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Thank you Mark Dapin for “Carpe Diem” (Au­gust 2-3). Read­ing your ar­ti­cles can be like having an itchy haem­or­rhoid; one can’t ig­nore it.

I was re­minded of a visit to my par­ents over­seas years ago. Af­ter din­ner one night, mum called out to me to stay and fin­ish off the bot­tle of McLaren Vale red I’d brought.

I dreaded it, not be­cause the rest of the fam­ily had im­me­di­ately run out the door to get ice cream, but mum can out­match a buzzing mos­quito.

As she sipped her drink, she told me a fas­ci­nat­ing story about my late grand­mother. Af­ter two hours, I was cap­ti­vated by her de­tailed fam­ily his­tory. I told my­self that I would write it down; but years went by and the op­por­tu­nity was never seized.

So thanks for the ar­ti­cle, I will grab a bot­tle of fine red, book my­self on a flight, and Carpe Diem. En Lim Pasadena

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