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A National Geographic Love Story

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Mabel Gardiner Hubbard was only five years old when scarlet fever rendered her deaf for life. At the age of 17, she would meet a young Scottish speech therapist who was destined to shape her life. Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Mabel’s father and National Geographic’s first president, took a liking to the industrious teacher and part-time […]

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People I’ve Met Along The Way: Stan Kenton

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Some the earliest recollections of my childhood are of watching my dad play the banjo, saxophone and drums. He and my mother were children of the 1920’s Flapper Era but, both being musicians, they adapted to swing and the syncopated jazz big band sounds of the early thirties and forties. My dad settled on drums […]

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Red Tails – the film even George Lucas almost couldn’t make

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George Lucas, producer director of some of the most profitable films in Hollywood history (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc), has been working on Red Tails, an action-packed, special effects-laden World War II movie for 23 years. He paid for it himself. He figured a studio would eventually come in and pay for distribution and publicity. […]

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Life is a Journey Sometimes Walked in Light, Sometimes in Shadow

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The book, “Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance,” by Native American writer Joseph M. Marshall III, opens with an extended monologue by the spiritual Lakota Sioux grandfather to his grandson, attempting to help him deal with loss. Here’s part of what he says: “In life there is sadness as well as joy, losing as well […]

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Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation

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Sharon and I both love cemeteries. One important aspect of the work we’ve committed ourselves to along our healing journey involves burial grounds. We both turn our heads to check them out when we pass them in our cars. We’ll walk through them and read headstones whether we have relatives buried there or not. Over […]

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People I’ve Met Along The Way – Helen Keller

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I have met so many interesting and famous people in my lifetime that I sometimes forget about those were not as famous as some but were highly interesting, none the less. In my working career as a newsman-journalist in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to meet many and varied personalities from the fields of […]

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On The Road

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I spent more than half of my September on the road this year, traveling from bright Las Vegas to dusty Arizona, through the stunning Mesa Verde, and through corn. So. Much. Corn. The main destination of this adventure was to see my grandmother Elizabeth, or Bette, as we all know her as, for her ninety-sixth […]

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My Remembrance Day

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November, about ten years after the end of World War II: I was standing in my public school auditorium. It was the annual Remembrance Day service. Some students were giggling behind me. My girlfriend, shifting her feet beside me, was picking lint from her poodle skirt. It seemed to me they did not care why […]

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You Are Not Alone

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A long time ago in North America, a great man that came to be known as the “Peacemaker” met with representatives of many northeastern indigenous nations to demonstrate the power of unity. He held a single arrow in the air and with a quick snap demonstrated how easily it could be broken as a single […]

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A Night At Mickey’s Monkey With Etta James

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From the JWSIII series: People I’ve Met Along the Way Author’s prologue: The year 1965 was wrought with political upheaval and dissention, President Lyndon Johnson was ramping up the Viet Nam war, it was  the year of war protests and the Watt’s Riots. It was also the year an underworld character, a bookie who was […]

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