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Judith van Praag
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Attended UCLA Extension, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
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Oud & Nieuw - Hier en Nu - Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Oud & Nieuw, Silvester, New Year's Eve. Het is bij ons kwart over negen in de ochtend, en in Nederland is het kwart over zes, negen uur later. Op Facebook zie ik Nederlanders elkaar (en ook mij of ons) een fijne Jaarwisseling wensen. Dat heb je niet zo in d...
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Gelukkig nieuwjaar waar we ook zijn en vooral een goede gezondheid.
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Mary, Noah and Lucy tell it as it is. 
A letter from late singer’s ex-wife, Mary Weiland, on behalf of his two children
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What if Madonna had gone into business with her given name Madonna Louise Ciccone? What if Lady Gaga went around as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? 
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"No one in the world should have the right to stop us from doing what we love." ~Madonna
"They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them," singer tells audience in emotional speech
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While my heart weeps for the victims of the ‪#‎ParisAttack‬, while knowing the first curfew since 1944 was ordered last night, and this post-WWII rendition of La Marseillaise only reinforces thoughts of war, hearing the dichotomy of pathos and strength in Mireille Mathieu's voice must remind the world not to accept this terror as the new normal.
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Check out Jordan Howell's blog post, with an exciting report of his second river experience, the 2015 Splore FA rafting trip. Last year my husband Gary acted as Jordan's provider, and I tagged along as the water carrier. To be honest, white water rafting was not on my bucket list, and I had to fight my fear before we hit the real rapids. Taking a hint from the FA participants I learned to let go, to put my trust in the captain of my boat and had an unforgettable and wonderful experience that left me high for a week following our return home. 
SPLORE allows people of all abilities to experience the great American outdoors.
Out there in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by majestic towering rocks, I remembered a moment in time, 40 years ago, when I crossed the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, seeing rafters going down the river. "Not for us," my ex husband said, "not for us."
The thrill to realize I had made it back to the American West, to those mountains, and canyons, and to be floating down the river in the company of my present husband and an amazingly brave troupe of people with FA, dedicated and fun river rats (acting as guides).
These (X)SPLORE trips are a wonderful experience, now that I've been on one, I highly recommend them to everyone. If you want to volunteer as a river guide, check out the website splore dot org.
  Prior to beginning this adventure, I wanted to make sure I would do one thing, simply enjoy it. Having the experience of last year under my belt, I knew I was not going to die in the wilderness or the river. The thr...
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Papa was a sucker for organ meat, brains, kidney stew (not pie), chicken livers, any kind of liver for that matter, tongue, udder (yes, udder, cooked for the dogs, hot from the boiling water, sliced and served with mustard, to die for (which he probably did at the young age of 71 minus one day). And so I have to take statins. No, diet nor exercise helps. In fact my triglycerides sky rocket when I lose weight and exercise more. Oi vey. But tasty it was!
There is increasing evidence that parents' lifestyle and the environment they inhabit even long before they have children may influence the health of their offspring. A new study sheds light on how.
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Yes, yes, use a translator to get the drift of this article, antidote to the CNN docu about a pagan tradition, that's been totally misinterpreted.
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Changing Your Name May Change Your Life - Mystical Kabbalah and Numerology
My day started off well , not only was I startled awake early enough to hear a garbage truck a block or so away, and roll the containers out just in time (wearing windbraker on top of housecoat), the crunch underfoot of frosted grass and crisp air on my che...
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Learning about modern day shock treatment called electroconvulsive  therapy, not a cure but a treatment. Some people, among whom Kitty Dukakis say Shock or ECT saved their life. 
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Watching the (to me) unknown pianist play John Lennon's "Imagine" again I notice how much emotion he puts into the latter part of the song. And suddenly I'm reminded of a painting my father made of the Warsaw Orchestra, of the pianist who kept on playing, while everything around him was on fire. Seeing the painting later my father couldn't deal with the image and he destroyed his work of art. All there's left is a thumbnail photograph, and yet just that, and the memory of him telling me about it left an indelible impression. Hearing the pianist, and watching him play out there, outside the Paris theater, I remember. His horror.
