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El Refranero Español: La mujer mala es como la falsa moneda, que de mano en mano va y ninguno se la queda

Manuel de Falla

Manuel de Falla
(1876-1946), Musician, Spain

How to save your own life during a heart attack

What you do during a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death. If you're having a heart attack and there is no one there to perform CPR on you, do the following:

· Immediately take a deep breath and cough twice, as hard as you can.

· Wait a couple of seconds, take another deep breath, and again cough twice. This will contract your diaphragm and compress the heart, causing it to pump.

· Call 911

This is a simple form of self CPR.

· Keep repeating the process until your heart begins to beat normally (or until help arrives).

· Once your heart has stabilized, chew and swallow one aspirin

· Take two cayenne pepper capsules or a table spoon of Tabasco sauce.

Aspirin will thin your blood and prevent platelets from sticking. Tabasco or cayenne will dilate your blood vessels so that blood can flow freely.

This a simple technique that can dramatically increase your chances of survival.


Are you or someone you know afflicted by a stroke? See here
¿Ha tenido Ud. o alguien que Ud. conoce una embolia? Lea aquí

El Trovador restaurant
Iraq War Casualties
Just so we remember

US and Coalition Iraq War casualties as of October 27, 2004 -- Days: 588

Total contractors dead (see here)
Who were they? See here
Total US Wounded
as of 10/26/04
Total Coalition Dead
Avge. per day:

1,249

 

2.12

Iraqis dead
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it. -Mark Twain
Fascinating World Facts
Madrid, destino europeo
Kerry para Presidente
Mucho se ha hablado y escrito sobre las elecciones en nuestro país. En pocos días se dilucidará todo y los hispanos, por vez primera en la historia de este país, tenemos la oportunidad de elegir al presidente. Nuestros números –más de 40 millones- van a ser decisivos en esta campaña. Siga leyendo


Audiences can delight to the passion and fire of flamenco from the heart of Spain as Arte Flamenco comes to the City of Gaithersburg for two performances on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road.

U.S. Investors and Its Multinationals Will Emerge As Main Winners from CAFTA Ratification.
"These privileges come at the expense of environmental protection, legislative independence, and a nation's right to autonomously determine social and economic policy". Keep reading

Natali FaniThe Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County,
celebrated its 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Gala and Awards Ceremony on October 15th at the Bethesda Marriot. The honorees were Kim Propeak, Co-Director of CASA of Maryland for her untiring efforts on behalf of the Hispanic community and Natali Fani. Keep reading

La Oficina del Enlace Hispano del Alcalde O’Malley y la Casa de Asís presentan la Cuarta Feria de Salud, una evaluación ilingüe y GRATIS de su salud para detectar diabetes, alta presión sanguínea y la enfermedad del riñón. El sábado 30 de Octubre del 2004 en el Salón de la Iglesia de San Patricio, 1728 Bank Street, esquina a Broadway. Siga leyendo

The Puertorican club has two dances coming up: Halloween and 30th Anniversary

Angel Gil-OrdoñezPost-Classical Ensemble, called by the Washington Post "a welcome, edgy addition to the musical life of Washington", was created by Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Joseph Horowitz in 2001. This year, "Mexican Revolutionaries" will be presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute and the University of Maryland on Thursday November 18th at the Cultural Institute. Keep reading

"As a former Reagan-administration official, registered Republican, born-again Christian, and traditional conservative, I am going to vote for John Kerry. So are many other old-line Republicans. Here's why."


Tony Salazar is running for Congress against Elijah Cummings. Keep reading.


The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is once again under attack. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposes changes to the CRA. Keep reading

The Greater Baltimore Committee announced the 12 finalists for the First Annual Bridging the Gap awards. 
5 of the 12 finalists for these prestigious awards were  members of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  The three winners were American Skyline Insurance, Respira Medical, and USmax Corp. for making this distinguished list. Congratulations to all.

