Babushkas: A Fulcrum of Russian Life

The babushka is the one constant iconic figure in Russian culture. The first thing you need to know about them is how to properly pronounce their title as westerners often mispronounce it. The emphasis is on the first syllable: BAH-boosh-ka. This title can mean elderly woman, grandmother or granny, but in general it gets treated as a term of respect. It comes from the word baba, which means married woman,

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Walk in My Shoes

It is an all too common sight these days across America, and especially in this otherwise beautiful city on the front range of the Rocky Mountains and home to Fort Carson: people in ragged, dirty clothes stand on busy street corners displaying sad messages drawn on pieces of cardboard boxes, such as “lost job, need money” or “will work for food” or, on the more creative side, “Be glad you

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The Enigmas

You have asked me what the lobster weaves between its golden claws, and I respond to you: The sea knows. You say to me, “What is the ascidia waiting for in its transparent bell? What is it waiting for?” I say to you, it waits as you do for time. You ask me whom the embrace of macrocystis algae will reach? Puzzle it out, riddle it out at a given time, in a

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Boob Tube Junkie

I carefully arranged Blackie, my stuffed dog, on the sky blue table top. I made sure he had a good view of the 13 inch Philco TV. Blackie was my constant companion and every night I rubbed his velvet ears against my cheek as I sucked my thumb and went to sleep. I sat down in my special blue chair courtesy of my Pe′pe′ who had built both the table

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Keystone XL: Not All That It’s Piped Up to Be

The XL Pipeline is a proposed project that runs from the Canadian sand fields to Steel City, Nebraska. From there it goes further south until it reaches Houston and Port Arthur, Texas. It would improve upon the current Keystone Pipeline by cutting the distance between Hardesty, Canada and Steel City, Nebraska nearly in half. The project promises to create jobs, support local industry, and make crude oil more affordable in

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