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To Russia, with love

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Ottawa is flying the gay pride flag at city hall during the Olympic Games. An act of protest, and just as importantly, an act of…

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The library in winter

“In winter some people go to the Caribbean. I like January, February in London. Pottering about. And travelling in my mind. Planning where I shall be going when the days get lighter.” ~Duncan Fallowell (English novelist, travel writer and critic) I’ve been wanting some escape from this long, cold, crazy winter. We’ve been living under an…

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A walk in Paris

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”  ~Thomas Jefferson I keep getting lost in this photo. Two women walking in Paris. It doesn’t really matter where they are going. When in Paris, the journey is just as good as the destination. These lovely ladies could be…

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How do I get there from here?

“”Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where – ” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. ” – so long as I get somewhere,”…

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The Jane Austen Quiz: Which character are you?

If I were a Jane Austen character, I’d be Elizabeth Bennet (the heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice). I can totally relate to Lizzy. She is honest, loyal, and incurably romantic: she believes in marrying only for love. But (like me) she is not without her faults: she is outspoken, opinionated and judges people harshly without having all the…