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Michael Harling
Works at a table in the spare room
Attended Ichabod Crane Central
Lived in Kinderhook, NY
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The Museums of Amsterdam
The main reason we went to Amsterdam—aside from the fact that we really
like it there—was to visit the Rijksmuseum. It was closed when we visited
last time and has only recently reopened after a 9-year refurbishment. So that was our number 1
destination. Th...
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The Bikes of Amsterdam
  Ah, Amsterdam, city of canals, quaint houses and fewer windmills than
you might expect. A city of shimmering water and worn cobbles, where—with no
fear of legal repercussion—you can smoke hash, rent a prostitute and visit a
world-class art exhibit all wit...
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A Little Tiff
I don’t know how aware you folks in the US of A are about the
relationship between England and Scotland, but if they were on Facebook, their
status would read, “It’s Complicated.” We’re not having a tiff, per se , (we know this because there are
no actual a...
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Hibernating
Oh my! The previous post (or the
current one as I write this) is from December. What’s worse is, it ends with a “Happy
New Year” message, and here it is the end of January. I suspect that having a
post about New Year’s Eve still on your blog as you stare Bu...
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That Blitz Spirit
It is little remembered these days, but Britain was bombed during the
First World War. The cunning Hun used zeppelins, and some extraordinary aircraft
that pushed the envelope of aviation to its limit, to deliver bombs to East Anglia
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Technology is Not Your Friend
Have you ever heard this sound? You’re coming out of the mall after a successful shopping spree, you
remotely unlock your car from the entranceway, scoop all your newly acquired
belongings into your arms and toddle out to your car, but just as you curl your...
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Hell-o, You’ve Reached Emergency Services
After a dozen years in this country, I finally had the opportunity to
dial 999, which is the UK equivalent of 911. It’s not that I was looking
forward to, or even expecting, this event. After all, I lived many years in the
US without ever having to call 911...
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Because I Need More Piping in My Life
Numbered among my numerous shortcomings is this: I play the bagpipes. I
did mention this about a year ago so those of you who have been paying
attention may already be aware of this. What I did not stress enough in my
previous mention, however, is that I am...
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Hibernating
Oh my! The previous post (or the
current one as I write this) is from December. What’s worse is, it ends with a “Happy
New Year” message, and here it is the end of January. I suspect that having a
post about New Year’s Eve still on your blog as you stare Bu...
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Glad you found that inspirational answer to Virginia's question; it still resonates today (perhaps more so).

I actually met Virginia O'Hanlon. She live a great age and spent her last days in Valatie, NY, where I went to school. She was a friend of my 1st grade teacher and near the Christmas holiday (this would have been 1961) she visited our class and read her letter and Mr. Church's response.  Even then I knew I was seeing something special; I have never forgotten that.
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What an amazing story Michael...thanks for sharing this. Reminds me that this is a true story, not some Christmas myth! Have a wonderful Christmas.
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Writer
Employment
  • a table in the spare room
    2012 - present
  • ROCC Computers LTD
    Project Manager, 2002 - 2012
  • NYS Economic Development
    Database Administrator, 2001 - 1998
  • NYS Division of Criminal justice
    Identification Specialist, 1987 - 1998
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Kinderhook, NY - Clifton Park, Ny - Horsham, West Sussex
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Expat author, sort of like Bill Bryson but without the best selling books and gobs of money.
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Writer, expat, herfer
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Once met Virginia O'Hanlon of "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" fame.
Education
  • Ichabod Crane Central
    High Scool, 1960 - 1973
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