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Ned Beale: In Search of El Dorado

Jack H. Schick

President Ulysses S. Grant had a limited understanding of, and minimal interest in, the complex, seemingly perpetual, turmoil that was the Balkans. He was more apt to fret over Indian "trouble" in the Black Hills than to waste energy trying to comprehend the Herzegovinian Rebellion or the diplomatic moves of The League of Three Emperors. It was part of his job, though. To get his head around it he needed someone who was...



Little Girl Wounded- Cry of the Inner Child

Ella Camp

"The mental scars of any type of victimization last a lifetime," says Marilyn Benoit, M.D., psychiatrist and member of the American Medical Association's National Advisory Council on Family Violence. According to the AMA, "Assault, sexual as well as all other forms, is a silent epidemic growing at an alarming rate. "Over 61% of victims are female children." As with anything else, this has diverse...


How Dick Became Tricky

Neil Killion

The early career of Richard Milhous Nixon. Long before Watergate Nixon's litany of dirty tricks began.....Read about the salacious trial of Alger Hiss, the framing of Jerry Voorhis, Helen Gahagan Douglas and The Pink Sheet and more.... This is a kind of warm-up linked post considering next year's election. It also happens to feature just about the most controversial President in US history. The only President to resign...


Is It Possible To Reinvent One’s Self

Susan Thom

There are so many stages in our lives, but we may eventually find time to reinvent ourselves. This doesn’t mean change to the degree you don’t know yourself anymore, but calming one’s soul to the point of thinking with one's mind in a more positive and spiritual way. This change usually comes when things have reached their potential, and it’s time for a little more rational thinking. We spend so much time...


Cruising the Rainforests of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park

Wayne and Judy Bayliff

The "Other Down Under" destination of New Zealand is on the Bucket List of many Americans -- and justly so. Problem is, New Zealand is a long way from anywhere U.S.A. Consequently, most tourists want to see as much as possible on their first visit. Our suggestion for an orientation trip to New Zealand – book a cruise. The rationale A cruise will visit several ports on the two islands of New Zealand, which is a...



Freakin' Out with Dali... if your mind will allow it!

Robin Brown

ATTENTION! I just friggin' freaked myself out... NO DOUBT! If you want to go on a past MIND-GRIND... of a journey, you best massage your cerebrum a bit before entering this full-blown gemstone!!! Alright... SOOO ... here we GOOO! That day, I pulled out my "journal" to start by writing the date like I did everyday before I started my reflection PROCESS . I flipped back one page to see the date of the day...

Josef Two Shoes

kevin ashton

I first wrote about this extraordinary man back in 2008 and you can read more of that post here . Author and chocolate expert Georg Bernardini said,”Josef Zotter is and will remain at the top of the world-best chocolate manufacturers and by far the most innovative chocolatier of all.” (Chocolate – the reference standard 2015, p. 839). Bernardini, a chocolatier himself and recognised expert, tested chocolate from..


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