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New Russian Law on Religion

And so the hands on the clock move backward. The Yarovaya Package was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, despite the appeals of religious leaders. These laws attack the religious freedoms of evangelicals and push the Russian Federation back in time to 1929. It was then that Yosef Stalin’s law on religion ushered in…

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Signs of Summer

Personally, I’m in the midst of a number of special projects this summer, similar to mergers and acquisitions, time-consuming and not at all allowing me to move forward in other, vital areas. I barely know that it’s summer, other than my now-becoming-sporadic daily power walk. So today, I am recounting the highlights of summer and…

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Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…

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Monday Mottoes – #149

My husband recently likened raising children to growing a garden. Unless we weed it, feed it and water it, it won’t grow. Same with kids: let them do anything they want and you won’t get much good fruit. That is not a popular view these days, it seems. Walk into any public space— a store,…

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Nice, France: A Declaration of War

In every disagreement, argument or conflict, there comes a time when the balance is tipped. That just happened in Nice, France, with the latest terrorist attack killing almost 100 people (“dizaines de morts” – dozens of dead). The world is at war with ISIS and has been for years. The rise of ISIS happened under…

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Montpelier Train Depot

It was one of those sites that just presents itself. As usual, we were on our way traveling from one place to another, when good fortune would have it, we passed a delightful stop. Not really interesting enough to make a special trip just for this, it was an aha moment when the serendipity of…

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When Summer Storms Come

Summer temperatures at our dacha regularly approach three digits, with the occasional violent storm thrown in for good measure. This is the south and this is how it goes. However, at our other house, midway up the Atlantic coast of the United States, summer still registers as hotter than hot and humid. It’s at times…

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Clinton E-Mails and the Intent to Harm

I texted my husband when the news hit that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted. Her use of a private e-mail server and the exposure of thousands of sensitive governmental communiques were not considered criminal because no intent to harm had been proven. “Good to tell the police the next time I decide to speed—…

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Is Summer Camp Good for Adoptees?

In a nutshell: not. so. sure. Leaning toward not. And mind you, my son is not the nine-year-old, gone away for his first time to sleep-away camp. No, he’s the 19-year-old camp counselor. Here’s the rub: very little has changed since my days at camp, you know, back in the Stone Age. We were not…

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God Bless America–Now More Than Ever

This patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin (born Israel Baline) in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. He had arrived in America from Russia at the age of 5 and became concerned with Hitler’s rise to power after serving America in WWI. The song was recorded by Kate Smith and released on Armistice…