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Judith van Praag
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Attended UCLA Extension, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Lives in Seattle, WA
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To read French snippets takes me back to 1991 when I stayed in a sublet in Paris while the regular tenant was out of town for a six-month training the French Postal Services presented to blind employees. Before departing my "landlord" guided me through the neighborhood (near Père Lachaise) to end up at his favorite cafe/restaurant where I joined him and his friends for lunch.
Other than that, my M.I.L. is legally blind and I recognized her struggles with accepting help, holding on to and giving up a certain independence. Hannah Thompson's review makes me want to look into reading Temelin's book.
Jacques Semelin, Je veux croire au soleil (Paris: les Arènes, 2016) Part travel journal, part guide to living creatively with blindness, Jacques Semelin’s humorous description of his stay in Montreal is a charming and hone...
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Na-oorlogs kind deelt en verbergt traumatisch verhaal van ouders
Een lang verhaal. Het was eind jaren zeventig, Yuri Voogd had me in Café Frascati aan Harry de Winter voorgesteld. Harry en ik raakten in gesprek en ik vertelde hem hoe ik als zevenjarige met mijn ouders van Mokum naar het hoge —nog niet ontsloten— noorden ...
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Een lang verhaal. Het was eind jaren zeventig, Yuri Voogd had me in Café Frascati aan Harry de Winter voorgesteld. Harry en ik raakten in gesprek en ik vertelde hem hoe ik als zevenjarige met mijn ouders van Mokum naar het ho...
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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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Yesterday Guy Clark celebrated his 70th birthday, love his music and his songs. Man, he sure knows how to hit us where you feel it (and them strings as well).
Guy Clark talks to us about the process of songwriting and his ability to keep things sounding unique over the years...
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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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memoirist, arts & lit journalist/writer, artist/designer
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  • Dutchess Abroad
    journalist/writer, artist/designer, present
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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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reviewed a year ago
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.
Public - 4 years ago
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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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reviewed 4 years ago