Yearly Archives: 2000

LIVING LIFE ON A BARGE

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SENS, France – Whenever boating is the topic, a hot flash goes through my brain in the form of a vivid oil painting, a piece about the size of Rhode Island, from the brushes of a Frenchman named Jean Louis Andre Theodore Gericault.   I saw it again recently at the Louvre, this 182-year-old canvas …

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A HOLY STAIRWAY THAT’S TOUGH ON THE KNEES AND THAT’S JUST THE START IN GAINING A PILGRIM’S GRAND SLAM DURING ROME’S JUBILEE YEAR

ROME- Amid a black cloud of habited nuns, all of us playing kneesies with a rising series of walnut planks, I wonder if a cluster of orthopedic surgeons will be at the top, offering a Jubilee Year discount on arthroscopic carving.   “It will be good for your soul,” Brother Marcelo, a Benedictine monk in …

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RAKITA: A MAN YOU CAN RELY UPON

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ALONG THE MARA RIVER, KENYA – Going . . . going . . . however, not quite gone are Rakita and his kind. Downsized, to use a word he would not recognize, but, thankfully, not yet down and out is this good-humored, fearless little guy’s self-reliant way of making a living: hunting and gathering. As …

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CURING MILLENNIUM MALAISE

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Is there a pill, a vaccine, an anti-inflammatory to ward off or relieve the dreaded plague called Millennium Malaise? Here it is only April, and the toll is horrific. Millions, maybe billions, infected – sick of thinking, planning, contemplating, wondering how and where to deal with distant Dec. 31. Could anyone …

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POIROT WOULD LOVE THIS TRAIN!

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CAIRNS, Queensland, Australia – Is that Hercule Poirot, the debonair detective, seated on the observation platform, mulling over clues and sipping booze – champagne, of course – as endless green waves of sugar cane are parted by the train’s engine? “Should be drinking rum, my dear,” he mutters to his stunning companion, who resembles Agatha …

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