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    Robert Louis Stevenson Travels With Me

    Almost always the case, I have read about travelers coming to America with bold dreams and meager resources and always succeeding in attaining the great American dream. Didn’t all of our immigrant ancestors valiantly do it? In the 1896 book “The Amateur Emigrant,” author Robert Louis Stevenson poses a different thesis, one that isn’t heard […]

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    Airplanes And Airports

    Airplanes. Don’t you love them. The fastest way to a destination. But don’t you hate them when you fly economy class and they give you seats with leg space fit for a dachshund. Airports. Don’t you hate them. The crowds, the lines, the waits, the schedule changes, the added expense for one more piece of […]

  • Turkey

    First Blog Post…

    “Merhaba.”    That’s Turkish for “hello.”    My sister-in-law Peggy taught me that  word years ago and now I may actually get to use the greeting when I visit the country of Turkey soon. I am traveling to Turkey with Peggy, my brother Phil (Peggy’s husband), and my brother Steve. Peggy, a professor at American University […]

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    Book Review: “Scratch Beginnings”

    [learn_more caption=Info] Book: “Scratch Beginnings“ Subtitled: ” Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream” Authors:Adam W. Shepard, Publisher: Harper Paperbacks Summary: Adam Shepard graduated from college in the summer of 2006 feeling disillusioned by the apathy he saw around him and incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s famous works Nickel and Dimed and Bait and […]

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    Book Review: “The GI Bill”

    [learn_more caption=Info] Book: “The GI Bill: The New Deal for Veterans” Subtitled: ” The New Deal for Veterans” Authors: Glenn C. Altschuler and Stuart M. Blumin Publication date: 2009 Summary: On rare occasions in American history, Congress enacts a measure so astute, so far-reaching, so revolutionary, it enters the language as a metaphor. The Marshall […]