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A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “St. Valentine: Love & Death,” by H. August Debelius, 18 February 1966

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “St. Valentine: Love & Death,” by H. August Debelius, 18 February 1966 »

3 Feb, 2023
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St Valentine, the Love saint, is buried on the warm and romantic southern coast of Spain. Or so the librarian of the Cathedral of Almería claims. Moreover, long before St. Valentine´s body came to the sunny Spanish shores, Spain was the scene of one of the most passionate love affairs in history, that of "The Lovers of Teruel". Not that there's much solid evidence to support the legend. But the popularity of the medieval romantic tale just keeps on growing anyway.

INSPIRATIONAL: FIND THE THING THAT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS 

INSPIRATIONAL: FIND THE THING THAT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS  »

26 Jan, 2023
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Find the thing that lifts your spirits. . . Do something new. . .Go and sit in a church or synagogue. . . Speak with the priest or rabbi or minister. Maybe a total stranger. Let them lighten your load. . .

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “When Mao Flu  Hit the Office,” 13 February 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “When Mao Flu Hit the Office,” 13 February 1970 »

18 Jan, 2023
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Every year those little germs that travel across the Asian and European continents from the east seem to take a stronger hold. During this last epidemic homes and businesses were very severely affected and in one office 40% of the bilingual secretaries were sick, including the telex and switchboard operators. After several years’ experience in Madrid as a top executive secretary, Yvonne Monroe decided to fill one of Madrid´s gaps—the temporary secretarial agency, and three years ago StenoServices was born. London, New York and Paris have been served by these bureaux for a long time now, but in the Spanish capital this was a new venture.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The  Kings and I,” 2 January 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Kings and I,” 2 January 1970 »

5 Jan, 2023
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"Once a year, I get my shoes neatly polished on the eve of the Feast of the Three Kings. According to the ancient and charming Spanish custom, on the night of January 5th, the three Kings pause by my apartment building, squeeze their camels into the elevator. But this year, frankincensuously, I'm not sure that the Kings are going to come my way. I'd guess that the cost of supporting a camelcade would run high. My most reliable source, the year-old son of my portero, assures me, though, that despite all the difficulties, the Kings will arrive in Madrid this year."

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder »

5 Jan, 2023
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Three Kings • Energy Independence • Migrants • Bail Reform •  Green Agenda • Ukraine • China • US Presidential Election • Blizzard

FROM UKRAINE WITH LOVE

FROM UKRAINE WITH LOVE »

23 Dec, 2022
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"When I was in Bakhmut yesterday, our heroes gave me the battle flag. The flag of those who defend Ukraine, Europe and the world at the cost of their lives. They asked me to bring this flag to the US Congress. May God protect our brave troops and citizens! May God forever bless the United States of America! Слава Україні!"

A SECOND OPINION: Time for a Jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A SECOND OPINION: Time for a Jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year! »

20 Dec, 2022
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Maybe, just maybe, 2023 will be a better year for all of us. We can do our best and hope in the future. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Wholesome New Year!

LEG OF LAMP?

LEG OF LAMP? »

20 Dec, 2022
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In the 1970s,  Alpedrete, Madrid, was famous for its Fiestas Navideñas. Village elders rode into the village on horseback dressed as The Three Kings in full regalia. Fast forward to 2022, the era of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and what do we have in Northport, Long Island? A leg lamp lighting ceremony! Northport village elders feel that anybody can light a tree, or ride into town on horseback, but you have to have a certain, uh , ‘special outlook’ on life to light a lamp shaped like a leg!

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Is Season of Good Cheer,” 2 January 1970

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Is Season of Good Cheer,” 2 January 1970 »

13 Dec, 2022
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T’was the night before Christmas up here in the town and all of Terreno is drinking them down! Let´s get out of here ´fore the D.T’s attack us! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight!”   

A MATTER OF ATTITUDE

A MATTER OF ATTITUDE »

8 Dec, 2022
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Happiness is all in the way you look at things!