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The 49-cent Nepalese Human Sacrifice

I have traveled the world many times over and I know from observation and participation that what you believe just might save you. It also just might kill you. The latest news story from Nepal this week involves a distressed father with an ill son. A Hindu “holy man”, who appears from his photo to…

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Iran & Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

It’s the little matter of 12,000 kilometers. The Iranians insisted on this at the end of the pseudo-negotiations, and I say pseudo because I can’t see anything worthwhile for the US in any of the Iranian “deal”. Intercontinental ballistic missiles have that kind of range—to travel between continents. At a time when American schoolchildren are…

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Teen Job Search – Plan B

Mashenka can’t find a summer job. She came to it late, starting to look almost at the end of June. Many schools and universities already had flooded the market with applicants. It’s not like she needs to work. But some summertime responsibility could be a good thing. Being around others might force her to enunciate,…

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How to Extract a Picture of My Son

Fact #1: Petya is in NY. Fact #2: I am not. Fact #3: I will need a photo of him soon or I will not be able to stand it. How do I persuade my son to take 10 seconds out of his busy day and send his sweet mother a pic or two? In…

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Monday Mottoes – #99

As we approach our 100th Monday motto, it may be time for a Sashenka-ism. That would be a phrase uttered by our youngest daughter, often that makes no sense whatsoever. We can always blame it on the fact that English is not this Russki’s first language, or the fact that she marches to her own…

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Generations of Genocide

A former Nazi officer, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” and now in his 90s was sentenced by a German court to four years in prison. His crime included counting the cash of new arrivals at the death camp of Auschwitz/Birkenau located in Nazi-occupied Poland. An old man, 90-some years old. We will not ascribe…

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Selfie Accidents in Russia

Quick-! What could be more dangerous than a Lada-driving Russian careening over crowded sidewalks simply because the streets are even more congested with traffic? Apparently it’s a Russian taking a selfie, you know, that narcissistic self-portrait that most Americans are satisfied to take in the privacy of their own bathroom, but Russians have to take…

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What We Did for Summer Vacation

I just might need to vacay, after all. Instead, I’m forging ahead, accomplishing a bunch, and managing the troops. My family, on the other hand, thinks that it’s summer and we should be having FUN. How to do that in near-100-degree heat, with responsibilities up the wazoo, is not my forte. Personally, other than my…

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Saying Yes to Life

Around the world, news reports make even the strongest of us want to despair. Where’s the world’s culture headed?   I think of young Yazidi and Christian girls offered as sex slaves to ISIS fighters who demonstrate a knowledge of the Koran and in our own American culture, cross-dressers hailed as brave heroes. Then in the…

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Monday Mottoes – #96

As everyone knows, it’s possible for things to take a turn for the worse. My son, Petya, and I had prepared for our archaeological lab test, part of a state certification program, reported to last approximately two hours. In we went to face the music. Seven-and-a-half hours later, it was over. Exhausted, drained, semi-elated… we…