Group tours (I hear you groan, but read on) have been a large part of my travel history. I have accompanied many during my years with the Smithsonian....
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Where did Anne the skanky schemer come from? In essence, she is the creation of a many-centuries-long telephone game that turned politically motivated lies into inflammatory gossip and alchemized that gossip into "history."
David Starkey of the Santa Barbara Independent listed ten poetry books he finds fit for giving this season. The new Wallace Stevens collection stands out for me.
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