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Dreams of the waking world

Dreams of the waking world

Purging my mind of the week's events, I prepared for travel as the weak, late-afternoon light ushered in the day’s end. The cool grass, greened by spring rains, invited me to rest my head among the verdant blades. The wind laid down, almost flat, stilling itself, it...

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The caste system that perpetuates racial inequality

The caste system that perpetuates racial inequality

For many years I have believed there is systemic racism in the U.S. regarding our Black population. The needless deaths of Blacks at the hands of the police, the many detailed stories over the years about the day-after-day demeaning treatment that Blacks have always...

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Enduring the stormy weather for better days ahead

Enduring the stormy weather for better days ahead

We got our first storm in what seemed like forever the other day. It was well past due. The Southern Ecuadorian Andes rely on a steady diet of rain, but this season has been parched by the weather phenomenon known as La Niña. Many of the family farmers that we rely on...

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How beer influenced history and made us human

How beer influenced history and made us human

By Kristen Richard It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when and where humans started to brew beer. That’s because it’s been an integral part of many cultures for thousands of years. Until recently, the earliest evidence of beer could be traced back 9,000 years ago to...

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