Mysterious musician delivers poignant version of Beatle's 1971 classic as mourners gather at site of massacre
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Surgeon author, the late Sherwin Nuland talks about his personal experience with electro shock. A great alternative to lobotomy (for him), and saving lives such as Kitty Dukakis, who wrote about that in her book SHOCK, highly recommended by my electrologist, no pun intended.
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memoirist, arts & lit journalist/writer, artist/designer
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Seattle, WA
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Zandvoort, the Netherlands - Amsterdam - Allardsoog - Roderesch - Groningen - Westwood, CA - Santa Monica, CA - Pacific Palisades, CA - Bel Air, CA - Austin, TX - Wimberley, TX - Seattle, WA - Manchester, CT - Willimantic, CT - Paris, France -
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Writing Artist, Architectural Tourguide and Organic Gardener
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Writing Artist, Organic Cook and Gardener, Cultural Tour Guide, Colorist, Eco Green, sometimes Blue; Pragmatic to the Bone.Originally from the Netherlands I make my home in the Pacific Northwest with husband and pooch. My background lies in multicultural theater. Over time the balance tipped over to studio + literary arts. I'm working on a screenplay based on a novel about art, love and redemption in a cold country, and a memoir about growing up on a nut farm and coming out halfway sane.
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Core members of American/Dutch artist collective Taller Amsterdam called me "Mama Grande" (I wore many a hat). Stood at cradle of Multicultural Theater in the Netherlands with African-American Director Rufus Collins† and Surinamese Director Henk Tjon†. Worked for Netherlands/Turkish Theater Company with Vasif Öngören†. Wrote storybook for three of Luly Yang's Runway Fashion Shows, and was her speech writer. Have been presenting architectural tours of Rem Koolhaas - OMA /LMN's Seattle Central Public Library since the opening in May 2004.
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  • UCLA Extension, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
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J.H.J.S. van Praag
Seeing "loved it" regarding a Holocaust Center seems strange, however if I change my appreciation from 5 to 4 stars, it'll say "Liked it" and that doesn't do this small but excellent educational center enough credit. So, Love it will have to do. We first visited the center to see the exhibition "ENEMY ALIENS": THE INTERNMENT OF JEWISH REFUGEES IN CANADA, 1940-1943. The curation of this exhibit was excellent, and coming from the Netherlands (and Texas) the exhibit taught us things we didn't know yet about that era.The present exhibit on NAZI PERSECUTION OF HOMOSEXUALS 1933-1945 may very well justify another trip across the border.
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Eight years ago we arrived at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter and were greeted by about six large dogs, each in their own kennel. At the very end a little white and caramel pup barked as loud as the big guys "take me, take me." The handlers told us we could open the door to the kennel, and she jumped in my arms. Still reluctant to take on the responsibility I asked what they knew about her beside what was stated on her paperwork. They said she had to be a Basenji terrier mix, gave me a leash and suggested I'd take her for a walk on the grounds. Meanwhile my husband learned there was no —leaving to think it over. "There's two other parties interested, if they return before you, she'll be gone." So here are, Mocha nearly nine. To the nice guys over there, we thank you for telling us not to waste any time!
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
We used to live a few blocks away from this Trader Joe's. I walked over every day, as though living in Europe again, to pick up daily needs and some friendly banter with staff members. Trader Joe's is still one of our favorite merchants, love the goods, the prices and the attitude.
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We're boring customers, we always eat the same things. Yet, this means we get the best service we can wish for at Azuma. The moment someone sees our faces, whether it's the owner/ sushi chef, his wife or the waiters, we've got our miso soup in front of us about the same time we sit down. Got to love that. Also love the food. It's family friendly, and for some reason (yes!) children who eat at Azumi are well behaved and enjoy their pickin's.
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