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Europe update and other matters - May we be free of torture, may there be peace in hearts and minds
April 30th, 2010
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Europe update and other matters
Quick highlights from our trip to Europe:

* Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore and the local writers' group currently, successfully, meeting there. Each local French bookstore, proudly offering authors in the original French - even the tourist-traps along the Seine sold Toynbee, Sartre and de Tocqueville.

* Evening concert at St. Martin in the Fields of Baroque favorites, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Pachelbel's Canon. The extremely lifelike statue of an infant outside to symbolize the Incarnation.

* Les Miserables...and then touring Victor Hugo's home afterwards.

* Haworth, and losing sight of the official literary highlights trail, and wandering Wuthering Heights (the actual name of the region!) to find black-heather hills with a view of a reservoir and sheep pasture. Probably more what Heathcliff and Cathy would have done, going off trail ;)

* The Paris Opera House and Notre Dame tours...how Notre Dame took 200+ years to build, when lifespans were maybe 50-60 at most. The Lady and Unicorn tapestries in the Cluny museum.

* People on the plane and trains with all types of interesting nonprofit and educational backgrounds. The Mouftard neighborhood and its farmers' market...and the little vignettes about Oscar Wilde and Hemingway.

More updates and photos coming soon...also, this article from care2.com defending the usefulness of online petitions, http://www.care2.com/causes/trailblazers/blog/slacktivism-why-snopes-got-it-wrong-about-internet-petitions/ posted for everyone here to discuss!

Also, if you'd like to further the mission of Synchronized Chaos Magazine, we're asking people to consider supporting (donating OR publicizing/volunteering) these two international organizations we've endorsed for some time, working with Ugandans and Sudanese to further art and culture and literacy/education: http://synchchaos.com/?p=1959

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