Archive for January, 2013

Epithany, or Dia de los Reyes

Epithany, or Dia de los Reyes

In some parts of the world the feast of children (celebrating the birth of Christ) takes place on Epithany, January 6th.

My family adhered to German tradition and exchanged gifts on Dec. 24, when at midnight, so the story goes, Christ was born. But because we lived in Guatemala, we also followed the local tradition of having a creche under the Christmas tree. I was in charge of arranging the Nativity Scene, and made sure to place the silvery four-pointed Star ...

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On Empire State College’s Exchange page

On Empire State College’s Exchange page

Memoir Explores Mentor Catana Tully’s Search for Identity; Woman Who “Has Everything” Fills Hole in Her Heart

By: Hope Ferguson | Posted on: 07 January 2013

Catana Tully, at left, appeared to have everything. She was beautiful and smart. She had grown up in the cradle of privilege, being raised in the 1940s as the adored daughter of a German-Guatemalan couple. She grew up to marry, literally, the man of her dreams, and to have a smart, talented and beloved child.

But underneath the placid ...

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Russians should be encouraged to adopt Russian children

Russians should be encouraged to adopt Russian children

The conditions in this particular Russian orphanage do not appear to be unsavory, but the picture seems a bit staged. The Reuters image appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 28, 2012.

These days the media is filled with commentaries regarding Vladimir Putin’s bill banning US citizens from adopting Russian children. It is well known that the action is a “tit-for-tat” retaliation that should not have created political pawns out of orphans, ...

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