Spanish influence looms large.
On Oct. 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed into history by making a giant mistake. But the voyage, underwritten by the Spanish monarchy, resulted in the powerful Latino voting bloc in the US today. Keep reading

Congressional Democrats in the Hispanic caucus are accusing the White House of neglecting Latinos. Unemployment among Hispanics has skyrocketed to 6.9 percent and is now 19 percent higher than when President Bush took office. Poverty rates and levels of uninsured mong Hispanics have gone up -- one out of three Hispanics lacking health insurance." Keep reading

Attending preschool allows poor and minority children to shrink the "achievement gap" separating them from white, affluent students. Keep reading

El Teatro Gala comienza su nueva temporada con México: Noches Bohemias del 7 al 17 de octubre en el Instituto Cultural de México. Siga leyendo

Y el Teatro de La Luna abre también su temporada 2004-2005: Memoria y Pasión, con la primera obra: La Lechuga del 15 de octubre al 13 de noviembre. Siga leyendo

La nueva forma del castellano no tiene precio. Vea los sugeridos cambios en la sección de humor

The Republican approach to the Economy is not producing the right results and the middle class pays for it. Keep reading

Sin poder vender lo que producen, ni comprar lo que necesitan, careciendo del turismo del Norte y con las cuentas bancarias congeladas,  ha sido un milagro la supervivencia de Cuba See Herrera
Luis GutierrezThe Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) has released a proposal requiring hospitals to ask emergency room patients their immigration status, along with their name, address, and phone number, in order to identify undocumented immigrants. Immigrant families, regardless of their immigration status, will likely be terrified and confused by these questions and accordingly avoid seeking emergency room care. Keep reading

Political philosophy explained clearly: Liberals, Conservatives, Populists and Libertarians. Keep reading

Letters - Cartas

Coloquio encourages letters to the editor. Please email us your comments
Coloquio acepta cartas al editor. Mándenos su email

