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Researching at the Library of Congress

Some of my work has brought me to research at the US Library of Congress. Housing 151.7 million items on 838 miles of bookshelves, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution is not open to just anyone. Even graduate students working on their PhDs need to make a strong case for why they should be allowed…

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Drowning in Too Many Clothes

Our family of six is drowning in a sea of clothing. We have too much stuff, period. Living in one older home and one newer home, there are not always sufficient closets, but that’s just an excuse. We have too many clothes. They tend to collect over the years and we need to delete. Donating…

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Monday Mottoes – #162

There are times and seasons when we all consider whether or not it’s a smart thing to tell the truth. Of course, the truth is best… but when it’s difficult? Often, truth IS difficult. It’s raw, it’s in your face, it’s “Let me give this to you, straight.” Truth is not for the faint of…

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Who Are You Really?

Many people spend most of their lives trying to figure out who they are and what they should be doing. There seems to be no spring in their step, no confidence in their calling, no labor of love lost nor found. The problem is, they listen to too many voices or try to undertake too…

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Finding Respite at the French Cafe

Our oldest son’s scholarly presentation quickly approaches. As he prepares to deliver his research paper before learned professionals, he and I fight to stay calm and focused. I am concerned about his enunciation and also that he can speed-read to bring him in under the alotted time frame. What we really needed at this point…

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Spackling Away the Cracks

Five years ago, Washington, DC, experienced an earthquake. Not really normal in these parts, but plenty of damage to large structures from the Washington Monument to the National Cathedral. And repairs continue. In light of that, having five spare minutes inbetween major proposals and projects, I decide I will singlehandedly repair our home. With numerous…

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Viewers are Ditching the NFL

We have lots of friends who enjoy fall football. Benedetto allies himself with college ball, having once played. But many of his pals who once preferred pro ball are dropping it like a hot potato. Going cold turkey. Saying “Adios” and not looking back. They’ve had enough of the multi-millionaire players using professional ball to…

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Monday Mottoes – #161

We have come through the hurricane, the storm, the wind, the rain and the rising flood waters. The aftermath and the cleanup in the Southeastern US continues as rivers continue to crest for the next several days. Those of us who have survived storms understand that vigilance is required for three phases: pre-storm preparation, how…

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Heading Out To The Field

Here I am “in situ” – note Porta potties in the background. I found an arrowhead while sifting and here is someone else’s find from about 1100 A.D. Backbreaking work, but interesting all the same…hope I can move tomorrow LOL…More later. 22434

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Life Instructs & Inspires the Artist Within

Our second son, Pasha, possesses unique artistic abilities. Fully four years before we ever adopted him, he showed us the pictures his friend (who became our first son) had drawn… and slipped in a few of his own. They were good. Really good. We pursued Pasha for four years, praying for him every day and…