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One of my not-so-secret joys is discovering a pub or beer hall that brews their own magical elixir. The result?  You discover limitless expressions of flavor – subtle hints of coriander, orange peel and other spices.  It’s an adventure in taste and one where the beer-maker leads you away from the mainstream equation of, Read More

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Closing out my series of posts on Paris, here are a few photos from the trip.  Photography was a bit of a challenge since it was pouring nearly every day!

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So, I find myself in Paris for the first time. Alone. (Need the backstory?  Read the last post here.) My natural tendency is to avoid group tours or anything super touristy.  I can’t stand getting herded on a tour bus to be carted around to go-to attractions for rehearsed descriptions that barely scratch the, Read More

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I’m a technology gadget sort of guy.  As a kid, I would rummage around under the Christmas tree before my parents were up, eagerly shaking each wrapped present.  Soft packages, inevitably a jacket from mom or a sweater from grandma (sorry mom and nanna!), were cast aside.  Boxes of predictable sizes (Nintendo games?) and, Read More

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I ran the Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k Obstacle Race in Amesbury, MA this Saturday. (A rompingly ghoulish time if being chased by zombies, sloshing through mud and finding dirt a day later in crevices you didn’t even know existed sounds like fun!) After the run, Joyce and I traded zombies for witches. , Read More

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It’s not hard to find great food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city in the southern reaches of the country.  Turn any street corner and you’ll find a dizzying array of hawker stalls, food carts, hole-in-the-wall food joints and restaurants lacing the air with tantalizing scents of Pho Bo (beef noodle soup),, Read More