Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Mythopoetic Gathering of Men

Standing in the California redwoods, I couldn’t be farther from the French Riviera. A couple of days ago, I was in sunny Cannes on the Mediterranean, seated at a sidewalk café, sipping a glass of Provençal rosé while surrounded by tourists and a mélange of languages. Now I’m near Mendocino on the northern California coast,

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Le Pain Quotidien

Funny how some little things remain unexpectedly with you for years. “You have to break the end off your baguette and eat it on the way home.” Such was Roberta’s instruction to me as we walked back to her flat from Maison Kayser, an artisanal boulangerie a few blocks away from her Left Bank apartment,

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The Côte d’Azur

I’ve decided that the seagulls have a French accent. Sitting on a park bench, gazing at a harbor crowded with elegant boats and massive yachts, I’m basking in the sunshine while enjoying the foreign sights and sounds that surround me. Several of the exceedingly large seagulls (they could be albatross, actually) pace the pavement and

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Men and Beauty: Evolving the Masculine

“You probably want this on a pretty plate…” A faint note of something like sarcasm or weary condescension colored my friend’s voice, as she peered into the pot of homegrown Anasazi beans she had just cooked. “I know what you’re going to say,” she added, “you don’t like the brown beans in a brown bowl.”

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