The Lotus Eater

Somerset Maugham wrote a famous short story once called The Lotus Eater (here's an ad-free and almost typo-less version that you can read for nothing), about a 35-year old banker from London who chucked it all one day to go live on Capri on an annuity that would expire in 25 years, at which time…

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The Dignity of Sand Cranes

Since returning from Portugal, almost two weeks ago, I have been engaged in a ferocious internal debate:  what should I focus my energies on next (other than preparing to move to Portugal next year)? The choice is ternary: a) Do nothing; hang out; chill; exercise; lose weight; ignore whatever happens with the coming election and…

Epilogue

We're back in Florida, where, within 24 hours, my systolic BP number shot up to 170+, soon upon arrival. Here are some final thoughts about this month-long trip to Tavira, Portugal, where we stayed in this apartment building. The trip back to Faro airport was a bit hairy, as the car service did not show…