have been rootless nomads ever since, some se
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Unmoved

For a couple of years I have lived comfortably in my dollhouse at the center of the island. I love it but with no view and no breeze and after a childhood believing in castles I do at times feel cramped. When I tripped across a second-story apartment on the water, with a balcony and a view of the Gulf of Mexico, I fell hard. That it was a houseboat, listing at an angle, and with a spider the size of my hand swinging
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Friends

Due to the severity of my hungover condition today’s post will be short, sweet and to the point. Many friends came to town and we are having a very groovy time. Most amazing of all is Rachel came for a visit. First class all the way, she was even seated next to a hot young billionaire. Rachel’s world is full of magic. All my local friends wanted to meet the fabled Rachel and there have been dinners (where
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