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I visited the North Carolina Museum of History, which tells a biased, apologist, and not-entirely-accurate story about the Civil War. 

Oh, and upstairs was a special exhibit dedicated to Billy Graham. 

The North Carolina Museum of History tells an apologist, biased version of the history of the Civil War.

I found it appalling.

http://bit.ly/nchistory
I really think this should say “Loyalty to Country or to Slavery?” Late last year, Rand and I visited Raleigh, North Carolina, and after reading glowing online reviews for it, I spent an afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History. I was appalled by it. I've heard of revisionist historians ...
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"The root of this problem isn’t about whether or not you have kids. It’s about being decent to one another, and respecting someone else’s life and the choices that they’ve made (or the ones they’ve been unable to make), even when they are radically different from your own. There’s no war. There’s just people being shitty to one another because they’re looking for external validation for really big life questions that don’t have a clear answer."

http://bit.ly/ToKidorNot
When you are my age, everyone starts caring about your uterus. Not in a fun way, where they send it text messages or memes featuring shirtless Jeff Goldblum circa Jurassic Park, but in a very critical, “what the fuck is wrong with your downstairs human factory and, by extension, you” kind of way ...
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Great article. My wife and I struggled with these very questions at your age. We decided in the affirmative but had only one!

Little Nikita is 4 now so this lets us keep our feet "in both camps" if you know what I mean.

Now it's people with 3 kids who suck ;-)
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I visit the Sixth Floor Museum. It was from here that Lee Harvey Oswald aimed a rifle onto Elm Street and fired, assassinating JFK. 

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Last week I visited Dallas for the first time, and the museum that now occupies the book infamous depository where Lee Harvey Oswald worked. It is on the sixth floor of this building, situated at the awkwardly sharp intersection of Elm and Houston, that Oswald fired on JFK's motorcade, ...
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I dressed up as Fezzik the Giant from the Princess Bride. As one does.

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There are spans of time in my life that can be characterized by a theme (there was The Beatles Period in the late 90s, The Carey Grant Epoch in the early 2000s, The Age of Veronica Mars not long after that). This may happen on its own – we'll see recurring motifs or images, or a song or a person ...
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"Like most women my age – deer caught in the headlights of time, our mid-30s barreling down upon us like an SUV with shoddy brakes – I grew up watching The Princess Bride."

And I realized the love story you should be paying attention to isn't Westley and Buttercup's. 
A brief note of impending awesomeness: for the next few days, I will be rambling, sometimes coherently, sometimes not, about The Princess Bride. But Geraldine, you find yourself saying, isn't this a travel blog? To which I will reply, enthusiastically, “OF COURSE IT SORT OF IS.” ...
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"I recommend running to the grocery store and stocking up on Pop-Tarts. It’s totally cool if you just stand in the aisle and cram them into your face (Remember: Today’s shoplifting is tomorrow’s looting!)"
One of Portland's many bridges which isn't really designed to withstand much more than light foot traffic. If you live in anywhere along the western seaboard of North America, but particularly in the Pacific Northwest, you've probably heard about the massive earthquake that's going to kill all ...
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"I’m unclear on how to activate cashews, so I place them on a laptop computer that’s playing the scene from Weird Science where they bring Kelly LeBrock to life."

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Anthony Michael Hall helping me activate these cashews. Like most of you, I recently read the Elle article about what Amanda Chantal Bacon, a woman who may just be a low-blood-sugar-induced hallucination of Gwyneth Paltrow's, eats in a given day. It was a lot like the first time I read ...
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A friend recently asked me what's the secret to being happy forever. 

I tried to answer. 

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Silly fools, Summer 2015. I am talking about relationships with a friend in a dark restaurant. Rand has left the table for a moment, ostensibly to use the bathroom, though most likely to try to steal bill. I have seen the two of them do this dance before, a race to see who can put down his ...
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Rand and I visit The Princess Bride's Cliffs of Insanity, aka the Cliffs of Moher, in Ireland.

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Every now and then, it's nice to be indulged. I don't mean all the time – like my nightly requests that we have orange flavored Hostess cupcakes for dinner (“If we did that as often as you suggested it, we'd die.” – Rand). But once in a while, it's pretty wonderful when everyone quietly ...
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My beloved and I visit Haddon Hall, aka Prince Humperdinck's castle from The Princess Bride. 

And yes, we do have fun storming it. 

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Haddon Hall. Rand and I had intended to come back from England a few days earlier than we actually did. On the morning we were slated to leave, Rand looked at the weather report in Seattle, decided it was too damn hot, and moved our ticket. These are the luxuries that are afforded to the lucky, ...
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"If any of the following occur – any mention of Trump’s hair, Trump touching his own mane, the camera zooming in on the gold nest that sits atop his head – you must scream “HAIR TO THE CHIEF!” Last person to do so must take a drink."
There is something perversely wonderful about tonight, Jon Stewart's last night on The Daily Show, coinciding with the Republican Presidential debates, of which Donald Trump is a front-runner. Trump-Kissing. Like, he's actually the front-runner. That is a fact. There's something like 28 people ...
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El you are on to something.  A fantastic wig can be his for $$$, or hair plugs, or he could buck up and just cut that stuff off. 
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“I am going to poke every single person I know,” I told my husband.

“Well, … that seems like a good use of your time.”
I spent yesterday morning – the better part of two of hours – poking every person I know on Facebook. Every single person on my friends list. The seeds for this idea (the merits of which remain still unclear to me. Was this a social experiment? A prank? A very subtle plea for help?) ...
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