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Appreciating Mark Twain

July 20, 2015

Yesterday I visited the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford with a new friend from out of town. I hadn’t been there for years, and am so glad we took the time to do it. Our guide shared a wealth of amusing stories, as well as lesser-known tidbits about his final years of depression following the death of his beloved wife and two of his children, and the abandonment of a third.

I may have shared this quote from The Innocents Abroad before, but it’s worth repeating: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on those accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

A memento to cherish:

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