Dahrmassage Mr. Bustamante:
Would you be willing to inform your network that on November 2, 2004, the names of four Circuit Court for Montgomery County sitting judges (Hon. Marielsa Bernard, Hon. David Boynton, Hon. Dennis McHugh and Hon. Katherine Savage) will appear on the ballot. Among these is, as stated, that of Judge Marielsa Bernard who is the only Hispanic judge in Montgomery County, and one of the only two Hispanic judges in the whole state of Maryland.  Unfortunately, the sitting judges are not identified as such, as incumbents, nor are they identified by party affiliation.  Daniel Patrick Connell, the candidate for the Libertarian Party, will also appear on the ballot. His name will appear among the others, also without any identifying information. Mr. Connell is not a judge.  He has never undergone the close scrutiny of the judicial selection process. As you can see, there is great likelihood for confusion on the part of the electorate.
It is critically important that the sitting judges be elected.  Particularly, it is of great importance that Judge Bernard be elected since she represents the only Hispanic voice in the judiciary of this County. Can I ask for your assistance with this effort? Should you require any other information please, feel free to contact me.
I am very grateful for your efforts. 
Lotty Rodriguez
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Mr. Bustamante,
Someone from GWU upbraided me for suggesting that I held a special place in my hearts for lying, cheating, manipulative Republicans. She felt I was too strident and that we should not be trying to make enemies out of what should be merely opponents. I respectfully disagree. In my humble estimation, we're in a fight for the future of America and what it means to be American. The Bush administration and anyone who supports them are responsible for a rollback of nearly 50 years of economic and social progress. We've seen Republicans lie, cheat, and steal to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars. They've worked to advance a social, judicial, and constitutional agenda that elevates the beliefs of the evangelical religious right to the status of legislative policy and rule of law at the expense of every other religious faith in the country.  They've opened an even larger gap between the haves and have-nots. It's easy to think of the gap as just wages but we should remember that, in this screwed up system, money buys justice, influence, and opportunity as well so the gap is about SO much more than money.
In my mind, America's core moral and economic strength has come from a society facilitates economic freedom and tolerates diversity of thought and lifestyle better than any other in the first world. It hasn't been perfect and often looks better in theory than in practice. Nevertheless, the Bush administration is making what was messy in hindsight look like social nirvana. We are watching as human and civil right erode before our eyes. We are seeing economic security evaporate for am ever-growing percentage of the population. We are seeing corporations given tacit permission to trample the security and livelihood of he working class by cutting wages relative to inflation and destroying benefits entirely. We are seeing freedom of public speech and assembly crushed as we watch. If someone came into America (Let's say the Chinese, for the sake of argument) and began to effect these changes, I have no doubt that the majority of the American public would see them as an enemy. My point is that, despite he fact that they Americans, the Bush Administration and the Republican party are no less the enemy than if they were foreign invaders.  
We should be prepared to take the moral high ground by being open to all ideas but I believe we're in the midst of a culture war that will do more permanent harm to the future of America than any war or Islamic terrorist attack. It's time we started fighting for what we believe in. America is off course and it will take persistent and thoughtful leadership to undo the damage W has done
Eric Graves
Virginia Grassroots Coalition
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Javier,
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is once again under attack. The Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) proposes changes to the CRA.  As a result,  the National Community Reinvestment Coalition urges your organization and members, concerned citizens and other community groups to take quick action to block the latest attempt to weaken it.   
Passed in 1977, CRA prohibits redlining or discrimination against neighborhoods. Banks and thrifts are obligated to serve all communities in which they are chartered and from which they take deposits. Under CRA, federal agencies examine and rate most banks based on how many loans, investments, and services they offer to low- and moderate-income consumers and neighborhoods.  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is now proposing to significantly  weaken CRA.  If the proposal succeeds, the result will be far less capital for affordable housing and community economic development.
Now we have made it simply for you to comment, all you need to do is click onto http://www.ncrc.org/letters/cra_letter.php  which will take you to a webpage where you can submit your comment to the FDIC.  You need only click on that to submit a letter to FDIC.  This cuts out all the pasting and extra emailing.  It takes all of 30 seconds to do...it couldn't be easier.  Please share this with any friends or relatives.  Numbers matter, they are counting the number of consumer vs. bank that comments on the recent FDIC proposal to weaken the CRA.
The public comment period will end on October 20th, so time is of the essence. Please contact Noelle Melton (nmelton@ncrc.org) or Josh Silver (jsilver@ncrc.org) at 202-628-8866 if you have any questions.  
Gracias,
Antonio "Tony" Arocho, Esq.
Vice-President for Member Organization & Advocacy
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
733 15th Street,NW Suite 540
Washington, D.C. 20005
telephone:  202.628.8866 -- fax:  202.628.9800
E-mail:  aarocho@ncrc.org web:  www.ncrc.org
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Javier,
The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking for students in grades 7 th-12 th to volunteer during the upcoming Presidential Elections, Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 4p.m. to 9 p.m. Students must attend a mandatory 1-hour training session, Saturday, October 23, 2004 (11a.m.-12p.m.), at the Board of Elections. Volunteers will assist voters at neighboring voting precincts and will receive a total of 8 Community Service Credit Hours required before graduation. Please download, print, and fax ( 240.777.8505) the following Student Volunteer Application to the Board of Elections as soon as possible. Spots are limited, so please do not procrastinate. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Deadline: Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 5PM. For additional information, contact Dr. Gilberto A. Zelaya, 240.777.8532. Regards,
Gilberto A. Zelaya II, PhD
Montgomery County Board of Elections
751 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: 240.777.8532
Fax: 240.777.8505
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Javier,
The only problem with the debates that I see from a Latino/Hispanic perspective is that neither candidate took time to ever refer to the Central and South American region and their role in international security issues.  Ignoring immigration issues, considering that 800 million or so people live in the region, even a passing reference to Latino/Hispanic issues would have been appropriate.
Ralph I. Miller
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Good morning Javier:  Allow me to make a correction please.  In regards to the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, I wrote the website was www.NLAAD.com it is actually www.NLAAD.org.  Also, testing and counseling will be taking place at the Plaza Hispana at the Fells Point Festival Sunday, October 3rd from 11 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Thank you for allowing to disseminate this information to the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Regards,
Alfredo Santiago
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Dear Javier,
Thanks for taking time to talk with me about my "letter campaign"  to reach more Hispanics who are citizens but who haven't yet registered to vote. I've attached the two letters as RTF files, which just about any word processing program should be able to open and read. Within a day or two I'll send you the Spanish translations.
Here are my thoughts on what the basic strategy might be to get the letters distributed to the customers of the Hispanic businesses: 1) Telephone the Hispanic chambers of commerce, other Hispanic associations, “Hispanic Yellow Pages,” local Hispanic newspapers, churches, etc. (that is, anybody with a mailing list and/or membership). Explain the concept of this “business letter” (to go to their association member businesses or their advertisers) and ask if they would consider sending out this “business letter.” 2) Association, newspaper, etc. receives both letters (“business letter” and “client letter”) and sends the “business letter” via e-mail (or postal mail, with a computer disk with the “client letter”) to its members/advertisers. 3) Business owner reads the “business letter,” and decides to send out the “client letter” by, for example, e-mail or postal mail to his customers. 5) Client reads the letter, decides to call his or her state and request a voter registration form, or fills out the registration form on the Internet.
Key target businesses might include: real estate agents, insurance agents, mortgage bankers, and immigration lawyers, i.e., Hispanic businesses more likely to work with Hispanics who have become citizens.(Plus churches with a large number of Hispanics in the congregation?)
Please let me know how this works out. And, as I mentioned on the phone, please don't mention my name to other persons; I'm not sure my employer would approve of my efforts.
Best wishes with all your efforts,
A friend
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Javier,
En Noviembre de este año mi pagina  web "Tauromaquia en el Perú" estrará cumpliendo diez años de presencia ininterrumpida en el Internet.
Recuerdo que fuiste tu quien me inspiró  a construir un portal de homenaje a mi padre , despues de ver el trabajo que habias hecho con la página de Mario Carrión.
Miles de aficionados de todo el mundo la han visitado en ese tiempo y quiero invitar por medio de El Coloquio, a quienes les interese el tema, a pulsar éste enlace: http://www.geocities.com/ramoscespedes/
Gracias nuevamente.
Ramos (Pepe) Céspedes
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Hola Javier:  Just wanted to give you an FYI...October 15th is the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Baltimore City Health Department, AIDS Admin, HERO and Chase Brexton Health Services will be doing testing and couseling and disseminating information at the Plaza Hispana Sunday from 11 am until 7 p.m.  For more information regarding this day, you can log onto www.NLAAD.com
Alfredo  Santiago
Chase Brexton Health Services
410 486-2910 x 121
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Corresponsales

