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Schapiro’s wordsmithing skills on display from abroad

WordsmithBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Earlier this week I sat snugged in my sweater at mid-day with the cool Shenandoah Valley breezes wafting through the open door, reading Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter Jeff Schapiro’s latest column about his trip to Italy with wife Clare. Clare, by the way, is an accomplished cook and their vacation was for a week-long culinary class. Last year I wrote about her wonderfully delicious Christmas cookies that we added to our annual holiday baking list (see Holiday season brings new cookie recipes and Toffee bars for Christmas).

About halfway through Schapiro’s column (see Flying high above the McDonnell aftershocks), I realized his wordsmithing skills were on full-blown display when I read this sentence describing the journey toward their European destination: “Our hotel in Lecce, opposite a soaring basilica adorned with comic and confounding gargoyles, was a cushy oasis with intermittent Internet service.”

Holy moly.

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