Archive - December 22, 2014

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Table Talk
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A Christmas Message from the JKF Library

Table Talk

Recently, we attended a barbecue hosted by one of hubby’s cyclist friends.  After a couple hours, the meat was finally ready and the men had exhausted the topic of cycling. Seated at the long table, I tried to follow the different strains of lively conversation. In spite of the decades I’ve lived here, I tend to be quiet at large social gatherings, self-conscious of my accented Spanish. This allows me to listen and observe – and learn, especially when it comes to politics. Even after forty-one years since the military coup, the circumstances preceding and following the coup continue to be a frequent subject of differing and strong opinions. Last night was no exception as the conversation turned to Chile’s painful past during the Allende government and the military government that followed, now often referred to as the military dictatorship. (Interesting how one different word changes the perception.) What called . . .

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A Christmas Message from the JKF Library

The JFK Library has issued a special  Christmas letter that President Kennedy wrote to a little girl who was concerned about the safety of Santa Claus!  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q7HJSMsq20 In President Kennedy’s last year in office, he successfully negotiated a limited test ban treaty with the Soviet Union.  From the Department of State:  Here is the link: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/4797.htm Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water BUREAU OF ARMS CONTROL, VERIFICATION, AND COMPLIANCE Signed at Moscow August 5, 1963 Entered into force October 10, 1963 On a personal note, if I may, this was a special Christmas surprise for me.  October 10, 1963 was the day I became a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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