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In view of today's issue of immigration, it is appropriate to include in this blog the 

remarks by Garrison Keillor delivered in Denmark on the 4th of July in 1991.

Fourth of July, 1991 

Rebild, Denmark

Celebration Theme:  Education and Exchange

Speech

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August 29, 2018

When Breath Becomes Air, Inhaled

I have just read Paul Kalanithi’s WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR.  I read it with stops:  to reread, to make notes, to copy passages, and to mentally and emotionally process the content.  Paul’s journey was cut short at age t...

August 21, 2018

The teenage years—a time of transition from children to adults!  I remember how they were for me.  I was ready to spread my wings and fly, but also a little scared.  I am now eighty-eight years old and am writing this for my grandchildren and great g...

January 21, 2018

I admire people who live in the NOW.  Donald Trump is one of those people who lives in NOW.  His response to each moment is quick and, I believe, genuinely expresses what he honestly feels—right NOW.  Since his expressions change so drastically from...

August 13, 2017

Classifications

I was asked to be a substitute teacher in a seventh grade biology class.  The assignment was Chapter 2 in the student’s text.  I had a chance to glance at the title, Classification, and then the bell rang!  I had thirty young minds cro...

August 6, 2017

A well-defined body brings to mind bulging biceps, prominent pectorals or washboard abs. This expresses the concept that the body has a variety of muscles and that with special training each muscle can be consciously developed, identified, and  named...

August 6, 2017

A dictionary is a morgue of mutilated ideas.  Dictionaries can facilitate communication between individuals — even when people are talking to each other across historic ages or when they live in different countries and speak different languages. But...

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