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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

The World’s Outsiders (cont.)

In 2001, the date of the publication of this article in National Geographic, there were 8 to 12 million Gypsies scattered across Europe, making them the continent’s largest minority. The exact number is hard to pin down as Gypsies have been regularly under-counted, both by regimes anxious to downplay their profile and by the Gypsies [...]

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The World’s Outsiders

I happened to come across an article about the Roma people written in 2001 and published in the National Geographic Magazine. It is titled, “Gypsies, The Outsiders”.
The article begins with a long description of the Gypsy Pilgrimage in May at Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France. Contrary to my personal experience attending this pilgrimage, the article cites the townspeoples’ [...]

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Some Valentine Thoughts

February 14th and Love is in the Air!
There is a very special bridge in Paris where countless locks are hung — locks that commemorate hearts that are ‘locked’ together. They are all shapes and sizes; sometimes the locks have names or messages on them. I saw a similar bridge in Parma.
I have always been captivated [...]

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A Historic Water Agreement

As someone long interested in international relations and cooperation between countries, I want to share with you that a truly historic event has taken place: the U.S. and Mexico have signed an agreement that ensures that the Colorado River will once again reach the sea. As a resident of the southwest, and also as a [...]

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