Coloquio no se responsabiliza de las opiniones de nuestros corresponsales.
Coloquio is not responsible for the opinion of our correspondents.

Emilio Labrada Emilio Bernal Labrada, miembro de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, es autor de La prensa liEbre o Los crímenes del idioma. Pedidos a: emiliolabrada@msn.com

Language, Our Daily Fiesta

SIGUE LA «PLAGA»

«Ahí viene la plaga», decía la canción. Pero por lo que se oye en los medios informativos, creo que ya llegó y se ha quedado a vivir. Se llama (digámosle así) «espanglitis».

Por ejemplo, en una noticia sobre el Festival de Cine de Venecia -dicho sea de paso festivo (como lo indica su nombre), fastuoso y fuera de serie-, nos ha comentado el narrador que fue «un acontecimiento "plagado" de estrellas». La plaga, evidentemente, es lo que tiene ese pobre señor en la cabeza, pues las estrellas, que sepamos, no son una «plaga», que denota algo nocivo, inconveniente. Seguramente quiso decir «tachonado», que significa «cubierto», «repleto».Poco después, y por pura casualidad, leímos una noticia sobre un tren que, según decía el texto, «plagaba la línea» entre dos ciudades. Esto nos dejó por un instante «plagados» de perplejidad. Es decir, hasta que recordamos que en inglés para tales casos es común la frase «plied the line», de donde seguramente la transliteró el improvisado traductor. Suponemos que quiso decir que el tren «hacía el recorrido» entre dos puntos con mucha frecuencia. Pero se ve que vamos a tener que emplear un plaguicida (eso que los anglófilos llaman «pesticida», aunque ya está en el diccionario) para acabar con este maniático uso y abuso de la «plaga», que sin ton ni son nos persigue irremisiblemente.

