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Three lives touched by one war — World War I

In 2015, I was laid off from my newswire job. Unemployment gave me ample opportunity to retreat to the family home to investigate an unexamined chest that, it turned out, held over 2,400 hand-written and typed family letters, postcards, marriage … Continue reading

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – a triumph for comic books

Having just seen Thor: Ragnarok, I came away with a number of differing thoughts. One was that it was like a series of graphic novels, and took just about as long to watch as it would have to read. Secondly, … Continue reading

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Divine Felines and #NationalCatDay

Let me turn you on to something. On October 29, this Sunday, it’s @NationalCatDay which looks like just an excuse to indulge in feline adoration. As if the 74,059,000 owners, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, need an excuse. I love … Continue reading

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D.C.’s gateway to Asia finally re-opens

It’s been a long two years since the Freer Gallery of Art, the nation’s premier gallery of Asian Art was open on the National Mall in Washington D.C. “What began as a prosaic need to upgrade mechanical systems in the … Continue reading

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A ‘refreshed’ Freer Gallery of Art coming in October

Those into Asian and Middle Eastern art know all about the currently-closed Freer Gallery of Art and its partner, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. During a tour of the Freer’s renovations, Director Julian Raby spoke about many … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Updated to remove spoiler warnings. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will make a lot of money but would have made more with a coherent story. The film’s  promise is lost amid various conflicting competing plot lines. It has all … Continue reading

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Forget lovingly handmade gifts – Amazon wins

This is not a nastygram towards Amazon.com or the USPS. Not at all. It’s is a realization. Only big business can afford to mail stuff, so buy from them. I just spent $20 to send a package across the U.S. … Continue reading

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