Monthly Archives: September 2010

Italy Adventure 2010: Day Six

Our last day in Rome began with breakfast at the hotel as usual and then a subway ride to the Spanish Steps.  This beautiful Baroque staircase topped by an obelisk and a pretty little French church is one of the … Continue reading

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Italy Adventure 2010: Day Five

The trip on the subway was much better this morning.  For one thing, we left the hotel later, so rush hour had died down a bit.  We also stayed on the same line and, in fact, only had to go … Continue reading

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Italy Adventure 2010: Day Four

The first day in Rome is always a bit scary.  Riding the subway with more than forty students during morning rush hour is enough to make the most experienced chaperone a wreck.  We had to switch lines and because of … Continue reading

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Italy Adventure 2010: Day Three

How can I describe San Gimignano?  To enter its gates is to step back in time.   Called the Manhattan of Tuscany, it is a walled medieval city on a hill in Tuscany surrounded by olive orchards and vineyards.  Of … Continue reading

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Italy Adventure 2010: Day Two

September 19, 2010 My love affair with Florence continues.  We had a wonderful time on this, our second day in this beautiful place! We started out at the Academia where Michelangelo’s David stands in all its awesome splendor.  This year … Continue reading

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Italy Adventure 2010: Day One

September 18, 2010 I haven’t slept in thirty-four hours.  I got up at 5 am, Friday in Greensboro and it is now  9 pm, Saturday in Florence.  I feel like I have been beaten.  Everything hurts.  I’d do it all … Continue reading

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A Better Country

I’m back.  I am back in the southern U.S.A., home of easy-access, free wireless internet; smoke-free restaurants; traffic laws followed by most people; sweet tea; reliable air-conditioning; wide sidewalks; elbow room;  line-forming etiquette and best of all: bountiful clean, free, … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Dante

Today, I am going to Florence.  I leave in about an hour.  This will be my fourth trip to the “Athens of the Middle Ages,” the beautiful little city on the Arno River where the Rennaissance was born.  I love … Continue reading

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Blessed Invisibility

Success in our society is all about visibility.  If you want to do well, you have to make sure you are being noticed.  Social networking, name recognition, branding, all of these are ways and means to the end: success! I … Continue reading

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Hope According to Augustine

To be human is to have dreams.  Dreams are the stuff of hope and hope is something I am firmly convinced we cannot live without.  Our dreams and our hopes change as our lives progress.  Sometimes we have to give … Continue reading

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