Pero es dura esta batalla que estamos «liberando» (así nos lo dice uno de los presentadores de una gran cadena) en pro del idioma. ¿Será que las batallas ya no se «libran», sino que, por estar presas, se «liberan»? Para colmo de males, les cito la frase completa -y pulcramente pronunciada- del señor locutor: «liberaron una intensa batalla para liberar a los rehenes». Líbrenos Dios de cometer yerros analógicos tan simplones, aunque reconozcamos que a cualquiera puede escapársele semejante gazapo. Lo que no puede ni debe escaparse, es algo del siguiente tenor, dicho por otro de nuestros amigos los presentadores: «y la batalla estaba unida». Preguntaránse ustedes de dónde vendría semejante concepto: ¿es que acaso hay batallas «desunidas»? No, mis amables lectores, ya ustedes lo saben: nada de eso. Lo que sucede tiene que ver con otra errónea traducción literal o transliteración. La frase "the battle is joined" significa sencillamente, en buen inglés de cierto cariz militar, que la batalla ha dado comienzo, que se ha iniciado. ! O sea, más sintéticamente: «y se libró la batalla». Nada que ver con «unión».

Como decíamos, líbrenos Dios de la PLAGA del «espanglitis», pues está visto que en la batalla que LIBRAMOS estamos algo menos que UNIDOS


Barak Obama

Larry DeWitt is an historian and self-described political populist. Larry is a specialist in 20th century U.S. history and public policy. Born in the Southwestern U.S., he has lived in the East for the last 18 years. His commentaries on politics and society still retain the populist spirit of the rural West. See Larry’s past columns here

Identity Group Politics and the Future of the Democratic Party

August 8, 2004

As the keynote speaker at the July 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Illinois Senate-candidate Barack Obama thrilled the jaded convention-goers, although it is not clear that they knew why. They thought it had something to do with his "compelling biography" and his likeable personality.

After all, Obama, is the son of a mixed-marriage between a black Kenyan father and a white mother from the farms of Kansas. He had graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He had edited the Harvard Law Review. Keep reading


Eric GoodmanEric D. Goodman is a professional writer and editor. He is winner of the Newsletter on Newsletter’s Gold Award for superior electronic newsletter editing and is a two-time finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project founded by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Eric writes both fiction and non-fiction. One of his novels, Thirteen to Gorky, is set in Russia. "Vodka in the Sun" was originally published in "Travel Insights" . Eric resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and daughter. Contact Eric at edgwriter@hotmail.com to discuss reading, writing and Russia.

TRAVEL - VIAJES

Vodka in the Sun: Cruising the Motherland

 A Little Respect

 Virtually all signs of aspen and birch had given way to full forests of pine and spruce along the river as the cruse of the Rodina continued. The final excursion of our cruise was to yet another holy island—the island of Valaam.

While Valaam held as many religious wonders as the other two islands—ancient cathedrals, monasteries and souvenirs galore—we found the most joy on this island in the Scandinavian splendor of its nature. Flat, smooth rocks made up the shores, and rocky cliffs were topped off by pine trees, roots exposed along the rocky edges.

That’s not to belittle the man-made and God-inspired sights. In one ancient church of brick, inside a brick fortress at the top of a hill, we listened to monks sing angelically. Then, as though to break the illusion of being in the past, they peddled CDs of their music. Another more modern church of wood displayed impressive new icons and sold blessed Russian Orthodox crosses and the crests of saints.

But after visiting some of the churches and monasteries of Valaam, we hiked the forest and the open plains. At a dusty crossroad, we met a Swedish couple from another cruise ship. “Good day,” they greeted. “The water’s lovely, you should take a dip.” They pointed to the lake behind the trees, hidden from the path. We went, and there we found locals as well as visitors swimming.

After a forest hike, we came out along the far shore of the island where an out-of-the-way monastery was fenced off on a detached island off the larger one. Marveling at the surrounding nature, we walked the monk-made bridge of wood to the smaller island, opened the wooden door, and entered the quiet grounds. No tourists were here. This was not an attraction—only to us because it was not. We spied a few monks picking berries. Another was swimming in the river.

Feeling a bit intrusive, we turned and retreated. We enjoyed the view from the smooth-stoned shore at the other side of the bridge. As we did, we saw a monk come from the door, walk to our end of the bridge, and lean against the ledge, enjoying the view himself. It was as though he was protecting the property of his brothers from us. I nodded politely at him; he gave a sour look before returning his glance to the water and trees.

