I am clearly having a motivation problem in this end-of-summer season. I intend to stop posting for a week or so at the end of August. For now, it's a post every third day. I need to recharge what few batteries I have left. I will certainly post if anything momentous occurs. But August is not usually the time for such undertakings. In the meanwhile, send comments and e-mails, and thanks to all for your continued interest. Below, a painting by one of my favorite 20th century French artists, Jean Hugo, great-grandson of Victor, showing the "joueurs de boules" (petanque, or bocce, players).