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Monday Mottoes – #174

We’re talking frustration. Total frustration. Have you ever been there? I have blocked out a chunk of time to get ahead on some very important projects. Only problem is, I am stymied by technology which is refusing me access to information that I desperately need. And tech support is gone. I fight the feeling of…

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The Joy of 3×5 Index Cards

These tiny, stiff paper cards are my friends. Measuring 3 inches by 5 inches, they are small, but mighty. Lined, or “ruled” on one side, blank white on the other, the index cards find the perfect use in shopping lists, message notes that may be propped up, encouraging notes in kids’ lunch bags, executive directives…

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Tunnels Connect the U.S. to Israel

You’ve heard of the 51-mile-long Channel Tunnel, connecting Britain and France by an underwater rail line. Completed in 1994, the “Chunnel” is an amazing innovation, linking the two countries and easing travel between them. Today, Israel and the U.S. are also linked by tunnels, not physically, but metaphorically. Unwanted illegal visitors slip across their borders,…

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Holiday Tug-of-War

In the US, there’s a lot of pushing and pulling that takes place during the winter holidays.  It happens in other countries, too, but here, there’s enough space to truly separate loved ones at special times.  Most of it is centered around the triad of Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years. If you’re married or engaged,…

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Holidays are Here: Zoolights!

It’s that time of year in Washington, DC, when Pepco, along with other businesses sponsor the most amazing display of Christmas lights at the National Zoo. Whether still lights or high-tech dancing displays, each feature is more spectacular than the last. Most show animals, of course, whether on land or by sea. But there are…

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Rising at 2:00 am for Black Friday?

Are you part of the post-Thanksgiving frenzy of shoppers flooding stores today? Discounts, sales and slashed prices beckon for shoppers in search of the best prices. Personally, I enjoy shopping in a quiet, empty store whenever possible. Loud music, other customers impinging on my personal space and picked-over merchandise make me want to flee the…

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Our Russian-American Kids Voted

So proud of our three oldest children, two of whom voted for the first time in this year’s early elections. The discussions regarding candidates and showing the kids how to research candidates’ statements and records bordered on the hysterical at times, but we got through it. If ever there was a case for changing the…

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Monday Mottoes – #162

Winston Churchill, born into an aristocratic family, experienced his own fair share of struggles. As Lord Admiral of the British Navy during WWI, he took responsibility for the Battle of Gallipoli, a bold plan which the Navy did not implement, but resulted in his resignation. In his absence from political office, Churchill wrote about the…

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Petya’s First Scholarly Presentation

It was amazing. Spectacular. Stellar. Yet, as is often the case, it did not appear that all was going to be well during his first scholarly presentation. The research paper was excellent. Once 30-some pages, he needed to mercilessly slice and dice the manuscript to 9 pages in order to fit into the 20-minute time…

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I Voted— Have You?

A number of major issues and political appointments loom on America’s horizon. The future depends on all of us and especially in a close election, everyone needs to vote. While I have voted with an absentee (mail-in or show-up-early-to-headquarters) ballot in the past, this is the first time that I’ve voted early near my home….