Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: “New Caledonia: A Song of America”

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Some novels are filled with descriptive language that pours off the page and into the reader’s visual experience as they journey with the author during the unfolding narrative. William D. McEachern’s latest offering, “New Caledonia: A Song of America,” is his third historical novel and the second in the Caledonia series.

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Americans: Optimistic No More?

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“The present is getting better. The future, not at all.”

So begins a recent New York Times article about a Pew study that shows the public adopting a rather dim outlook. “Even as more Americans say the economy is improving, a clear majority remain fearful about their children’s financial prospects,” it continues.

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The Ninth Day of Av guide for the perplexed (August 1, 2017)

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Based on ancient Jewish sages

1. Forgetfulness feeds oblivion; remembrance breeds deliverance. According to a legend, Napoleon was walking one night in the streets of Paris, hearing lamentations emanating from a synagogue.  When told that the wailing commemorated the 586 BCE destruction of the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem he stated: “People who solemnize ancient history are destined for a glorious future!”  The verb “to remember” (זכור) appears almost 200 times in the Old Testament, including the Ten Commandments. Judaism obligates parents to transfer tradition/memories to the younger generation.

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The Shamrak Report July 25, 2017

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The Shamrak Report is an independent weekly editorial letter published since 2001. The aim is to promote the Jewish point of view on the Arab-Israel conflict; motivate Jewish people and our true friends to uphold the ideals and aspirations of traditional Zionism. The editorial is not sponsored by or affiliated with any government, political party or organization. You may use articles and letters on your website, FaceBook etc.

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NJ 12-year-old’s suicide a plea for cyber-bullying law: GOP candidate Heather Darling

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On June 14, when many Americans honor the adoption of the American Flag on July 14, 1777, a 12-year-old gymnast is believed to have ended her own life after her mother on that day urged officials at the child’s school to clamp down on Internet bullies. The suicide is being investigated although the young girl’s mother hasn’t said bullying played a role in the incident. But the GOP candidate for Morris County Freeholder wants more than just talk about the serious and growing problem of bullying on the worldwide web.

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Have you ever wondered why past memories seem better than present realities?

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The other day my wife and I joined a group of friends at a restaurant that served lobster bakes. It came with a lobster, potato, half ear of corn, and a lot of butter. Everyone at our table loved the meal. I, on the other hand, went back into a memory of my past I hadn’t thought about for too long.

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Israel – a cybersecurity powerhouse

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Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #221

1. According to the June 15, 2017 Wall Street Journal, six Israeli startups (three in the cybersecurity sector) are among the top 25 tech companies, which may be the global leaders of tomorrow.

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The Shamrak Report July 18, 2017

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The Shamrak Report is an independent weekly editorial letter published since 2001. The aim is to promote the Jewish point of view on the Arab-Israel conflict; motivate Jewish people and our true friends to uphold the ideals and aspirations of traditional Zionism. The editorial is not sponsored by or affiliated with any government, political party or organization. You may use articles and letters on your website, FaceBook etc.

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Our National Culture: What’s Up, What’s Down

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One of the upsides to the Internet? All that information.

One of the downsides? All that information. Tons of it, spread all over the place. And who knows what’s reliable and what isn’t?

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Obstacles to peace: a politically-incorrect diagnosis

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Political-correctness suggests that the resolution of the Palestinian issue is predicated upon a dramatic Israeli land-concession and the establishment of a Palestinian state: the two state solution.

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