Author: Susan Scharfman

Romance Among the Ruins: A Memoir

As I look back on my generation, the past has a clarity I can no longer see or hear in the present… it was the best intentions in the worst of times… From the 20th century’s graceful ocean liners to the flashy behemoths of today, what happened to the romance of ships? From Pan American’s ‘Round The World Flight 101 to the flying sardine cans of today, what happened to the romance of flight? When the realism of motion picture film dissolved into soulless digital, whatever happened to the romance of cinema-the great Italian directors, the idyllic Merchant-Ivory productions?...

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Island in the Sun: The Other Palm Beach

In the famous misquote, F. Scott Fitzgerald says: “The rich are different from you and me.” Ernest Hemingway replies: “Yes. They have more money.” The sedate island of Palm Beach thumbs its Worth Avenue nose at Miami’s flamboyant South Beach. Winter elite never carry cash and party on yachts the size of RMS Queen Mary 2. Best-selling author James Patterson lives here thanks to the boatload of fans that buy his books. Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club is sanctuary to pampered billionaires. We can pass all this material wealth on US Highway 95 and never know it’s there. So why...

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Artists, Heroes, and Running on Empty [Guest Essay]

“As far as the search for truth is concerned, 98% of our thinking is rubbish. The remaining 2% is garbage. Throw it all out and be empty!” -Advaita Master Sri Mooji The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway begins with this famous epigraph: “Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.” Is it a foreshadowing of the last days and untimely death in Africa of the protagonist-a failed writer who, like the leopard, never reaches his pinnacle? Or, did the...

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