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Monday Mottoes – #78

Are you a dropout? Not necessarily from school, but from certain aspects of life? Do you find it easier not to engage with a spouse, a boss, a child, so you avoid them? Do you stay away from certain social settings? Have you lost a job and then, after repeated rejection, given up even looking…

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Comportment, Conversation and Conviviality

I believe I belong to a different era where graciousness and civility rule. The family was able to pass through Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, on our way south and partake of some of the genteel gems from a time long ago. We started with the milliner instructing us as to 18th century fashions. She told how,…

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Museum of the Bible Coming Soon

Washington, DC, is set to get another museum in the next couple of years: the Museum of the Bible. Scheduled to be built two blocks from the National Mall, and three blocks from the Capitol, the 430,000-square-foot museum will house 500 world-class artifacts, from ancient manuscripts and papyri, to cuneiform tablets dating from Abraham’s time….

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To Vaccinate or Not?

Used to be, most every child in the U.S. was vaccinated. Families were acquainted with those of earlier generations who had suffered from various diseases and epidemics. To avoid or eradicate such health risks seemed like a dream come true. Then allegations began that the vaccinations and immunizations caused problems all their own, a large…

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Learning Twitter

Some people think I should know social media. Why, I have no idea. All the news that’s fit to print I put in this blog, for you, my faithful readers. Do you really want to know that I saw Mrs. Obama at the Target store? Do you need to know that I ate a salad…

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A Heart, A Brain, and Courage: No Place Like Home

I’ve often thought about our three youngest children stepping out of a scene from The Wizard of Oz. It’s because we have three distinct self-image deficits that seem to fit a pattern. In many ways, our youngest, Sashenka, is like the Tin Man. She lacks a heart. But she’s getting there. She has flashes of…

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Fairly Evident… to All But Those Involved

How is it that certain realities of life are self-evident to everyone except those going through the situation in question? You can list them with the best of us: 1. That all men are created equal—that is, if you’re white, male, Protestant, and a landholder during that time period. 2. That your secret office romance…

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Fanny-Deep in Footnotes

I don’t like footnotes. Bibliographies are okay, fairly straightforward, but footnotes? Unless you get to use the Harvard Style of citation which is simply the author’s last name and date in the text itself (Bartologimignano, 2014). Easy-peasy. No such luck. At least we have computers that will space out everything nicely, make superscript numbers at…

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Cultivating a Sense of Culture

Washington, DC, is no New York City in terms of theatre. However, our nation’s capital has more to offer than normally imagined. Home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, it’s got a few things happening. Yesterday, we took advantage of a free performance at The John F….

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Liberty University’s Biblical Museum

Only a couple of months old, Liberty University’s Biblical Museum packs enough punch to merit a visit. If you’re at all interested in Bible-era artifacts, it’s like a mini Israel Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia. The one-room museum serves as a perfect complement to the Center for Judaic Studies. Our family entered the sprawling Jerry Falwell…

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