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I See What You are Saying

Nelson Mandela’s body traveled across South Africa last week toward his ancestral home village and final resting place. Along the way, he was remembered and celebrated by world leaders and South Afrikaans during a memorial service on December 10. As is often the case, a sign language interpreter translated the service for the deaf community. […]

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Nelson Mandela, A Man for All Seasons

The entire world tuned in to the passing of one of the greatest men of our time. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 95, dedicated his life to end apartheid and to nurture racial reconciliation in South Africa. Like Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Mandela is considered the leader of a movement and is often described as […]

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In the Eye of the Storm

It has been a stormy week. Apparently, Huracan, the weather god is not happy. Last week, Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda to locals) rocked the island chain of the Philippines. It is being called the most powerful storm ever. In its wake, an estimated 2,300 people died, and thousands more are now homeless. 200,000 pregnant Filipinos […]

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Appalachian Spring: An Artistic Collaboration

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of children’s literature. Many people are familiar with the Caldecott Award for a picture book, and the Newberry Award for a work of children’s literature; however, the ALA also recognizes works in other categories of children’s literature. The Siebert Informational Book Award […]

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Toe-to-Toe on the Korean Peninsula

For over a half-century the Korean Peninsula has existed in a state of limbo, neither at war, nor at peace. In the years since the Korean War, tensions between North Korea and South Korea have waxed and waned, though never dissipated. During the past month, tensions have been mounting again. As South Korea’s constant political […]

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An Apple a Day

Apples, the crunchy, juicy fall fruit, have inspired writers, philosophers, and scientists for centuries. Quotes about apples abound: The apple does not fall far from the tree. She is the apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why did the apple fall? You cannot compare apples and oranges. She is […]

Paying a Song for a Song

Back in the day, music was only available by buying records or cassettes, or by listening to a commercial radio station. Technology has changed how and where we listen to music. Gone are the days of needing a store, or even a product like a record, or cd. Today, music is downloaded and streamed. iTunes, […]

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All Eyes on Syria

You probably noticed that Syria dominated headlines last week. World leaders are faced with a decision: how to respond to Syrian President al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. It is a decision that deeply divides world leaders. President Obama supports military strikes against military targets in Syria and hopes to create a coalition of forces […]

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Still Marching for Jobs and Freedom

Throughout the 1960s, civil rights advocates worked and marched for jobs, justice, and civil rights, especially for African Americans. The March for Jobs and Freedom was one part of that movement but it marked a turning point in the fight for civil rights. The March, famous in part because of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have […]

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The Ripple Effect of Shrinking Glaciers

It has long been suspected that human activity is heating our planet and causing environmental changes that are changing Earth’s ecosystems around the globe and in our backyard. Global warming detractors question this, claiming Earth is dynamic and environmental change is natural.  That may be true; however, the issue is not whether Earth is dynamic. […]

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