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Layers of Paint, Layers of Lives

March 18, 2019

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While in Morocco, Dan and I had the unique opportunity to spend the day with a friend of one of Dan’s friends.  Mhammad Benaboud is a native of Tetouan, a town about an hour’s drive from Tangier. He has spent most of his life having a love affair with his native town. And, he has been […]

Why Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem

February 5, 2019

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In this age of rapid-fire communication, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the bad news that keeps popping up everywhere: Horrific weather events keep gently nudging us that we are on a collision course with the environment, and that far worse is in store. Democracies around the world are failing, replaced by dictators, […]

What’s in A Wall?

January 8, 2019

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Like the rest of the country, Life in the Boomer Lane has been thinking a lot about The Wall.  In her case, it is the brick wall surrounding her living room fireplace. This wall has had a tragic history, ever since she covered the ugly brick with beautiful white paneling.  She has now had to rebuild […]

Tracings

October 31, 2018

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It’s impossible to say what remains of a life departed. To loved ones, vivid memories, for sure.  To those who came in more casual contact, moments of memories less vivid. To those who never knew the departed, perhaps an awareness of who they had been in life. What is left of those who were never […]

A Look Back and A Look Way Back

August 13, 2018

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After Then Husband and I married and went to grad school, we lived frugally and saved most of our monthly fellowship stipends.  At the end of the year, we had saved enough for a student flight to Europe, two sleeping bags, a Coleman stove, and a pup tent. We had enough left over for eight […]

Balk Like An Egyptian

February 28, 2018

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Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.   Along with an astonishing number of artifacts, what makes this tomb especially exciting is that it likely belongs to a high-ranking female official by the name of Heptet.  In addition to being a high-ranking official, Heptet was also a priestess. […]

Jesus and James, Bros for Life

December 5, 2017

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In an astonishing find to usher in the Christmas holiday season, scholars have found a copy of the original Greek manuscript describing what Jesus secretly taught his brother James. According to Science Daily, Biblical scholars at the University of Texas at Austin discovered the manuscript in the Nag Hammadi Library at Oxford University, where it […]