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Don’t be a Dolt – Realtor Agency in Michigan

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello Record-Eagle readers,

For most of us, our real estate is the most valuable asset we own (by far).  As an Ask the Realtor reader, you obviously care about your assets keenly, and you don’t want to be known as a dolt for working at a major disadvantage. More »

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The Monkey House

When I was a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1950s, I worked with rhesus monkeys. These were the macaca mulata that became famous when the Governor of Virginia referred to a young Indian-American reporter as “Macaca, or whatever your name is.” Calling a dark skinned person a monkey can get a politician into real trouble. Indeed, monkeys are particularly nasty critters so calling anyone a monkey is insulting. More »

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Election Monitoring in El Salvador: Part 1

Pat Thornburg, Tommie Jackson and me in our monitoring vests. Photo courtesy of SHARE Foundation - El Salvador

Cathy Stripe LesterA lot of the election procedure in El Salvador is a result of elections having seen so much fraud and corruption in the past. Along with my fellow monitors, I found it fascinating to see how each stage was a counter to a specific abuse. More »

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The NSA Invasion of ‘Privacy’ – What Privacy?

By Robert GilbertThe topic of this blog was, as is often the case, inspired by recent news items. The first was a Bloomberg News article about the success of U.S. Bancorp reprinted in an Idaho newspaper. Under a photo of the bank’s president, Richard Davis, he is quoted at a Boise Chamber of Commerce gathering as follows: More »

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Pansies in Winter

Jo Anne Wilson, Letters From FranceSeems as if that title is an oxymoron, but not here in the Luberon.  I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that everyone plants pansies … in the winter. The hearty flowers soldier on through frost and an occasional snowfall, but never completely die. More »

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Inside Goranovtsi Village, Part III: Feasting and Dancing

By Evelyn WeliverThe tables are filling with people as we walk from the museum and church into the village’s central square. We learn that our group of nine is invited to eat with the secretary of the cultural house and her family! Long tables are set up along the edges of the street and in front of the buildings. The September day is delightful with blue sky and white clouds, clean valley air, 70 degrees and laughter filling the air. More »

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Cathy Stripe LesterI’ve saved my last China blog for the Chinese New Year, today. This year will be the Year of the Horse. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. (I’m a goat, which may or may not explain a lot.) More »

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Inside Goranovtsi Village: Part II, Museum, Church and Grapes

By Evelyn WeliverGrapes are an integral part of life in Bulgaria, from ancient times to the present, as we shall see in the rural life of Goranovtsi Village, Part II.

In Part I our small tour group explores the Hristo Botev Cultural House, Goranovtsi,  Bulgaria, enjoying a warm and friendly welcome from its secretary, president and others. Iva, our translator, is kept busy relaying  information about the weaving, folk costumes and daily living items. Alex, our guide, distributes hand-woven shoulder bags as gifts from the cultural house people. More »

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Now and Then

Jo Anne Wilson, Letters From FranceLife in this area of France (as well as many others) gives us daily reminders of the past. History here goes back centuries.  I can walk out the door of my home in the village of Saignon and gaze up at sections of the old chateau dating back to the 10th century. More »

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Movies for my English Class

John S. Porter(Blogger’s note: Posted on January 17, 2014 on the blog by John S. Porter. is about the lives of expats in Southwest China. I teach English in Guiyang, of Guizhou Province in China.)

Movies of Autumn 2013
The following movies were shown to the Freshmen of the Guizhou Normal HND (Higher National Degree) program . The Freshmen are all about 19 or 20 years old, in the first year at the university. More »

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