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Let It Be

I don’t mind spiders. I don’t want them crawling on my skin, but I’m happy to see them crouched in their webs and waiting to score a hapless fly, a deviant sugar ant. Provided they are doing their job I won’t interfere. But these days I’m faced with a dilemma. Recently come to live with me is a small spider. He’s in a corner of the kitchen with a low slung clumsy unwieldy web. There are bits beneath him all over the
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Born Free

I was driving to where the boulevard takes a sharp left and merges with the coast road. The sight of the glittering Atlantic sucked my attention and I dragged my eyes from oncoming traffic to admire the horizon of refracted sunlight and sparkles. However,  instead of awe inspiring shiny sea I was faced with a pair of eyes. Oily dark eyes wide with terror. I was stunned and nearly lost control of my car. The tiny rept
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Floating

Four years ago, slumped on a sofa in a cottage in Southampton, NY I was watching the weatherman on television. He was flailing in front of a map of the east coast of America. He was advising in the manner of a preacher predicting Armageddon that we were in for ‘the storm of the century!’ He advised the swift purchase of a month’s worth of supplies. ‘Buy a shovel,’ he urged with enthusias
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Nikola Tesla

The Nikola Tesla museum is a creamy villa in Belgrade. I arrived in time for the short film which included a snapshot of my grandfather saying hello to Mr. Tesla. It was surreal to see my grandfather up there on the screen. I forget where I am sometimes. I never fail to recognize my grandfather and his beautiful serene face concealing who knows what thoughts. In the photos he is always perfectly composed and serious.
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Sunday on the Sava

That my beloved Green Parrot is closed and under renovation is an excellent reason to exit Key West. Most importantly the dance floor is being rebuilt and I feel a little responsible for its extensive wear and tear. What a great time to be away, because to be there and not be allowed to go dance at the Green Parrot would be worse than hell. Equally hellish in my sainted little island life is the weather, it being the
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Belgrade, Serbia

My very first time in this country, five days in the middle of July, I traveled with my friend Henry Bisharat. He sure made things easy, as a world traveler himself it came naturally to him to organize everything, even more natural for him was to go on to start a travel company, I recommend you put your life in his hands at www.worldtravelerhelp.com In 1903, after a strange and orphan-like existence, my grandfather H
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Dead Former Office Worker

I am up north and in NYC and the migration of some of my possessions begins, starting with renting a truck to transport three paintings. After a peculiar set of circumstances including being put on the phone with a convicted murderer, but that’s another story as I am wont to say, three paintings belonging to me landed temporarily in the office of the father of a friend’s ex-boyfriend. None of which would&
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Genius

There was much magnificence packed into this last week. Starting with opening night at the Metropolitan Opera. There I saw Le Nozze di Figaro along with the Masters of the Universe, David Koch, John Paulson, Carson from Queer Eye, etc. I tend to think I don’t like opera or Mozart (I prefer Chopin and Beethoven and Schubert) until I witness a brilliant performance and then I remember why it is genius. I love mus
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Jasmine

AND THE RAIN COMES DOWN. When I left Key West my jasmine tree was in full bloom, taller than myself with bulbous bells of tiny white delicious smelling buds so that as I packed last night I was drunk on the night bloomer mingling with rainy season laden air. I only ever travel on one-way tickets so as much as I know is I’ve come north to fetch my miserable possessions strewn over the eastern seaboard. And thank
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