My Aliyah

Judaism is a fixed part of my life, although I’ve never emphasized it. I have used it to focus on other things—that is until the shootings at the synagogue in Pittsburgh which had an unexpected and negative impact. As a …

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A side trip to Amsterdam

  I’ve taken a side trip to visit some younger friends in Amsterdam.  I know them from the year they spent in New York—Brune, the daughter of friends in Paris, and her boyfriend Frederic, working respectively in solar-panel marketing and …

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Returning to France–the Vink sisters

It is impossible to convey my love for France without writing about the Vink sisters.  Both are now married, with husbands, children and grandchildren, but of course that was not how they were when I met them. Therese was a …

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Looking at France’s cities: Bordeaux

Montpellier, July 22, 2018   From Arcachon, I took the train into Bordeaux. After the importance and elegance of Paris, and the evident, nearly uniform affluence of Arcachon and Pyla, I was initially taken aback.   Of course, Bordeaux is much …

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Money laundering and compliance in Europe

For those of you who do business in Europe, I post the attached article on money laundering and compliance issues as recently addressed by the French government.   The author, Alexandre Marion, is a compliance attorney in Paris, a friend and …

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