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The Train

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Life, love, and death on a trip from Amsterdam to Paris. The train picked up speed as it left the station in a little town not far from Amsterdam. We passed so close to [...]

To Miss New Orleans

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The city winds in and out of my consciousness, a strong part of who I am. I know the map of the French Quarter like the palm of my hand. I should. A master taught me. Clint [...]

First Solo Travel

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The year was 1985: an account of the first time I traveled solo in Europe. At twenty, I traveled abroad alone. I had two weeks in Britain by myself before going to Paris for [...]

The Pilgrim Soul

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My daughter Catherine turned seventeen yesterday. Catherine is smart and very funny, disciplined in her studies, and she is kind. Last year, when I really wondered whether I [...]