Monthly Archives: July 2009

Corazon Aquino, former Philippines president, has died

I just read on the AP news: MANILA, Philippines – Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator with a “people power” revolt and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, died on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Boy and a River

We enjoyed the most wonderful morning at Smith Rock State Park a few days ago. There by 7:30 a.m. to avoid the scorching afternoon sun, we hiked, played, and splashed our way around to the backside of the mountain. My … Continue reading

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Get out while you still can!

Note to rootbound plants: Get out while you still can! I planted dozens of seeds in little plastic containers, wanting a head start on the short growing season in my region. The weather warmed up but I got busy. The … Continue reading

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The French Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette

Lafayette joins another revolution in his homeland. A look at why it was so much harder this time. Continue reading

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She’s a Biologist

“Mommy, can I cut the lizard open?” JJ questioned very matter-of-factly. She had just come in from checking on her latest lizard, a big fat one she was sure was pregnant with dozens of eggs. She had felt little bumps … Continue reading

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Baseball Giveaway

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But, baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, … Continue reading

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The American Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette

Without the military and diplomatic skills of this Frenchman, history may have had a different ending.
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Hello Summer

Hello Summer! We’re done being sick and we are ready to enjoy this beautiful world. I’m listening to Little L read a book to himself, I’m feeling anticipation about the days ahead, I’m smelling the fresh garden dirt, and I’m … Continue reading

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