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A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980 »

24 Jul, 2020
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A reprint of Eric Beerman’s article in GUIDEPOST on the eve of Ronald Reagan’s induction to the U.S. Presidency in January 1981. The historical event takes Mr Beerman back to the time when George Washington was a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon just after the American Revolution. The general asked for the famed Spanish donkey which he got but only after some protracted exercise in cloak-and-dagger diplomacy.

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall »

21 Jul, 2020
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I say open the schools to learning and be done with it. We just have to go on with our lives.

FINDING DON QUIXOTE

FINDING DON QUIXOTE »

18 Jul, 2020
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I had given up finding my favorite Street Performer Don Quixote. I was afraid he had gone the way of the many other performers, not to be found again. But to my surprise, on one of my last days in Madrid I rounded the corner and there he was. Tall, handsome, and lance in hand, waiting for people to take his picture. I have always loved finding him.

THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD: IT ALL STARTED WITH A “FAKE” $20 BILL

THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD: IT ALL STARTED WITH A “FAKE” $20 BILL »

4 Jun, 2020
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Cup Foods statement: “Four officers showed up to the scene, and they proceeded to escalate the situation with increased use of violence and force. The nephew of the store owner, who was also present at the time, was yelling for the police officers to stop, and was pushed away by one of the cops. Sadly, we all know the rest of the story.”

A Stateside Story: Police Killing Spreads Protests Across America

A Stateside Story: Police Killing Spreads Protests Across America »

3 Jun, 2020
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Vandalism, violence, arson and destruction characterized protests in various US cities, promulgated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Many of the protestors were wearing masks to prevent infection from the Covid-19 virus, but nothing seemed to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent and destructive.

In Barcelona, Hope is Homeless Entrepreneur 

In Barcelona, Hope is Homeless Entrepreneur  »

31 May, 2020
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“We’re turning a tragedy into an opportunity. We’re bringing everyone in… It’s all about helping people grow and redistributing the wealth properly so we can solve the problems that currently exist.”

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: MADRID’S LOVELY PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN AS THE REGION MAKES IT TO PHASE ONE OF THE DESESCALADA

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: MADRID’S LOVELY PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN AS THE REGION MAKES IT TO PHASE ONE OF THE DESESCALADA »

27 May, 2020
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After trying twice, Madrid has finally made it to Phase I of the three-phase easing (desescalada) of Spain’s rigorous COVID-19 lockdown. Three months of almost unrelenting confinement! Then, unbelievably, this Monday, 25 May 2020, Madrid folk are able to savor Spring in their favorite park, the Parque del Buen Retiro. At last! See the Retiro through the eyes of Catherine Petit, Guidepost’s writer from California, who couldn’t love Madrid more if she were a native Madrileña!

A Second Opinion: A Trip to Remember

A Second Opinion: A Trip to Remember »

22 May, 2020
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If we had heeded the admonition to Stay Home and Save Lives we wouldn’t have had such a lovely picnic at the coast. A little bit of freedom goes a long way.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: A Wine Well Worth Trying, 26 January 1990

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: A Wine Well Worth Trying, 26 January 1990 »

21 May, 2020
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The first wine to be drunk in the New World was the very same that came from the Condado vineyards + The Condado wines and how to serve + Elaboration and maturity + The art of tasting + The home cellar how-to.

A Stateside Story: Economic Rebound Coming Soon

A Stateside Story: Economic Rebound Coming Soon »

15 May, 2020
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“As businesses begin to open, you’re going to see the demand side of the economy rebound,” says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnucin. But Kevin Hassett, advisor to Pres. Trump, doesn’t expect a V-shaped recovery. The economic impact of the coronavirus lockdowns have been felt around the world, and the US is no exception.