October 2013

Huckleberry Finn: A Misunderstood Classic

Huckleberry Finn: A Misunderstood Classic By Dr. Lorin Swinehart “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”   Generations of parents, teachers and screenwriters have erroneously portrayed Mark Twain’s greatest classic as a children’s story. Containing thirteen killings and depicting the evils of slavery, racism, alcoholism, bigotry, child abuse and corruption, it hardly …

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THE HUMMINGBIRDS—Past and Present By Tony Burton   Pre-conquest Mexicans regarded the acrobatic hummingbird with a certain awe. In the Magliabecchiano Codex (dating from the mid-sixteenth century and now in Florence, Italy) an Indian artist depicts the god Quetzalcoatl with a feathered headdress, feeding at a tubular blossom protruding out of the headdress is a …

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Sunday Best

Sunday Best By Kathy Koches   When I was a kid back in the ‘50’s, and we were going somewhere special, like out to dinner or to visit my relatives, we all dressed up in our “Sunday Best.” For my mother, sister and me, this meant pretty dresses with petticoats, black or white patent leather …

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