Paris 2014

by Paul Talbot on December 13, 2014




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One Morning In England

Europe

We sat in deep chairs next to the windows off on the far edge of the British Airways Lounge, nestled just below the sweep of the arching roof of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. We were up with the soaring girders, looking down on a multilayered bustle.  Crowds churned across an area large enough for two […]

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The Bittersweet Holiday

Americana

After dark the traffic picked up.  More station wagons came out of the cover of all the low pine trees that had beaten down by the winds.  Some of the cars went for the Sagamore Bridge and some went for the Bourne Bridge and they were all leaving Cape Cod. They were all leaving summer […]

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Death In The Shadows

Sports

When we read the obituaries for Jimmy Ellis earlier this month, we were reminded that for some, no matter how significant their accomplishments, there will always be another name attached. Jimmy Ellis never danced free from the shadows of Mohammed Ali.  We can’t help but remember Ellis as Ali’s sparring partner.  But Ellis was a […]

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Coronado Beach After The 2014 Winter Storm

Americana

Look closely at this picture.  Across the steps  you’ll see mounds of sand piled up by an earth-mover.  You’ll see the big waves crashing out on the beach beyond the protective piles of sand. For some reason, this is the exact stretch of beach, the stretch hit hardest by our winter storm, where the City […]

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The Lame Leadership of Gregg Steinhafel

Americana

Gregg Steinhafel isn’t getting the job done.  By following what is probably accepted as a prudent path, the Target President and CEO shames his organization into a deeper hole. In the aftermath of the Eastern European hackers’ attack on Target, Mr. Steinhafel has been making curious choices. Note this carefully crafted statement made by the […]

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On The Last Afternoon of the Year

Americana

Up past the Hotel del Coronado I walked along Orange Avenue and there were still a lot of Arizona State fans on the street. They all left Qualcomm Stadium last night cold and confused.  I lined up with them for the trolley ride home and it was one of those times when you are surrounded […]

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A New American Chorus

Politics

Obvious perils accompany those moments of clarity, those rare times when we suddenly believe that the future has shed all of its annoying uncertainties.  These are the perils of hubris and of flat out being wrong. And yet I cannot help but feel that the events of the past week, driven by the train wreck […]

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When It Was Good To Be Far Away

The Sea

In Coronado that night when the water was flat on Glorietta Bay and when the moon caught the ripples on its way up it was like the end and the beginning all at once.  The moorings on Glorietta Bay were quiet.  The wind was still. Everything else in America was far away that night which […]

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The Colonel Vanishes

Americana

At the age of 65, he is virtually broke. He has been fired from a dozen jobs.  He doesn’t have any formal education beyond the seventh grade. When his first Social Security check shows up, he spends the money to paint a big picture of himself on the side of his Cadillac. He hits the […]

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