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Boston Marathon Security: Going About it All Wrong

February 28, 2014

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It’s time for America to stop letting terrorists win. The Boston Marathon this year will feature new security rules in response to last year’s bombing near the finish line.  No backpacks, no handbags, no strollers, no bulky clothing, no fluid containers over one liter, no large flags or signs, nothing at all larger than an […]

Joan Larsen Encore: The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly

February 26, 2014

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All of those traveling to Denali National Park are given “the lecture” by a park ranger before setting out, warning about the dangers of hiking alone and the distance that must be kept between you and a grizzly to be safe.  Unfortunately, the bears do not receive the lecture.  It is where they live and […]

Seize the Day! The Gift of Life

February 24, 2014

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La Marioneta (“The Puppet”) By Johnny Welch If for an instant God were to forget that I am a rag doll and grant me a shred of life, possibly I wouldn’t say all that I think, but I would definitely think all that I say. I would value things, not for their worth but for […]

Educational Advice for The Parents of Alexis Martin, 3-Year-Old Genius

February 21, 2014

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Check out Washington Montessori School and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Maybe you have seen the news:  three-year-old Alexis Martin of Arizona has an off-the-charts IQ and is the youngest-ever member of Mensa’s Arizona chapter.  Little Alexis reportedly reads at the fifth-grade level and taught herself Spanish using an iPad, among other insanely advanced accomplishments. […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Carmel-By-The-Sea – Simply Unforgettable

February 19, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Wading in the Pacific Ocean – as the setting sun’s last rays lit up the skies before sunset – was magical.  The last surfer was way out, paddling his board toward shore in a lazy fashion.  Only the few of us on the beach saw the whale not that far behind  the […]

The Incandescent Light Bulb Lives!

February 17, 2014

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As you know, Lila and Hubby are in the process of building a house, and just last week I had a meeting with the Light Guy who will supply our light fixtures.  He also provides bulbs to go with those fixtures. I was under the impression that, come January 2014, the incandescent light bulb would […]

Lauriate Roly’s Valentine Challenge: Love Songs

February 14, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly Some time ago, reaction to my Pick-Me-Up article featuring the lovely and inspiring song lyrics, “On A Clear Day,” by one of our best song lyricists, prompted me to assemble a group of some other remarkable and memorable phrases in love songs. If you’re a romantic like people say I am, and […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Leaping the Chasm Between High School and Life

February 12, 2014

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 by Joan Larsen Looking back, it probably was a fairly smooth path before our kids became teenagers . . . though, in retrospect, we have to admit that we all have had “our moments” back then.  Somehow, those years seem like child’s play to us now.  In our world today, it is the teen years […]

Can We Just Get Back to Smiling Normally for Pictures?

February 10, 2014

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Is personal dignity in photographs mortally wounded?  First it was the weird fake gang-like hand signs (or signs that have crass sexual meanings); then it was the ridiculous kissy-face expression which has spawned numerous references to “whores of the Internet,” or “duckfaces.”  It seems that this pose is widely mocked and reviled, but that hasn’t […]

“Eh, Who Cares? I’m Gonna Die Soon Anyway!” So… Go Play!

February 7, 2014

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When my Cajun grandmother got up around 80 years old, she started hitting her bucket list – hard.  First it was a cruise, harmless enough.  But then she ramped it up, going whitewater rafting and even skydiving.  “Now, now, ma’am,” the well-meaning would say, in that tone that made “ma’am” sound not like a form […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Are You Given Your Doctor’s Full Attention Any More?

February 5, 2014

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by Joan Larsen I am going to be honest in the telling of my story.  In choosing my internist long ago, I wanted “the best” there was:  a person very sharp, knowledgeable, and let’s not forget “caring”.  Over the years, I developed a personal relationship with him as well.   He beamed when he saw me.  […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Fleming, Ian Fleming – the Man Who Would be Bond

February 3, 2014

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by Joan Larsen “Bond, James Bond”.  No matter what generation we are, just hearing those words and most of us could be found running to the theaters for another in the exciting – and more than a little sexy – series of Bond movies. But the great BBC America – with its 4-part mini-series about […]