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BBC News – Egypt bomb kills 17 at Alexandria Coptic church

By idaflo | January 1st, 2011 | No Comments » 

BBC News – Egypt bomb kills 17 at Alexandria Coptic church.

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…marketing “over our dead bodies”.

By idaflo | June 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Cemetery with fireworks overheadMy father told me:  “You can tell much about a people, by the way they treat their dead. Thus, I learned from a very early age, to walk carefully through a cemetery.  You don’t step on the dead. Not out of superstition, but in order to show respect to those now resting there; to honor their life, acknowledging the solemnity of their death, a cause of suffering and loss.  Isn’t each plot of ground in these places purchased by the occupant of the grave…as their last piece of property?  How do they give their consent when what they intended to be a final resting place,  becomes an amusement park?  Of course some would not care, but isn’t it  presumptive for others, to decide for all? Read More »

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After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

By idaflo | May 27th, 2010 | No Comments » 

This is fascinating.  What is he going to say?  Apparently it is no big secret to past researchers, since they have actually published some of the material,  “excepts” for other books and articles.

The man had a capacity for warmth and humor, I hope that is reflected here, and that he doesn’t descend into a whiny petty, bitter or completely cynical old man.  Publication of the books will forever change the conversation about Mark Twain, I suppose that’s what he intended.

Photo of Mark Twain sitting After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: Read More »

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Art Linkletter KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS (Video)

By idaflo | May 26th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Art Linkletter died today.  He was 97.

I used to love watching him when I was a kid.  Kind, funny, smart, sweet and always very very wise.  Farewell Art, we miss you, we’ve missed you on television for a long time. You represented the best that American television had to offer.

With simple questions addressed to normal children, you inspired them to express wonderful, innocent eloquence on your show .

Video came via Gregory L. Jackson

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