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GALLERY: Images of Charleston

Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang …

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IN THE NEWS… Paul Arculus, history remembered

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION BY THE STANDARD NEWSPAPER GROUP – MAY, 2017 North Durham is fortunate to have many excellent authors within our borders, but few are as historically minded as Paul Arculus, author of nine novels, all of which focus on the history of our area. “I am so concerned that small town history in …

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GALLERY: Images of Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles.  ” order_by=”filename” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”400″]

IN THE NEWS… Neil Crone, exit laughing

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION BY THE STANDARD NEWSPAPER GROUP – MAY, 2017 I first met Neil Crone in 1996 when we each launched a book at a writers’ festival in Pickering. I immediately became a fan of the comedian, and am pleased to say, a friend as well. There are very few people in Canadian entertainment …

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GALLERY: Images of historic Port Perry I

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IN THE NEWS… Is There a Doctor in the house?

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION BY CAPS NEWSPAPER – MAY, 2017   The last time I was in a hospital was when I was 14 and had my tonsils removed. I basically remember the anticipation of having unlimited ice cream, however, once the surgery was over and I was presented with a bowl of French vanilla, I …

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GALLERY: Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is in northern Tanzania. It’s home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildebeests and zebras traverse its plains during their annual migration. Livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals. Hominin fossils found in the Olduvai Gorge …

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