The Russian Orthodox monk was dressed in a thin black summer robe, black pants underneath and black sneakers. A silver cross hung from a silver chain around his neck. His hair was as black as his long, full beard, both streaked with silver.

Almost as though expected, the monk hardened his look as two new visitors arrived: a teenaged couple. The man wore tight, revealing swim pants. His shapely counterpart wore an even more revealing two-piece. They were dressed to swim. But they began to walk the bridge.

The monk stood tall across the width of the bridge, his legs spread to block their passage. He held out his hand to stop them. Fortunately, my companion spoke Russian and could translate.

“You shall not pass,” he said.

“We just want to see --“

“We are closed to the public. Show some respect to my brothers.”

Obviously annoyed, the couple turned. But they didn’t walk away. They basked in the sun on the stony shore, just beyond the bridge, near us. The pretended to be enjoying the view. They seemed more to enjoy disturbing the monk.

It was all the monk could do to resist the temptation of looking at the woman’s fine body. In fact, he didn’t resist, though it troubled him. “For the love of God, dress yourselves! Wear some clothes,” the monk yelled to them.

“We are dressed—for summer,” the girl called back.

“Show some respect for men of God! Don’t come around here like that.”

The monk continued to lean against the wooden ledge of the bridge’s railing. Thinking. Trying not to look at the scantily clad couple. Refusing to look at us. Then, another family came along. It was the Swedish family.

“Is the monastery open,” the woman asked in Russian.

“Nyet,” replied the monk.

“Oh. Could you tell us how to get back to --“

“What, you couldn’t afford a map?” The monk looked to their collection of clay figurines, mud bells, picture books and cups. He looked at their opened bottles of beer.

“I’m sorry,” the Swedish man said, “but we’re not from here. We’re on an excursion.”

“Of course,” the monk said. He complained about how difficult it was to live a secluded life with all of the tourists running about, trespassing and littering. “I don’t know who is worse—the naked locals or the tourists.”

All he wanted was a little respect. And I could perfectly understand. But as I saw it, this man of God could have been more forgiving. More tolerant. More, dare I say, Christ like.

Later that evening, as we approached a monastery along the more traveled path, we saw the same monk. He carried a cloth bag with him. He smiled at a young mother and her five-year-old daughter. They stopped for a cheerful exchange. He pulled from his bag some freshly-picked berries. He gave them to the little girl and told her to share them with her mother. He seemed such a kind man that it was hard to believe he was the same monk we had seen earlier.

Perhaps he was forgiving, tolerant and Christ like. But in less than half an hour he was drawn out of his sanctuary by trespassers, attacked by two naked local teens, and then questioned by another pair of foreigners rich enough to buy souvenirs but too poor to afford a map. When that happens day after day, day in and day out, it’s bound to cultivate moments of weakness. He deserved the respect he sought.

The Price of Popularity

 As the Rodina took us south, back toward St. Petersburg, the monk remained on my mind. Being on the map as a tourist attraction brings as much problem as prosperity in the eyes of some residents. With visiting foreigners, otherwise dead economies flourish. At the same time, authenticity and sanctity take second seat to catering and showmanship. Keepin’ it real isn’t easy when you’re entertaining the visiting masses. And who wants unannounced dinner guests every night?

But this isn’t Valaam’s problem, nor is it Russia’s problem. It can be seen all around the world. As billboards of camels and Marlboro men and golden arches are put up, they cover the genuine beauty of the natural landscape behind. Places become less unique and more uniform. Fortunately, we didn’t see a McDonald’s during the cruise. But next time, we may.

“Show some respect for our culture,” I could hear the monk saying. But in time, I’m sure he would come around and order a Big Mac and milk cocktail, if only out of curiosity … or convenience.


HUMOR

por Fermín García Rodríguez

En vista de la evolución del castellano en los últimos años, debido a las aportaciones realizadas por los jóvenes, la Real Academia de la Lengua dará a conocer, la reforma modelo 2004 de la ortografía española, que tiene como objetivo unificar el español como lengua universal de los hispanohablantes. Siga leyendo la presentación de Power Point.

Y las respuestas (y comentarios de un profesor) a las barbaridades coloridas de los alumnos. Siga leyendo




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