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YOU TUBE TREASURES FALL-HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

YOU TUBE TREASURES FALL-HALLOWEEN SPECIAL »

21 Oct, 2021
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Halloween is just about the most liberating holiday there is.  No presents to buy or give, no relatives to invite, no lavish meals to prepare. On this day and night, we get to banish the immemorial fears of humanity of witches, werewolves and things that go bump in the night by enjoying a day of festivity, laughter and above all creativity to dismiss the darkness and ignorance of ages gone past.

STATESIDE STORIES: AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY THAT MAKES MIGRANTS SUFFER

STATESIDE STORIES: AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY THAT MAKES MIGRANTS SUFFER »

1 Oct, 2021
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Almost 220,000 migrants have been apprehended at the US southern border from July 2021. Biden reversed Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy and ended the construction of a border wall. Yet he says that the border is not open. Tell that to the thousands of migrants who collect at the border waiting for their chance to enter the US come what may. There has to be a better way.

STATESIDE STORIES: Biden’s Approval Rating Down after Afghanistan Exit

STATESIDE STORIES: Biden’s Approval Rating Down after Afghanistan Exit »

7 Sep, 2021
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Amid the violence and chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden’s approval rating plummeted to just 43%, the lowest rating since he has taken office. 61% disapprove of his handling of the withdrawal

A Second Opinion: Getting Back Online

A Second Opinion: Getting Back Online »

27 Aug, 2021
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Settling down in Pendleton: Computer paraphernalia to hook up. Books to donate. Mail to return. Furniture to arrange. Mexican restaurants, steakhouses, fast-food places to eat out at. Million-dollar sunsets to watch. Work to get back to. All in all, we are pleased with the move.

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: BRIDGES

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: BRIDGES »

28 Jun, 2021
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Standing on the new bridge, on the Camino, I looked down. Below me was an old Roman bridge. A past life. The river alive with movement and memories. And to my surprise, my shadow was down there also. I was at the beginning of a new life, looking back to see where I had been, also looking forward to the future wondering what might be.

A SECOND OPINION: MOVING Part II

A SECOND OPINION: MOVING Part II »

12 Jun, 2021
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We have lived so long in comfort and in peace in this old house that I don’t understand his need to leave. I have been a very fortunate person and I am very grateful for what I have been given in life. Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t complain anymore.

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: Some Enchanted Evening

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: Some Enchanted Evening »

1 Jun, 2021
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The night was magical. Simply perfect. Full moon. He bows and indicates the dance floor is our destination, pausing for just a moment before the orchestra begins to play. Twirling and spinning in the arms of a gentleman, I wish this special night never to end. . .

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY:  The Visitor

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: The Visitor »

17 May, 2021
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This old grey-haired gentleman keeps me guessing. The nights I expect him, I worry when he will show up, and he never does. The nights I think he won’t bother to come, he surprises me. Sometimes he simply crawls into my bed and I awaken to find him there. Softly sleeping next to me.

A SCOND OPINION: Moving Out, Moving On

A SCOND OPINION: Moving Out, Moving On »

13 May, 2021
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"He says it’s going to be 'an exciting new world' for us, but I am sentimental and stuck on the familiar stairs I climb to my office and the tiny kitchen in which I cook. They say 'home is where the heart is' and my heart has been here for a long, long time"

A SECOND OPINION: FATHER’S DAY

A SECOND OPINION: FATHER’S DAY »

19 Mar, 2021
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Fathers have a hard time of it, expected to be all things to everyone in the family; expected to be both strong and gentle at the same time. To be a father can take a man by surprise. It can elevate his life or, in some men's opinions, ruin it. The thing to remember about fathers is that they gave you more than you can ever give back to them, especially your genes and peculiarities!