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France 2015: Paris & Versailles

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  Paris: rue Rambuteau (4ème) France 2015: Paris & Versailles I lived in Paris from January through June 1992 but did not have the opportunity to return to the City of Light until May 2015; my week in Paris was a trip down memory lane, bringing back a flood of memories from the six months I […]

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Europe 2017: Norway Iceland Spain

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Europe 2017: Norway Iceland Spain I spent five weeks in Europe in 2017, two in Norway, two in Spain and one in Iceland; it was the longest trip of my life, exceeding even the four weeks I spent in Korea in June and July 2015; these are some of my photos of the trip and […]

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I want a president… (10.17.16)

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I want a president… by Pauline Park 17 October 2016 I want a president who reflects my values, not the values of the Wall Street oligarchy as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do. I want a president who stands up to Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry instead of fanning the flames of prejudice and […]

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Memorial Day 2016 reflections on war

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Memorial Day 2016 reflections on war I’m watching all of the media coverage of Memorial Day parades and thinking about how superficial and simplistic it all is. War is never good, but is occasionally necessary (the Civil War, World War II); but most wars are unnecessary (the Hundred Years’ War, Hideyoshi’s invasion of Korea, the […]

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Hillary Clinton is not my abuela

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Hillary Clinton is not my abuela by Pauline Park “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela” has provoked overwhelmingly negative reactions from Latinos and Latinos. Within hours of the posting of the absurd piece of #Hispandering on HillaryClinton.com on Dec. 21, outraged Latinas took to Twitter to denounce Hillary with the hashtags #NotMyAbuela […]

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Korea 2015: return to the motherland

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Korea 2015: return to the motherland by Pauline Park In June 2015, I returned to Korea for the first time since I left at the age of seven and-a-half months old; it was a momentous trip. These are some photos from the month I spent in the Land of the Morning Calm. June 15 I […]

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Gaza mourns in angst & pain

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  The unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military this week brought to mind a hymn whose text was written by Johann Heermann in 1636, “Zion klagt mit Angst und Schmerzen” (Zion mourns with anxiety and pain); all one needs to do is substitute ‘Gaza’ for ‘Zion’ and the hymn could be sung […]

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Burgundy & the Four Great Dukes of the West

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Rogier Van der Weyden’s only surviving miniature depicts Duke Philip the Good & his son Charles (the future ‘Charles the Bold’) receiving the homage of the author of the Chronicles of Hainault (Le duc de Bourgogne Philippe le Bon et son fils Charles (futur Téméraire) reçoivent l’hommage de l’auteur des Chroniques du Hainault). From 1364-1477, the […]