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INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURES IN SPAIN by CATHERINE PETIT, A THRILLING FIVE-PART SERIES

INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURES IN SPAIN by CATHERINE PETIT, A THRILLING FIVE-PART SERIES »

17 Mar, 2019
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Life with my husband was an exciting time. We traveled by car, many times across the states and into Canada. We worked, and enjoyed life. Then one day, unexpectedly, my husband of almost 36 years died – and I was lost.Thank goodness for my brother John who guided me back to the land of the living. I booked a tour of a country I wanted to see: Spain, a place where I did not speak the language. I loved exploring all of the country and when I left that first time, I knew I would return, and I did.

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES »

17 Mar, 2019
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The Purloined Suitcase: "Where, oh where was my dark blue suitcase with the large bright pink bow???" <> The Sneeze and the March: "There were many protesters marching on the street below. After they were gone, no trash at all to be found. All of those people and no trash left behind. Amazing!" <> . . .The Bank: "The machine ate my card!" <> Chocolatería: "Best hot chocolate ever!"

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “TAKING TERESA TO BUDAPEST,” 16 OCTOBER 1987

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “TAKING TERESA TO BUDAPEST,” 16 OCTOBER 1987 »

16 Mar, 2019
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My daughter Teresa who is nearly nine has suffered from severe cerebral palsy since birth. In 1986 I saw three or four programmes on television about the Peto Institute in Budapest. And there we went at the end of June. Although Teresa is only supposed to be affected physically, the first assessment classed her as ‘severely mentally handicapped’. I have no guarantee that the Peto method is the best the world can offer but studying their theories it seems to be a fairly logical type of treatment for a child like mine. But perhaps Teresa’s saving grace is her great sense of humour and her large brown eyes that try to make up for her difficulty in communicating. Her brother and sister spend some time fighting together but they also look after Teresa wonderfully, in an extremely unselfish way, and they try to make sure I do the same – they certainly let me know if I don’t.

A SECOND OPINION: SPRING CLEANING!

A SECOND OPINION: SPRING CLEANING! »

16 Mar, 2019
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Spring cleaning, a project that seems never-ending. However, since winter has yet to quite end, and you have to spend time indoors anyway, it seems to be a good time to take advantage of it and putter around the house. While Spring is just around the corner, and flakes of snow fall in March, the rhythm of the passing traffic can still be heard and seen out the windows, which need attention too! But I can see the buds on the Rhododendrons right out front, and my tire tred in the muddy grass alongside the driveway where I missed backing up the car! OH, THE GARDENING THAT AWAITS!

BLACK PEARLS (PART II): BASED ON THE TRUE-TO-LIFE NOVEL BY AUTHOR NINA VALDES

BLACK PEARLS (PART II): BASED ON THE TRUE-TO-LIFE NOVEL BY AUTHOR NINA VALDES »

2 Mar, 2019
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"On May 21, 1971, an entirely benign evening in my life, I slept with a beautiful woman not knowing that the intense connection we made would inextricably link our lives and very souls for decades to come.  I´m not one to believe in the psychobabble that people sometimes spout, but I´m willing to swear that this one sexual encounter, unlike any other I´d experienced, caused our spirits to collide, our molecular structures to merge and the core of our joint DNA to morph into a single cell." Later, the "black pearls" will come into the saga

A Second Opinion: US Tax Deadline: April 15–Simple? No Way!

A Second Opinion: US Tax Deadline: April 15–Simple? No Way! »

1 Mar, 2019
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Tax Day march

 

By Mary Foran

Well, we have to face it—not all of us have filed our

A Second Opinion: Remembering “La Movida Madrilena”!

A Second Opinion: Remembering “La Movida Madrilena”! »

22 Feb, 2019
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I don't know who first coined the phrase "La Movida Madrilena" but I know from my own experience that it was a real phenomenon in the city of Madrid. If the young are allowed to have their own voice, they will create new cultural phenomenons continuously.

SPAIN IS HEADED FOR AN ACRIMONIOUS SNAP ELECTION. CLASHES!

SPAIN IS HEADED FOR AN ACRIMONIOUS SNAP ELECTION. CLASHES! »

18 Feb, 2019
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Following the rejection by the Parliament of the national budget for 2019 proposed by the socialiat government of Pedro Sanchez, the President called snap election on 28 April. Hot on the campaign trail already, the leftist parties inisist on "dialogue" with separatist Catalonia as the only "commonsensical" solution to the escalating Catalan secessionism while the conservatives vow to "defend Spain from its enemies" by implementing indefinitely the harsh Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. On another plane, the left vows to recover the debilitated welfare state system while the right seeks to implement a liberal economic model.

A SECOND OPINION: “The Wife” Wins Top Awards!

A SECOND OPINION: “The Wife” Wins Top Awards! »

15 Feb, 2019
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"The Wife"'s premise is quite relevant to our world today in which women are caught in traditional roles while reaching to shine with their own light. (Taking a back seat has been the way most women have dealt with the male hierarchy over the year.) It is not strictly a feminist film, but rather a tender study in the reality of women’s lives still today. Recommended viewing.

THE BLACK PEARLS (Part I): Based on the True-to-Life Upcoming Novel by Author Nina Valdes

THE BLACK PEARLS (Part I): Based on the True-to-Life Upcoming Novel by Author Nina Valdes »

13 Feb, 2019
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A story that's stranger than mere fiction. Read on!