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Blog by Melinda Di Lorenzo

Powering Down

A power outage in the southwest and the people who were there.... My power went out yesterday. The first sign came from my garage door opener. It didn't open. That ...

On Being Pressed

What happens when you press people to bend to your will.... Pressed, as in "being pressed into service" the old British Navy term for someone who was serving on...

Happy Old Year

You can look forward to the new year if you like. I'm a big fan of the current offering, thank you.... There is something unsettling about the year changing depending on where you are on the globe. At so...

Go Ahead, Make my Day!

A simple blueprint that I feel works for people to really put some zip into their life, a spring int... What is it that has one person trudging through his or her day, and another bounding along optimisti...

Plaza de Contraproducente

A few words about counterproductive places.... This is a bustling place, this plaza. I see people there all the time. In general, they are quite ...

Bruges - Belgium's Heart of Romance and History

Bruges, a city of romance and wonderful delights. A must see on any tour of Western Europe.... Sometimes referred to as "the Venice of the North", Bruges is a city th...


We are down to two players at the World Series of Philistines.... Xenophobia is an irrational, deep-rooted fear of or antipathy towards foreigners. So let’s mak...

Day 176 - Ode to the Dickie Seat

The dickie seat is a worthy adversary on any minibus trip in Central America - choose to sit in it a... Any trip to Central America is not complete without at least one trip in the infamous dickie seat. W...


mostly understood in the title... 3 days before I got here there was a army of guards and 1 mistress named Destiny. That wasn't it, th...

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