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Christmas Village!

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December 6, 2010

Follow The Christmas Village! In 1987, Kate and I celebrated our first Christmas together.  We had very little to start our life with, and I remember taking the bus all over Long Beach, California, stopping at every second hand store I could find, to purchase Christmas decorations for our tree.  I...
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Action

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October 21, 2010
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Follow History Will Judge Us For Our Silence  Update On Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani In the terrible years of the Yezhov terror, I spent seventeen months waiting in line outside the prison in Leningrad.      One day somebody in the crowd identified me.  Standing behind me was a woman, with lips blue...
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Visit National Parks For Free!

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October 2, 2010

Follow I hope you were able to take advantage of the Smithsonian sponsored Free Museum Day.  We went to St. Augustine, touring the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum http://staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/spanish_quarter.cfm.  While there, we also toured the Castillo de San Marcos, http://www.nps.gov/casa/ while not part of the Smithsonian program, rather the National Parks system,...
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Action Update

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August 1, 2010
Action Update

Follow “Iran is routinely criticized for its human rights record and continues to lead the world in executing juvenile offenders. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, the state has executed 19 people in the last month alone, and amputated the hands of five prisoners.” http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/07/iran-wife-and-brotherinlaw-of-human-rights-lawyer-held-hostage-by-authorities.html There have been two...
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Music and Musings

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July 15, 2010
Music and Musings

Follow       “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.  To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.”   ~ Oscar Wilde ~   My Two Secrets I have two secrets.  One is that I love country music.  I do not know where this came from, since...
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July 8, 2010

Follow Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianior One of my first friends in colleges was a woman from Iran.  She was a few years ahead of me, and lived in my dorm.  I do not know why we became friends, but we did.  She looked exotic, but not because she was Iranian, rather because...
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Oil

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July 6, 2010
Oil

Follow 78 Days Later One of Florida’s perks is that you really can swim year around, as the water is almost always warm; and in general Floridians love the beach.  We live on a peninsula, surrounded by a truly breathtaking vista of sea and sand.  Having lived in California and Hawaii,...
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Archived Post

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June 26, 2010
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Follow     “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all:  the conscientious historian will correct these defects.”   ~ Herodotus ~ (The Father of History)   “A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.”   ...
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Travel

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June 23, 2010

Follow         Museums!               One of my fondest childhood memories involves a trip to a museum in Ohio.  I believe it was the Ohio History Museum, but cannot be sure. http://www.ohiohistory.org/ Nevertheless, what I most remember about that day is that I was able to make butter! ...
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Oil

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June 9, 2010

Follow   “When asked why BP did not have containment systems on standby in case of a leak, BP spokesman Robert Wine said there was no reason to think an accident on this scale was likely.” “It’s unprecedented,” he said. “That’s why these caps weren’t there before.” http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/09/bp-changes-oil-containment-time-prediction/             Fifty-one days...
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