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Happy Fourth of July

In a recent NPR/PBS/Marist poll, only 77% of Americans correctly identified Great Britain as the country we declared independence from on July 4. Fewer (70%) knew that we did so in 1776. Aside from what that says about our “informed … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – An American hero

From his last speech, the day before he was assassinated…

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Notes from 2017 – A New Year

At midnight tonight, something changes – in our minds, and nowhere else. It’s like a graffiti artist once wrote on a step of the local library: “Time does not exist, only clocks exist.” That could be a Buddhist aphorism, like … Continue reading

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Notes on Saint Stephen

Today, December 26, is known as Saint Stephen’s Day, and in the UK, as “Boxing Day.” I’ve never understood the latter term – nor does Wikipedia, which says, “There are competing theories for the origins of the term, none of … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – Stille Nacht

“Stille Nacht” is Silent Night in German. On this night, 102 years ago, millions of young men in Europe lay shivering in trenches in northern France. The finest summer anyone could remember had erupted into the most violent war the … Continue reading

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What’s coming to TheFirstGates in 2014?

Thanks to everyone who visited this year, old friends and new.  Here are a few year end musings on where this blog may be going in 2014.   These are not resolutions.  Remembering Yoda’s words to Luke, “Do or do … Continue reading

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Yule ~ The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year

Originally posted on Lily Wight:
Updated 18/12/2014      There are four Solar Quarter Days (two equinoxes and two solstices) on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  Yule or The Winter Solstice is celebrated during a twelve day period from…

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Daily Prompt: Memories of Holidays Past

What is your very favorite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you. Here is a story my father loved to tell. Even in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, when we’d take a … Continue reading

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