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Song for My Father, Song for My Mother
This is a beautiful song.
Love you, dad. Love you, mom.
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Our World Tuesday: For the Birds
 This white egret was playing hide-and-seek with me and dad last week at the park.  Eventually, he stepped off the boardwalk and slipped into the grass and went off-the-grid incognito for a few minutes.  This brown pelican wasn't much worried about who was ...
 This white egret was playing hide-and-seek with me and dad last week at the park.  Eventually, he stepped off the boardwalk and slipped into the grass and went off-the-grid incognito for a few minutes.  This brown pelican ...
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Skywatch Friday: Kindness
This week's news is too much:  ISIS setting fire to a human being (because the beheadings weren't impressing us anymore?); a school shooting in Maryland during a basketball game; the Taiwan plane crash, the Metro-North accident... And then the nonsense abou...
This week's news is too much:  ISIS setting fire to a human being (because the beheadings weren't impressing us anymore?); a school shooting in Maryland during a basketball game; the Taiwan plane crash, the Metro-North accide...
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Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad
Happy 51st anniversary to mom and dad. We love you very much and love every minute we spend with you.  (Elvis was there because Elvis is everywhere and always.  If you don't get this, it's probably because you are young. [If you don't know where you were wh...
Happy 51st anniversary to mom and dad. We love you very much and love every minute we spend with you.  (Elvis was there because Elvis is everywhere and always.  If you don't get this, it's probably because you are young. [If ...
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51 years.  BRAVO.
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I disagree with the Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus that A Long Way Down is 'tonally jumbled and conceptually ill advised."  In fact, I think that is a bunch of windy BS.  "Tonally jumbled" and "conceptually ill advised" mean nothing but sound like the loud noise  that pleases those who would like to dismiss the people who despair of life--who are the subject of this film.

This is a beautiful movie about four unlikely friends finding the will and a reason to live despite their circumstances just because they despaired of life at the right time and place.  When does that happen?  This  is a beautiful movie of hope.
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Bravo Sandy.  I hope others discover the same thing.
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Our World Tuesday: The Beach
Adella and I have spent the past several days on Topsail.  We celebrated Christmas a week early so that we could hit the road and enjoy the beach and trade in the jail stripes of public education for these dune fence stripes.  She brought so much homework, ...
Adella and I have spent the past several days on Topsail.  We celebrated Christmas a week early so that we could hit the road and enjoy the beach and trade in the jail stripes of public education for these dune fence stripes...
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Reading of the Week 25: You Have the Right to Be Nobody--but not in China
Read this article about China's recently demanding that people use their real names on social media accounts.  Then, make a case for against these new rules.  Is it reasonable that people stand over their publicly expressed opinions by stating their real na...
Read this article about China's recently demanding that people use their real names on social media accounts.  Then, make a case for against these new rules.  Is it reasonable that people stand over their publicly expressed o...
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Skywatch Friday: High, High Tide
This was a morning that showed footwear no mercy.  This was a high, high tide. My pants, my shoes, and my mittens took a soaking as I tried to make my way down the beach.  This was a small, small price to pay for a beautiful morning that followed a few dark...
This was a morning that showed footwear no mercy.  This was a high, high tide. My pants, my shoes, and my mittens took a soaking as I tried to make my way down the beach.  This was a small, small price to pay for a beautiful ...
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Our World Tuesday: Milford, Pennsylvania
Last weekend, we took my parents out to lunch to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary.  The Apple Valley Family Restaurant was decorated with vintage outdoorsy magazines. I don't know if this guy is as old as the magazines or if the grin on his face is ...
Last weekend, we took my parents out to lunch to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary.  The Apple Valley Family Restaurant was decorated with vintage outdoorsy magazines. I don't know if this guy is as old as the magazi...
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Skywatch Friday: When Moody is a Good Thing
There's nothing quite like a day that starts with promises of rain but not with certainty. The play of light and color is beautiful. Breakage BY  MARY OLIVER I go down to the edge of the sea. How everything shines in the morning light! The cusp of the whel...
There's nothing quite like a day that starts with promises of rain but not with certainty. The play of light and color is beautiful. Breakage BY MARY OLIVER I go down to the edge of the sea. How everything shines in the...
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Reilly writes:

It is a good and honourable thing that so many people’s instinct, when confronted with aggression, is conciliation. But loathe though my conciliatory soul is to admit it, there is nothing I can concede that will appease the ideology that led to the carnage in France. To quote Hitchens once more, what the murderers and their co-thinkers hate are the parts of liberal democracy that are worth defending: “its emancipated women, its scientific inquiry, its separation of religion from the state.”
There can be few more insulting coinages than the tedious phrase “moderate Muslim”. What does it mean? Who does it benefit? In the past week, since the atrocities in Paris, we have heard it often: “moderate” Muslims must condemn terrorism. Or, alternatively, the images of Mohammed printed by ...
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Our World Tuesday: Doing the Christmas Thing
On Sunday, my nephews, who live in Newtown, Connecticut, came over to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  Our celebration of Christmas happens when it can because the boys' parents are divorced and Adella and I make the most of our time off to enjoy the beach...
On Sunday, my nephews, who live in Newtown, Connecticut, came over to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  Our celebration of Christmas happens when it can because the boys' parents are divorced and Adella and I make the most of...
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This is one of the most impressive memorials I have ever seen. To step into the circle and be surrounded by the names of those who fought in Vietnam and to see through the names to the beautiful gardens is to be embraced by those who gave and freed to live. And to remember.
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