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Free Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey

No doubt you heard of Turkey on Wednesday taking into custody over 1,000 people in 72 provinces and suspending 9,103 police who may have ties with the failed coup last July. Since nine months ago, a total of 40,000 people have been arrested, along with the firing or suspending of another 120,000 from professions ranging…

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Spring Break Packing Marathon

Because our family lives in a couple of locales on a weekly basis, we know how to pack. I generally review with the children what the upcoming temperatures will be, along with any specific events or obligations coming our way. That way, everyone’s clear on what clothes to have on hand. Sometimes. Because occasionally items…

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Monday Mottoes – #187

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. At a set time, air raid sirens sound throughout the country and all comes to a stop. People get out of their cars, in the center of cities, in the center of highways, buses stop, pedestrians pause. Everyone stands in silence, remembering those who perished during the Nazi…

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Monday Mottoes – #186

Spring cleaning, spring planting, longer days of more sunshine. There’s something about this time of year that gives the suggestion of a fresh start and letting go of the old. Personally, I like to hold onto the old. It’s comforting, lol. I have a good bit of change in my life on a daily basis,…

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Life Without Boundaries or Standards….

As never before, many cultures and societies have lost their sense of boundaries. We all know of the opposite side of the spectrum — so many boundaries that it seems incomprehensible to those who have never experienced: the total shrouding of women from head to toe lest one square centimeter of skin be exposed, men…

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Monday Mottoes – #185

It was Palm Sunday and I had not checked my e-mails. I mean, one day— not even one day— a few hours of a break in life was too much to ask? By early afternoon, we were traveling again and I caught a glimpse of two communiques from my attorney in another country: “Please call…

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Human Trafficking with a Twist

My husband and I sat in the human trafficking meeting, a mini-conference of sorts for community leaders banding together to prevent and/or prosecute incidents in our area as the summer months and J1 visa student workers descend. Russians, Filipinos, Ukrainians had often made contact with us in summers past — their passports unlawfully held, accommodated…

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Should Leggings Be Legal?

I read a very insightful opinion piece on the latest controversy fanning Twitter flames: the denying of boarding to three United Airline passengers from Denver to Minneapolis, attempting to fly on “company benefit travel” which apparently has a dress code. The two adults and one child, or two girls, a 10-year-old, or two teen girls,…

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Co-Opting Nazi Germany?

The other day, the actor Tim Allen made a comment about what it was like to be a conservative in liberal-leaning Hollywood. He likened it to being in Germany in the ‘30s: The Last Man Standing actor said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday: “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get…

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Monday Mottoes – #182

Our family hails from Italian and Russian backgrounds, Benedetto from the former, myself and the kids from the latter. We are not Russian Orthodox, however, the week of Mas’lenitsa, which was recently celebrated, is not worth missing. Depending on your frame of mind, it can be a pagan custom celebrating the arrival of spring with…