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Mar.29.2014
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On August 8, 1783, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, annexed Crimea into the Russian Empire, "from now until the end of time." On February 19, 1954, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet...
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Mar.18.2014
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I was born in 1949, the final child for a blue collar family. In the late fall, after the senses had been set ablaze by the vivid red, gold, orange, and yellow leaves festooning the trees, the world turned drab. Dead leaves, grass, vines, and field crops browned as their vitality slipped away. Golf...
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Jan.27.2014
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Romantic fairy tales always end with, "And they lived happily thereafter." These yarns terminate this way for a simple reason: when a man and a woman fall in love, the story is over. Consequently, all of our love stories are about finding love and losing love. Being in love, it seems, does not a...
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Dec.26.2013
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There was a time when the New Year celebration was only about calendars. As the clock approached midnight—there was no dropping ball in those days—you had the irresistible urge to hold on to the current year. You wanted to resist the inexorable wave of time washing away forever something that had...
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Dec.17.2013
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Christmas is a most solemn holiday because it honors the preciousness of the human spirit and the limited time that humans can partake of that spirit. Christmas is a most joyous holiday because it expresses the emergence of the human spirit from the brutality of wild existence. Christmas was a...
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Dec.02.2013
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I remember a sparkling time that used to exist in American society when I was a boy but disappeared when I went to war. This time of spirit began about two weeks after Thanksgiving. A holly wreath would suddenly appear on the aluminum-foil-covered front door of a neighbor’s house. The mailman would...
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Nov.14.2013
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Fate has compelled me to register with multiple online dating sites. I have four ex-wives and was recently abandoned by my Alaskan girlfriend. Since I am retired, am not a member of any group, and am a writer and folk artist, I am alone most of the time. My normal life gives me no opportunity to...
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Nov.01.2013
I remember a delicious time of the year that existed when I was a boy but vanished from American society while I was at war. That special time began when crook-toothed Jack-o-lanterns were removed from doorsteps and the woods and fields assumed the yellow-orange color of the vanquished pumpkins....
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Oct.07.2013
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I remember a time when no one thought of Halloween until at least a week after Columbus Day. As the Pinta, Nina and the Santa Maria vanished from classroom walls, the orange, black and yellow construction paper rose to the top of the stack in the teacher's closet. Bulletin boards in the school...
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Sep.13.2013
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Romantic fairy tales always end with, "And they lived happily thereafter." These yarns terminate this way for a simple reason: when a man and a woman fall in love, the story is over. Consequently, all of our love stories are about finding love and losing love. Being in love, it seems, does not a...
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Sep.01.2013
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My kitchen has always been the center of , and reflective of, my emotional life. In my first marriage, because we lived in an apartment, the kitchen was tiny and cramped. On the narrow stove, I cast lead balls to shoot in my muskets. A lead spatter on the wall by the stove testifies to the result...
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Aug.29.2013
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From just after the turn of the 20th century until just after the middle of that century, the motivational driver for American marketing messages was based on the public's desire to feel modern. The patent selling messages were about convenience and saving time and being new but the psychological...
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Aug.28.2013
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I remember a time when summer was so loved in American culture that it was not ruled by The All Mighty School Year. The start of summer was simple: as soon as it was still light after supper, it was summer because you could be excused from the table to go outside and play. Summer ended the week...
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Aug.26.2013
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  The National Security Agency has not only admitted to conducting illegal spying operations against Americans, the NSA has made it clear that, not only will it not stop these unconstitutional actions, but that there is nothing the government can do to halt them. It is virtually true that,...
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Aug.22.2013
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For several weeks, advertisers have relentlessly bombarded the airways with "Back To School" commercials. Only two messages are embedded in these sleazy assaults on education: YOUR KIDS MUST HAVE POPULAR BRANDS OR THEY WILL NOT BE POPULAR and BUY MORE OF OUR STUFF THAN YOU NEED SO YOU CAN FEEL GOOD...
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