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5 Espionage Myths–The November Man

  By Piper Bayard     The November Man is an espionage movie in which an ex-CIA operative is brought back by the Company for a personal mission in Moscow, only to find himself pitted against his protégé. It is a fast action [...]
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After Years of Risk, Grace is Still on the Bloom

By KM Huber Rarely can we know the impact of the series of snapshots that are the moments of our lives. Yet it is the way of life that some snapshots reappear, ultimately revealing their source. Such is grace it seems. Grace is the bud of a [...]

Hanging Out With a Noren

By Susan Spann If you’ve eaten sushi anywhere, or visited Japan, you’ve probably seen a noren–though you might not have realized it at the time.  Noren are traditional Japanese doorway hangings. Most noren are constructed [...]

The Pet of a Lifetime: Have You Had One?

Since it was National Dog Day this week, I’m celebrating the pet who rocked my lifetime. Have you had one of those? The kind of pet who’s a member of the family, and who is mourned long after they’re gone? Hoshi was everything [...]

Labor Day and the Triangle Factory Fire

Labor Day was declared a federal holiday in 1894. Its purpose was to honor the American worker, in a time when labor unions were fighting to make conditions safer and wages more fair. The legislation to make it a holiday had been pushed through [...]
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  PERSONAL POWER By Vicki Hinze   We all have personal power.  At times, we feel our lives are out of control, as if we are helpless and maybe even hopeless.  We get trapped in the clutter of the reality we’ve created and we lose [...]
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Do you want to help fight child trafficking? Here’s what we can do.

Do you want to help fight child trafficking? Here’s what we can do. On September 16, hundreds of activists and fundraisers will donate to anti-trafficking organizations throughout the US, coming together in a national movement to fight [...]
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Henry Ossian Flipper and What West Point Can Teach Hollywood

By Jay Holmes Henry Ossian Flipper was the first African-American West Point graduate—not in 1970, or 1950, or even in 1930, but in the Class of 1877. Henry was born a slave in Georgia in 1856. After the Civil War, he attended Atlanta University, [...]

Mindful Eating Returned Me to Life

By KM Huber Mine is a life few, if any, would want but it is mine—and I am mindful of it—something I never was in the way I once lived. My heart was as empty as my stomach. In all ways, I was perfectly hollow, mindless in my approach to [...]
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Beautiful, Bombproof Bonsai

by Susan Spann Most people have seen a bonsai tree, and most of us know they come from Japan–or at least, that the techniques and art form are Japanese in origin. But many people don’t realize how ancient the art of bonsai really [...]