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Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Excited about visiting the temples of journalism

Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Excited about visiting the temples of journalism

Tomorrow, Sunday, we leave for our whirlwind tour of the States. Our first stop is New York, where we will also visit the New York Times. I'm pretty excited about it, actually. Not that anything special is supposed to happen. But just to see the place that, most probably, got me somehow into journalism. I am re-posting a post of mine that appeared on +972 Magazine in March 2013, after the death of New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis. We knew each other. Sort of...

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The Dakota War, Manila's Million People March, and "The Little House on the Prairie"

           ("Million People March" against corruption in Manila.  photo by Koryn Iledan)

It was an idyllic outdoor setting for a talk by historian Bill Bolin: surrounded by the trees and the lake at the Shetek Retreat Center in Slayton (near Tracy) in Southwest Minnesota.

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Chinese orphans on the farm of Tracy

I've learned every year China imports a lot of corn and soybean from America. It is still a controversial topic in China because of the relation to GMO.

Meanwhile, I've read some reports on American families' adopting Chinese orphans. However, I've never seen a Chinese orphan in a American family myself until I got the farm in Tracy.

When I saw a Chinese boy toddled on the lawn in Dennis', I had not realized the little boy has congenital heart diseases because he looked so active.

Mr. Dennis, a farmer in Tracy, invited us to have dinner on last Sunday night.

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Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: My heart is in the East

Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: My heart is in the East

Today is one of those days where I remember a poem by the famous Jewish poet of medieval Spain, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi. The first line of “Libi Ba’Mizrach,” (My Heart is in the East) probably his most famous work of art, is: “My heart is in the East, and I am in the uttermost West.”

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perfect day

perfect day

Today was a beautiful day that cheered me up a lot. It was the best time to go to Nationalization Ceremony in S.-Paul, MN right after a great speech of Mr. Steve Oesterle, in Medtronic headquarter in Minneapolis, where I was paralyzed and simultaneously delighted by technical and scientific achievements of Medtronic and personally by Mr. Oesterle.

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Talking with The Wolves

Talking with The Wolves

If you don't know whatthe  "wolf management" means, Ely, Mivesota is where you can learn more about it. In thisl town of about 15 thousand people near the Canadian border is situated the "International wolf center. According to  the website of the center It  opened the doors to its $3 million, 17,000-square-foot facility featuring the "Wolves and Humans" exhibit in June, 1993.

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Laundromat Reflections: A Slice of American Life

Laundromat Reflections: A Slice of American Life

The thought of me doing it in the U.S. gave me a little anxiety.  Doing self-service laundry, that is.  You see, in Manila, it is easy, quick and inexpensive to get someone else to do the laundry, often by hand.  The thought of figuring out the types of washing machines, spin settings, detergents and fabric softeners was enough to give me palpitations.  

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EATING RICE IN AMERICA

As a kid, I used to think the whole world ate rice. Then, at 7 years old, my parents took me on a month-long trip to Europe. I realized I was wrong. People ate other stuff like bread, potatoes, and other stuff unfamiliar to a young Filipino boy! I came back to the Philippines nearly emaciated.  
 

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