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A Trip of a lifetime at 55 Years Married Claudette and Vincent Sanzotti in Vienna

Our trip to Vienna then a cruise west on the Danube, Main, and Rhine to Amsterdam was a trip of a lifetime. We left August 26 and returned September 16th. We loved every mile of the trip, wonderful food, sites, and folks. The Grand Circle Travel Co. knows how to do it. Our exchange for three nights in Vienna added so much to the experience allowing us to experience “old” Vienna with a stay at the Marriott Vienna. The hotel is within walking distance of all the famous landmarks. We particularly enjoyed the 24-hour buffet, the proximity to shopping/sightseeing, the indoor pool and the large excellent rooms. We are both musicians and teachers of music thus we appreciated very much the monuments

Are We Losing Our Stoicism In The U.S.?

Stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy that first appeared in Athens in around 300 BC, seemed to be making a modern revival during the past fifty years or so. This was happening in the U.S. and most western European countries, but recently has taken a backward step, in my opinion. Ancient Stoicism has just a few teachings; it sets out to remind us how unpredictable the world appears to be. Our time on this planet is so brief that it is imperative that we act to control ourselves. Most of our dissatisfactions with events are a result of our reflective senses rather that reason. Stoicism is not concerned with theory or complicated value sets. It is mostly aiming at helping us overcome destruct

Why I Am An Atheist

Recent debates here in Australia, in the U.S. and around the Western world has been focused on immigration and religious intolerance. The minor kerfuffle about ‘no religion’ being given poll position on the upcoming census form has also heightened debate. Debate, of course, is a very good thing, so I thought I would share ten reasons I am an atheist to reassure anyone thinking of pointing a finger my way that you have nothing to worry about. 1. I didn’t have to convert. I didn’t have to tell anyone. And it was free. No money changed hands and no guilt was applied. I just said to myself, “I’m and atheist” and it was done. Welcome aboard. 2. Once I recognized I was an atheist, I didn’t have to

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