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If a tree falls in the forest...?

When I was a little girl, I used to take long walks with my dad in our neighborhood. Sometimes he would tie pieces of candy to the branches of trees before our walk. I would delight in finding them when he pointed to a bird or new buds on a branch. I believed in magic, I believed in the power of trees and I believed him when he told me the “GF” (Good Fairy) had left them for me. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that GF stood for Good Father.

On one such walk Dad presented me with my first riddle: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it makes a sound?”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:27 )

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View From Denver

Mad cyclists, apathetic police

HOW QUAINT. When I was a child, bicycles actually required their own license plates. They were little things, about two-and-a-half inches square. But they were real. They had their own license number and expiration date. One attached the plate right under the seat. All bicycles were pretty much the same back then, a lot less sophisticated than now, and bikes had this little area beneath the seat, perfectly convenient for a license plate. Four of the metal bars out of which the bike was made for...
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View from Central Park

Even in concealment

AN ANGEL walked among us. Now he is no more. Malachi — My Angel — Rosenfeld, riding in a car with his buddies Monday night, on the way home from a basketball meet, was shot at by a Palestinian terrorist. All four guys were shot; one of the wounds, Malachi’s, was critical. “Matsav anush,” the news said. When you hear these words, you know it means the person is already oscillating between this world and the next. Malachi succumbed to his wounds, and an angel who walked amongst us was c...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:36 )

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View From Denver

Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Pat Craig is very understated, very unpretentious. The exact opposite of his passion: lions, tigers, bears, wolves. Craig is the perfect example of Mark Twain’s advice never to let your schooling interfere with your education. Craig has educated himself, all right. Not only about the animals.
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Marijuana today, dementia tomorrow

I AM reading the magazine, Vail Health (2015/2016 annual), specifically an article by Kimberly Nicoletti, “The Aging Brain.” She interviews Vail psychologist Henry Goetze, PhD., who lists a number of causes of dementia and a number of ways to prevent or inhibit it. He suggests refraining from alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, especially when young. “Young men and women should refrain from both alcohol and marijuana abuse. Both of these substances negatively effect the developing brain and ...
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French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

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Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

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