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Burlington Occupation Ends in November

Peace and harmony of the Burlington Occupy were disrupted on the evening of November 9th, 2011. Just near where I was standing that same evening, a man shot and killed himself. The front man for the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello is from Vermont. Eugene Hutz now lives in the city, but grew up in Burlington. The native Ukrainian and his family first moved to the state in the early 1990s. The Burlington Free Press reported on Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz description of…

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Duben Ghosts of Freedom

I never felt closer to my American heritage (except for maybe during the Olympics this winter) than when Obama came to Prague in April 2010. How odd, this visit, falling between the bombs in the Moscow Metro of Lubyanka and the death of the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, before the Iceland volcano eruptions, spraying ash into the aerospace closing down European airspace. Our freedom and safety does indeed rest on precarious energies. Obama’s speech was a moving reiteration of the shared…

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Cryo-Sauna Spring Fix

Somewhere between the cold sauna and a snowy winter, I found the way to fix the aging process. Or at least thats what my two friends from Belarus and Siberia told me it would do ;) Hot sauna and bikram is so last year, this season I will define myself by regenerating young tissue in the cold. It has become popular through out Europe and is now entering North America for the first time. Anyone looking for a sweatless, painless…

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Fall of the Wall Graffiti in Berlin

Stepping off the plane in Berlin, collecting luggage,  I am glad for the rail system that will take me into the big apple of Europe. Berlin is covered in graffiti. Art reflects life and right now Berlin is celebrating the fall of the wall in 1989. Dinah tells me about the Wall and where it was before the fall and we drive along the fault line from West to East to get from the main train station to her house. Colorful…

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Down and Out in Denver

On more and more corners of downtown Denver, at Speer, Colfax and Broadway I see unwashed people of all gender, race and creed, usually adult, dressed in rags sleepily holding cardboard scraps with marker written messages asking for money. There seems to be several methods of “spare changing.” I see one lady with a baby stroller and a couple of kids crying. I wonder how many times a day she’s pinched them to elicit that reaction. I gave some strung…

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Small Business Expo in Denver

The Small Business Finance Forum at Auraria campus was one of a series that traveled throughout the state in December to help small businesses survive the ongoing financial crisis.  Investment firms clamored for attention at the Tivoli Building near the Pepsi Center in Denver just before Christmas. Walking past Chase and Wells Fargo, I stepped into a crowded suit-dominated function last Tuesday. Booths lined the room representing nearly every bank and credit union in the city of Denver. Counseling sessions were going…

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Toilet Art in Prague

At one end lies the state museum, and continues three city blocks, with a center median as wide as the streets on either side. Crossing the street from one oversized sculpture to another, I notice that for a Sunday morning the crowds seem mild mannered and not as sizeable. This summer the square has a funky new addition, Dada-ish collections of metals and porcelain, making statements on society at large and how we view our life of convenience. Are we…

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Žižkov TV Tower

The TV Tower began operations in the Mahlerovy sady park at Žižkov to cover the television, radio and other telecommunication signals in Prague in 1992. The exhibition of “Babies” sculptures by the artist David Černý may well have helped deter initial objections  concerning health, urban conditions and air traffic safety for the locals of Prague 3, but the residents of Žižkov seem to be getting used to “their” tower now. The transmitter in Prague Petřín, which began in 1953 had become…

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