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Apr.22.2013
I was asked a rhetorical question recently while visiting a photography exhibit how I would like to be represented in a portrait, which got me thinking as I envisioned Pinkie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkie_%28Lawrence_painting%29  by Thomas Lawrence and The Blue Boy http://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Apr.03.2013
In my view, "back to nature" means respecting the rhythm of nature and appreciating what nature has to offer.  Personally, I try to avoid out-of-season fruits and vegetables http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-388149/Fooled-fruit-thats-seas...   and manufactured products made of...
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Apr.02.2013
My blog from March 22nd  http://redroom.com/member/kim-packard/blog/world-poetry-day-national-poe... mentions that April is National Poetry Month. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/47 I'm surprised that there is very little visible activity from the National Poet Laureate for this special...
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Apr.02.2013
Today is International Children's Book Day http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=269 so I've made two of my e-books available for free through the Kindle Select Program for the day (until midnight Pacific Standard Time.) http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-author=Uguisse%20Packard&page=1&...
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Mar.31.2013
A good film to watch during Easter may be Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev  http://mubi.com/films/andrei-rublev for the obvious reason that it pursues the themes of sacral dimensions in art, the artist's relationship to religion and his/her role in sublimating human suffering, contributing towards...
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Mar.29.2013
Bermuda, the islands in the Atlantic Ocean known for Easter lilies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilium_longiflorum and the oldest continuously inhabited English town  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George%27s,_Bermuda in the New World,  sounds like a good place to be on Good Friday....
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Mar.28.2013
About fifteen years ago, I attended a free basic Hebrew class taught by an elderly Ashkenazi cantor at a conservative synagogue. The course objective was to teach adults how to recognize Hebrew letters and my personal goal was to learn to identify the letters and pick up some basic vocabulary in...
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Mar.27.2013
As a child who was regularly exposed to both western and Asian foods, I was never afraid to taste something new and different and, by the time I was a teenager, my parents had introduced me to a wide range of authentic national and regional cuisines of the world such as the classical French,...
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Mar.27.2013
How is keeping kosher during the Passover week different from simply keeping kosher the rest of the year? 1) The rabbis make up a list to clearly indicate what is allowed and what is not allowed for Passover each year because industrially processed products contain additives which may have changed...
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Mar.22.2013
Yesterday was World Poetry Day, declared in 1999 by UNESCO and celebrated since the year 2000.  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-courier/in-focus/poetry-in-the-unesc... Next month April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. and in Canada. October seems to be the month traditionally...
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Mar.20.2013
I like traditional Irish fiddle tunes accompanied by bodhrán http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhr%C3%A1n , mandolin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandolin , and guitar. I also like the ancient wire-strung harp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cl%C3%A0rsach  and the sound of uilleann pipes http://en....
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Mar.14.2013
With Saint Patrick's Day approaching, I recently watched Shergar, a TV film loosely based on the 1983 kidnapping of an exceptional Irish Thoroughbred racehorse.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shergar  I was naturally intrigued by the circumstances of the event that inspired the filmmaker's...
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Mar.08.2013
After attending the screening of Anand Patwardhan's documentary film http://www.patwardhan.com/films/Jai%20Bhim%20Comrade.htm  I am sadly reminded of an eye-opening book I read as a teenager about Japan's burakumin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burakumin and how social reality continues to be...
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Mar.05.2013
There's never enough time to do everything we want to do, I guess, but it's good if we can stay busy working during economically challenging times and still have some energy left over to do something interesting. Night before last, I was watching a documentary film http://mubi.com/films/...
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Mar.05.2013
When I think of academic publishing, Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Harvard UP, Princeton UP, Yale UP and Stanford UP come immediately to my mind. However, there are many other university presses with over 130 members in the Assocication of American University Press. http://www.aaupnet.org/aaup-members/...
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