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A Note of Apology

The other day I was trying to install a new theme on our website. The new theme, created for someone starting from scratch, included a few dummy posts so that the purchaser could see how it presented information. So me…I installed the new theme and then the sample entries, thinking that I could delete them…

Technical Difficulties in Paris in 2020

Remember when the TV would occasionally show a screen saying that they were having technical difficulties? We had a few technical difficulties in Paris in 2020. Looking back, I have plenty of things to be thankful for. I’m not among those who suffered because of health problems or financial loss. The regulatory regime was a…

Halloween and Terror in Paris – 2020

There is Halloween in Paris Owing to American influence, there are shops with costumes and decorations. In our neighborhood, we haven’t seen kids go door-to-door soliciting candy, though I buy some every year hoping that they’ll catch on. Spooky Halloween decorations cover the common areas of our apartment building. On the streets, they are already…

Bloomsday in Paris

Bloomsday in Paris and the Origins of the Lilac Bloomsday Run In 1979, my mother-in-law Beth Shaw ran her first Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington. My first time was in 1988. This year is my 27th year of competing in the race. My wife Brenda has done it a couple more times than I.…