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Music: Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian sings beautifully and speaks four languages: French, Spanish, Italian and English. She was born in Belgium to a Flemish father and an Italian mother. I especially love her French music. Fabian is best known for the dance pop song “I Will Love Again,” which was released in 2000 and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I saw her perform in Washington, DC in 2018 at the Warner Theater and her voice knocked my socks off.

Her music is in the same genre as Laura Pausini with whom she has performed. Together they are an exceptional treat.

Lara Fabian and Laura Pausini
Lara Fabian TV Interview

Lara Fabian on iTunes

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Peter Turnley Reflects on Life and Photography

Peter Turnley is one of my favorite photographers. He recently reflected on Instagram that he doesn’t take time for granted:

Every moment counts. This is in part what I love about photography – a celebration of moments. Like atoms and neurons, moments are almost infinite – we must seize them. ⁣

I have now been making photographs for 48 years. Almost a half of century of moments to share, explore, review, and reflect upon. I have no idea how many years of moments are left, but what I do know, is that one day at a time, there are moments left to live, and I intend to make sure they count. ⁣

Turnley has worked in over 90 countries. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times. You can see some of his work on his website.

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A Charming About Page

What a wonderful way for a blogger to introduce herself:

Rather than letting anyone who knows me truly know me, I choose to pour my heart out to the internet.

Millennial Life Crisis
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George Will: The Holocaust is the ‘dark sun’ into which this democracy should peer

George Will writing in The Washington Post on the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC:

Nothing — nothing — is unthinkable, and political institutions by themselves provide no permanent safety from barbarism, which permanently lurks beneath civilization’s thin, brittle crust.

This is why the Holocaust is the dark sun into which this democracy should peer.

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Berlin: A Wonderful Capital City

I first visited Berlin in the early 1980s. Berlin was then a divided city. I stayed in the Western zone near the Kurfurstendamm, which at the time was the heart of Berlin. I took a one day bus tour to the East. We crossed through Checkpoint Charlie. The bus was thoroughly searched by East German border guards. In contrast, the American military just let us pass freely.

The West was vibrant with shops, restaurants and people everywhere. In contrast, buildings in the East still showed signs of having been bombed in the war. There were Soviet style memorials throughout East Berlin. Our East German guide was openly dispirited and seemed to be reciting a script he was told to speak, especially when he spoke of “warm relations” with the then Soviet Union. At the end of the day, I was glad to be back in the West where I felt free and comfortable.

In 2018, I went back to Berlin to see an undivided, transformed and reinvented Berlin, still under construction 73 years after the end of WWII. I stayed near the Kurfurstendamm so I could compare my experience today with the early 1980s. My hotel —Pension Peters— is a small owner-managed hotel, where I felt like a temporary resident in a nice Berlin neighborhood.

I saw the transformation of Berlin immediately. The Kurfurstendamm is no longer the center of town. The heart of Berlin today is in the former East, which was a shambles when I was last there. The Kurfurstendamm is now a nice shopping street in a lovely Berlin neighborhood called City West but isn’t the heart of the capital.

David Enzel at Former Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany
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Music: Shannon LaBrie

Shannon LaBrie is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist from Lincoln, NE. She’s lived in Nashville, TN, since 2008. Her voice is glorious.

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Podcast: ‘The Kindle Chronicles’

I enjoy keeping track of developments at Amazon.com. My primary source of information is The Kindle Chronicles podcast.

Len Edgerly is the creator and host of the podcast. Len is a bright fellow with a background in journalism. He graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and the Harvard Business School in 1977.

Before retiring he was a business journalist at The Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin, an editor of an energy magazine in Casper, Wyoming, and an executive at a natural gas company based in Denver.

Len has been podcasting since 2006, when he launched the Audio Pod Chronicles and Video Pod Chronicles. He began the weekly Kindle Chronicles podcast in 2008. New podcasts generally appear each Friday and last about 40 minutes. Although Len does everything himself he is diligent in publishing a new episode each week even under difficult circumstances.

Each podcast consists of four parts:

  1. Amazon related news
  2. Kindle Tech Tips
  3. An interview
  4. Book recommendations

Len attracts interesting guests. In 2016, he interviewed Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Len loves to read and I have come to value the book recommendations he includes in his podcast. I also have learned a lot about the fast changing publishing business by listening to The Kindle Chronicles.

But what I enjoy most is Len’s intellect and curiosity. I look forward to each new episode.

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Returning to WordPress

I’ve experimented with many different blogging platforms and have settled on WordPress. WordPress makes it easy to post from a laptop or a smartphone and has all the features I need. I love the iOS app. I find it very easy to use. I went back and forth between WordPress.com and self-hosted and settled on WordPress.com. All I want to do is blog and I’d like to keep it simple.

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Dubrovnik Grapples with Tourism

I recently visited Dubrovnik. This PBS NewsHour segment does a nice job of describing the challenges created by throngs of tourists visiting this beautiful medieval city.

You can see my photos of Croatia here.

I have watched the PBS NewsHour for many years and appreciate the consistent quality and variety of all it covers and the way the program respects the time of its viewers.

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Intensity

Washington, DC (2019)