Every four years this is the time of year to think about Presidents. The second inauguration of President Obama is coming up.
Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States and he still has an image problem.
Some scholars say history has given Millard a bum rap. He was dubbed by
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I visited the Santuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico yesterday. I’d been there before. It has always attracted me because of its story. A couple of hundred years ago a priest was martyred at that location and it became a healing and sacred ground.
Hundreds of people visit the tiny adobe church every
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I sat in the courtyard of a beautiful adobe home in the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico the other day and listened to the voice of the dry high desert wind.
The courtyard trees translated the thought for me and lulled me into a meditation of awe and expectation. I only had a
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I had forgotten just how desolately beautiful the high desert can be. I am here in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a few days and although I’ve been here many times before it has been a long time since I felt the land, and the ancients and their culture.
Elegant adobe homes make up
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Some school authorities have lost their way, their knowledge of first amendment constitutional guarantees and especially their common sense. Sometimes zero tolerance is wrong.
Here’s the story.
The date was Wednesday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo.
Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California.
Five students wore
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To those of you who know and remember that for the last few months I have been blogging on the road, I arrived home late last night after 8,330.8 logged miles on this driving trip. It was quite an experience and a cherished one. Some random observations. All across America people are upset with
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Notes from traveling across country. Yesterday my journey eastward took me from Chandler, Arizona thru Payson, AZ and then onto Albuquerque, NM. What a magnificent path through the Tonto National Forrest. Its elongated inclines from seemingly level desert to five thousand feet changed minute to minute. The visual frames from one climate to
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I received a note from a reader in Japan the other day and it reminded me of the dynamics of change. I remember as a kid growing up during World War two and reciting hateful rhymes against the Japanese and in particular Emperor Hirohito. We were at war and our fathers and uncles were
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Somebody better tell Mexico to read history.
Here’s the issue.
The Mexican government claims it owns the intellectual property on various pre-Hispanic artifacts, which Starbucks was using as imagery on mugs. Specifically, it’s upset about images of an Aztec stone calendar and the Pyramid of the Moon from Teotihuacan.
Mexico wants Starbuck to pay
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Here are some Sunday headlines out of the Gulf of Mexico regarding hurricane Ida and oil platforms in the Gulf.
“* BP, Marathon shut production in Gulf of Mexico* Louisiana Offshore Oil Port stops tanker offloading* Chevron, Anadarko evacuating workers, no output shut* Exxon preparing for possible shutdowns (Adds BP, Marathon output shut, Exxon
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