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Russian Rumblings & Mumblings at Pravda

The Russian joke used to go that “There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and there is no Izvestiya in Pravda,” naming two Russian newspapers and translated, “There is no truth in the news and there is no news in the truth.” Today’s version of Pravda pretty much confirms that. Not that the news is purely…

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Monday Mottoes – #89

Mother’s Day has come and gone. The fact that I spent much of it in a tropical storm, for a few hours with my loving family and then whoosh! they were off! made it interesting to say the least. You can’t argue with peace and quiet. I couldn’t argue with a dozen dark pink roses,…

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Mother’s Day Gifts

I have to laugh. I’m not sure that I fit any motherly gift-giving profile: the Geek Mom, the Crafty Mom, the Gourmet Mom, the Musical Mom, the New Mom, the Grand-Mom. I don’t need chocolates nor alcohol, jewelry is always nice, but it was just my birthday. Statistically, women say that they want a meal…

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May Day

Today is my birthday so I painted my toenails, kissed the dogs, and ate some frosting. Life doesn’t get much better than that. If I said I flew to an exotic foreign destination with a dozen of my closest friends, you would become jealous. So I won’t say that. Instead, I will drink seltzer water…

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Monday Mottoes – #87

Later this week, it will be my birthday. A rather natural occurrence, I consider the alternative and am grateful. While I may look slightly different as the years pass by, I truly feel “myself”. Also, I believe that I have all of my faculties, although some might argue the fact…. Which brings us to today’s…

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ISIS’ Financial Crisis

From the beginning, it was clear that terrorists make terrible financiers. Good at death and destruction, pillaging, raping, and hostage-taking, ISIS didn’t peer far enough into the future to consider that they would need to subsidize their systematic horror. (As a matter of fact, they didn’t have the foresight to consider branding, since they changed…

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Monday Mottoes – #84

The longer I live, the more important it becomes to keep things simple. I am used to holding multiple meetings and appointments semi-simultaneously, burning the candle at both ends while burning the midnight oil and multi-tasking in 101 ways. It’s nuts. I maintain calendars that are like transparencies, where layer after layer may be added,…

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Was There Really an Exodus?

All sorts of new theories abound claiming that there is no evidence of a Biblical Exodus where the Israelites were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years and then came out, led by Moses, heading for their ancestral home, Israel. You know, the story made popular by Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 “The Ten Commandments” movie…

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Passover Drama

The first Passover included tons of drama as the people of Israel exited the slavery of Egypt under the strong hand of the Lord. So traumatized was the Pharaoh of the time that history records him as leaving his usual war campaigns and keeping a low profile for many years thereafter. It’s no different today….

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Do You Believe?

As Passover and Easter approach, it seems like a rather legitimate question: do you believe? And thus, Pure Flix has unveiled its latest movie offering on the big screen of theaters near you, entitled, Do You Believe? For those not in the know or flow, it’s a Christian movie (the big cross in all of…

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