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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. . .

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"

STATESIDE STORIES: Possible Statehood for Washington, D.C

STATESIDE STORIES: Possible Statehood for Washington, D.C »

28 Apr, 2021
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Last week the House of Representatives approved a measure, by a margin of 216 to 208, to make the capital city of Washington, D.C. the 51st State of the United States. The bill will now go to the Senate where it is doomed to failure, according to the experts, despite the fact that 54% of Americans support statehood for the District of Columbia.

WORLD BOOK DAY: BLAME IT ON DON QUIXOTE (& SHAKESPEARE)

WORLD BOOK DAY: BLAME IT ON DON QUIXOTE (& SHAKESPEARE) »

25 Apr, 2021
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Spain was the springboard for World Book Day, at the initiative of Vicente Clavel Andrés who proposed designating a Spanish Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world’s first modern novel, Don Quixote de La Mancha. It took decades but in the end UNESCO took up the gauntlet.

BOOK BUFF VICENTE CLAVEL, FATHER OF WORLD BOOK DAY

BOOK BUFF VICENTE CLAVEL, FATHER OF WORLD BOOK DAY »

25 Apr, 2021
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Vicente Clavel proposed the designation of the 7th of October as Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes of the DON QUIXOTE fame on his birth anniversary. As a result, in February 1926 King Alfonso XIII signed the Royal Decree for the purpose. Decades later, UNESCO waded in and moved Book Day (World Book and Copyright Day) to 23 April, both Cervantes and Shakespeare's death anniversary. But the original idea behind Clavel's Book Day remains.

“I’M IMMUNE!”

“I’M IMMUNE!” »

21 Apr, 2021
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The Spanish Government is feeling particularly satisfied these days. There are now more Covid-immunized Spaniards than the reported cases of coronavirus-infection since the pandemic broke out. NB: It typically takes two weeks after full vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the coronavirus. Even then, you should keep taking precautions in public places or when you are with unvaccinated people from more than one household.

STATESIDE STORIES: Infrastructure Plan Proposed by Biden

STATESIDE STORIES: Infrastructure Plan Proposed by Biden »

17 Apr, 2021
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U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a $2 trillion dollar infrastructure upgrade plan for the US to ameliorate its ranking 15th in the world for infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and more

Stateside Stories: A Press Conference for the People

Stateside Stories: A Press Conference for the People »

2 Apr, 2021
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In his first formal news conference in 65 days of his new Administration, President Joe Biden tackled immigration, Covid-19, the Congressional filibuster, the China threat, and the war in Afghanistan. . .He said he expects to run for re-election with Kamala Harris as his running mate in 2024.

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!

22 FEBRUARY 2021: 500,071 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

22 FEBRUARY 2021: 500,071 American Lives Lost to COVID-19 »

23 Feb, 2021
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Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth. But this nation will smile again. This nation will know sunny days again. This nation will know joy again. And as we do, we will remember each person we’ve lost, the lives they lived, the loved ones they left behind.