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Colonial Houses: Returning to the Past Will Cost You

It’s a lovely time of year on the East Coast. In the north, there’s not yet much hint of spring, while in the south, some days are reaching up to the very warm ranges. Daffodils peek out here and there and even the grass is starting to grow again. Soon it will be time for…

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Helping the Persecuted

Right now, all around the world, there are those who are suffering for their views, their faith, their ethnicity. It’s pretty rough. Persecution may range from the loss of employment, outright harassment, beatings, rape, imprisonment and death. Something has to be done. Someone has to speak up. Enter our kids. The four of them, with…

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The Future Tense & Our Country

I’m thinking of one particular language which I can speak very well concerning the present and the past. The future? Not so much. It’s not always as easy as English, where you can simply add “will” and voila— suddenly future tense: “I walk home” morphs into “I will walk home” or “I am going to…

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Middle-Aged Dreams & Fantasies

Admit it, the years pass on and many have thoughts of doing something new. There’s no need to run away from the mate or get a new sports car. All you need is a little creativity. But there are themes that appear and reappear these days. In an unscientific poll, here are a few of…

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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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The Un-real U.N.

For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has had ties to the Jewish people. King David declared it his capital in 1004 BC, with Abraham and Jacob figuring prominently in its history even before that. And this week, once again, the United Nations adopted six resolutions against Israel, refuting all Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and…

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Solo Train Rides for Teens-?

Our oldest son was 18 years old last summer (almost 19) when we sent him on a train to NYC, where he was gathering with other teens to take a van to upstate NY to serve as a camp counselor for a month. He had flown to NYC the summer before, at age 17, running…

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Free Russian Language Lessons

Our four high school and college-age kids were taken by us to visit a kind Russian head-of-department at a prestigious university. He gave 30 minutes of his time to discuss with them the fact that Russian has just come up as #2 on the Strategic Languages List and how the US State Department cannot get…

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Free Finds?

Driving down the road, I do a double-take. Our family just bypassed a perfectly-fine dining room table chair, with a sign announcing, “Free”. I laugh, imagining that most free furniture items are moth-eaten, broken, flea-infested or prove to be liabilities in any number of ways. Yet, I am inexplicably drawn to this chair. “Put it…