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Gift Horse

I did not think I was the luckiest six-year-old in the world when, at the start of one week in Switzerland with the family, I broke my leg for a Christmas present. My ski pass already purchased I wrecked my leg before even getting on the slopes. I had nothing to do except learn how to get around on the snow on crutches. For company I would have to spend my time with the new boyfriend of my mother as he was not much o
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Nicknames

One morning early, on my Serbian adventure, I was driven from central Belgrade to the top of Avala, a mountain where my ancestor, King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, commissioned a monument The Tomb of the Unnamed Soldier to commemorate the victims of the Balkan Wars and World War I. Wars he fought in. This tomb would be built over the site of a medieval Fort, which was itself constructed atop the ruins of an ancient Rom
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Stand Up Paddle

SUP?!!! I’ve watched punters standing, or sometimes sitting, on ‘paddle boards’, and honestly, I have always suspected this was not quite a ‘sport’. Until I tried it, and I loved it! Everything was contrary to my expectations. It is not boring! It is not difficult! After my few years here the notches I count on my belt are sightings of eagle rays, of manatees, of dolphins and miniature deer, and sunsets. The paddle b
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Of A Feather

After my travels I’m home in the Keys and settling in when I heard a certain siren call, I learned my favorite band, Xperimento, was playing this weekend at my favorite bar, the The Green Parrot. All I could think of was wanting to gather up all of town to attend the nights of their lives. This band is a gorgeous work in progress, hence their name. They combine all sorts of genres and their music is ever evolving, so
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Former Prime Minister

There was a time I was related to a former Prime Minister of Peru.  I was in Lima visiting, he was obsessed with security and never left his reinforced apartment in the San Ysidro area without a bodyguard as well as a couple of revolvers, one in his jacket pocket so that it sagged like the belly of a pregnant bitch, and another stuck in the waistband of his slacks. Sometimes when we drove around the city he liked to
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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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