A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Today I learned that I won the "El-Lotonazo Lottery" held on the 24th of February with ticket # 02-3136, winning # 1-11-18-19-47+03-07 "on the 2nd category." My agent, Don. Felipe Acosta, kindly bought this ticket for me without my knowledge. All I have to do to claim my prize of 742, 185.57 Euros (US$888,248)--minus a commission of 6% to my agent--is to send to Ocaso Global Seguros S.A. my name, address, phone number, email address, bank name, address, account number, routing number, and a copy of my passport by May 31. Otherwise, the unclaimed money will be returned to the "Ministerio de Hacienda."

Almost a million dollars--wow! Too bad I don't believe in gambling. I'm going to let the Ministerio de Hacienda keep the money. But at least I got a pretty cool Spanish stamp out of the deal.