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What’s the Point of Traveling?

When I was in high-school, me and my colleagues had to write, as a homework for English class,  a short essay on the importance of traveling. I don’t exactly remember what my teacher thought of my homework or even what grade I got, but one of the few things I remember about that day is that more than 90% of my colleagues, including myself, used as an ending line, the following words: ‘Traveling broadens our horizons’. It sounded really smart at that time.

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Hemingway on Writing

For the last couple of days I read one of the books that spoke to me most. That book was ‘Ernest Hemingway on Writing’ an anthology of letters, interviews, etc gathered by Larry W. Phillips. I previously read Anne Lamott popular advice for writers little book and I wasn’t very impressed. Don’t get me wrong, Anne Lamott offers some valuable tips to all of us, rookie writers, but her style wasn’t for me. Moreover, I tried to read one of her novels and while the main guidelines were respected, the book did not appeal to me.

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Je suis désolé, Paris

I am outraged, angry, and sad. Last night more than 100 people were killed in Paris after many bombs exploded and people were taken hostages at a concert hall. While I don’t know much about terrorism, I really don’t think that Jesus, Muhammad or Allah wants his children to kill their neighbors. I refuse to think there is such a god that wants murder, blood and sadness. 

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