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I Came from Somewhere

My grandmother Paula Cruz was from another time and place. Born in 1908 in Leon, Mexico, she emigrated to the States in 1915 with her family to flee a bloody battle that was brewing in the area, and which eventually wiped out most of the population, thanks to the Mexican Revolution. 1,241 more words

People In My Life

Mind the step

A long time ago, standing talking with a group of friends at the bottom of a flight of stairs, I witnessed what I still consider to be one of the coolest/funniest incidents I have ever seen. 150 more words


Alexander Pope

When Pope was on his deathbed, the doctor assured him that his breathing was easier, his pulse steader, and various other encouraging things.

“Here am I,” commented Pope to a friend, “dying of a hundred good symptoms.”


Pablo Picasso

In later life Picasso visited an exhibition of children’s drawings.

He observed, “When I was their age, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.”

Picasso Self Potrait






An unforgettable character / incident

This is the era of ultimate indifference, where people, rather than mobile phones, have become distractions. People complain about this trend, but I love it, having never enjoyed mundane conversations with strangers.I was on train, armed with my laptop, phone, and solidarity for this favourable trend. 231 more words


A lesson from my nephew

Sam, who’s six, is an expert on Ninja turtles.  He’s seen all the animations, loves the comics, can name each character, give you their histories and play the stories out in Lego. 410 more words


Pablo Picasso

(Picasso recalls his mother’s ambitions for him.)

“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. 21 more words