On Flowers

“ The reason I paint flowers is that I see them fading.

“This reminds me of the eternally renewed, the springtime, all of that, because I feel death and disaster lurk right behind them.”   *
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A Writer’s Duty

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A writer’s duty is twofold: “the refusal to lie about what one knows and the resistance against oppression.”  Albert Camus,  his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1957. Continue reading “A Writer’s Duty”

What is Rome?

On a rainy day in Portland it is good to take a mental break and visit my “friend” Anthony Doerr.

Lori Greer in Portland

The passage “What is Rome?” below is from Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr.

I read a few pages of his book every few days.  It is like sitting down with a friend.

I am learning a lot from his experiences living in Rome with his wife and twins.

This was a book club selection for my Italian Book Club.*  Some loved this book.  Some found it boring.

Read reviews at Four Seasons in Rome….

Four Seasons in Rome

“What is Rome? …

“It’s like America before coffee was “to go”, when a playground was a patch of gravel, some cigarette butts, and an uninspected swing set; when everybody smoked, when businesses in your neighborhood were owned by people in your neighborhood; when children still stood on the front seats of moving cars and spread their fingers scross the dash.

“It’s a health-care service that ensures assistance to both Italians and foreigners in…

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Thoughts…

 

Tragedy and I are old friends.

I have dealt with tragedy before.

This is what I know.

It is hard everytime.

The road may be different but pain always shows its face.

People can be wonderful.

People can be  cruel.

People can be clueless. Continue reading “Thoughts…”

Silly Woman Crying

 

Ambushed walking down the street.

Minding my own business.

Nothing in particular on my mind.

Then I saw this beautiful car.

I had to stop and look.

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Simple Words

He was controversial.

He was fired from Apple.

He took Apple to new heights.

He inspired many. Continue reading “Simple Words”

Road trip!

Notes from my recent British Columbia, Canada road trip.

First stop, Victoria for a few days and then up to Whistler for a long, relaxing break. Continue reading “Road trip!”

Saint Honore Boulangerie

Sunshine in Portland…perfect for enjoying a coffee and croissant at Saint Honore!

Lori Greer in Portland

Saint Honore Boulangerie is one of my favorite places to meet friends, to relax in the sun, to escape the rain, to slow down and enjoy life.

The food, from pastries to entrées, is always excellent.  The service and the ambiance are delightful.

For a short while I feel as though I am in France.  Often, I hear French being spoken by other patrons.

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A Judgement in Stone

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Does she have murder in her heart?                                                                                    Photo: http://www.pexels.com

Forget my well-laid plans.
Ignore reminders from my Google calendar.
Eat hastily prepared meals.
Respond quickly and tersely to texts and phone calls.

I can’t tear myself away from this book!

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My Italian Bulldozer

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Sometimes help comes from the least expected place.

Sometimes help comes when we don’t know we need it.

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