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ARE YOU HUNGRY?

Since I’m a senior and now live alone, my daughter in Louisiana worried that I wasn’t getting a hot meal every day, and suggested that I find out about some of the food ministries in my area.

And so began a new learning experience. … Read the rest

The End of American Slavery?

Kidnapped, imprisoned, shackled, transported across the ocean stacked like cargo, sold into slavery, tortured, raped, murdered,. That list is just a preliminary survey of the atrocities against the people of Africa, ancestors to many current citizens of the United States of America.… Read the rest

A NEW EYE ON COSTA RICA

According to the Ecnomist Magazine over 2 million visitors came to Costa Rica in 2008 and, tourist-wise, they rate Costa Rica higher than all Central American destinations.

Since my first visit, almost 8 years ago, the number of luxury resorts, condos and town homes built for investment by foreign visitors, has soared. … Read the rest

GOLF HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

Years ago you could hit golf balls aft on a ship and they would fall into the water…  It became a “no-no”, and the first cruise company to purchase a golf simulator in 1997 was Princess Cruises.  Now  on the Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Cruise Line there are two “Full Swing Golf” simulators, and they have more than 35 simulators on major lines.… Read the rest

SAVE PART OF OUR HISTORY!

We don’t need more scrap.  Preservationists are fighting to save the SS UNITED STATES from being sold to a U. S. buyer for scrap.  The conservancy wants to “ensure a dignified future for our national flagship” while emphasizing the “special and irreplaceable nature of this national icon.” … Read the rest

Male Energy

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This is a Great Book! The insights that it caused me to have were enormous. As I began to see patterns in my actions in the examples of “archetypal men”, it provided me with both a vocabulary for my experience, as well as a way to learn my way out of what had been a very long adolescence.

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THE “EARTH HOUR” PROGRAM

Today, March 28, 2009 in Egypt at the Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza, Cairo Tower and the Library of Alexandria as well as the cities of Cairo and Alexandria will be in the dark.  It’s part of “Earth Hour”.  The first lady of Egypt, H.… Read the rest

Turn off the Power Tonight!

Speak your mind on the use of carcinogenic, global warming carbon fuels, nuclear energy and light pollution.

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.… Read the rest

THE CONCIERGE

When I opened my travel agency I searched for a name.  “The Concierge” was my choice.  It means “an all-knowing grandee, with well honed resources and inside savvy.”  My husband felt that most people couldn’t spell or pronounce it, let alone know what it means. … Read the rest

THE PASSION PLAY IN 2010

My second trip to Germany began in Munich and we “bussed” our way through Bavaria, taking in Salzburg, Austria and visiting Oberammergau, Germany.

I was fascinated by the charming paintings on the sides of the buildings, but most of all by the residents – men growing beards and women with magnificent long hair. … Read the rest

TRAVELING WITH A LAPTOP

Years ago I almost arm-wrestled with someone at a check point in the Caribbean who wanted to put my camera (with half-used film inside) through an X-ray.  I’d seen too many developed pictures turn into ghosts!

Now, it’s laptops.  Mine is left at home, but there are, on the horizon, “Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bags,” (www.PathfinderLuggage.comRead the rest

REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

When I was a teenager, I read one of those “futuristic” stories of robots cleaning our homes and cars flying over our cities on elevated highways of the future.

Let’s say you want to go from Tampa to Miami.  Drive to the automated highway, pay a toll, roll on to a flatbed, stop your car and then read a book or contemplate your navel as you travel over 100 mph. … Read the rest

THE ONLY DISABILITY IN LIFE IS A BAD ATTITUDE

A television program called The Doctor is In” was on as I sat in my doctor’s waiting room.  I felt miserable, stewing in my own juice about health problems and feeling sorry for myself.  Scott Hamilton, the ice skater, was a guest and I became embroiled in his life’s story The Great Eight.… Read the rest

I BEG YOUR PARDON…

In the Apri, 2009 Town and Country magazine was Michael Korda’s article, “Good Manners in Bad Times.”  My grandmother, a graduate of the famous Miss Porter’s school in Farmington, CT (founded in 1886) was considered having gone to “finishing school”.  Many of my social graces were taught to me by my grandmother. … Read the rest

SON VERSUS MOTHER

I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction.  My daughter shakes her head, and looks the other way.  Fortunately, Charlie, my son “caught the bug” early on, and I had someone to use as an excuse to see the latest alien or Star Wars’ movies.… Read the rest