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Book Report: Citizens of London

Citizens of London, by Lynne Olson, is a revealing lesson in history, the sobering story of Britain's fight to hold off the Nazi war machine in World War II. The story highlights the savage hardships endured by the U.K. in general, and by the citizens of London in particular, during the brutal air attacks of…
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Book Report: The Sea

The Sea, a novel by John Banville, was published first in 2005. It won the Man Booker Prize, a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Banville, an Irishman who lives in Dublin, has written a long series…
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What the heck is a MOOC?

Funny, isn't it how new words enter the language. I was introduced to the term MOOC, which means "Massive Open On-Line Course" in the sense of instructional courses that are offered (usually free) to anyone who registers, only the first of November, and now it's being profiled on NPR shows and written about in the Sunday…
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You Can Go Home Again

Unlike Thomas Wolfe, the famous North Carolina writer who wrote several American classics dealing with rites of passage, I could, and did, go home again. Of course my wife, Diana, and I have traveled back to Princeton, West Virginia, many, many times over the years. Yet our less-frequent trips are becoming more meaningful as we…
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