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September 24, 2009

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           Cities are like people--they want to share their secrets. Take Brno, for example.  
 The facade might be hard and impersonal, but if the passage opens it leads to an inner garden. 
   And even when fences divide, the barriers are improvised. (It helps, of course, to be on the inside.) 
     Jakub is the son of my friend and business partner. (A guest bed makes it easy to romanticize.) 
         The Czech students we met were grateful to live in such a poor neighborhood. So interesting
     they said, as the Roma bore their struggle, leaning out of windows with smiles for each other.