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was talking to a friend of mine this morning whose children are grown and out on their own. My question had to do with whether or not to keep doing one of our annual holiday traditions when it seemed my kids were being pulled to participate in other things, in other directions.

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The happiness that comes from sweets and ice cream, the one from helping others, the one from a child’s innocent reply or behavior, that which is from watching natural sceneries, that you have while loving a person and the one you have through spiritual experiences are not the same, are they?

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The industrial age transformed cities, setting them aglow with light. In the late 1800s, as part of a revitalization of Paris, urban planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann had 20,000 gas lamps installed along its streets.

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There have been plenty of unforgettable moments for Doug Joswick at his friend Drew Eckmann’s house in Ringwood. But an incident last year strayed far from the norm: Joswick arrived at Eckmann’s house on Cupsaw Lake in need of the bathroom. On heading for the tiny downstairs loo, he encountered the actress Mary Louise Parker at an unguarded moment.

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BAGHDAD, Oct. 14 — A journalist for The Washington Post was shot and killed while reporting from a volatile neighborhood in southern Baghdad on Sunday, the newspaper said. The killing, an isolated act that appeared to have been deliberate, was one of at least nine in the capital Sunday.

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Cairo Criminal Court today handed down 75 death sentences, 47 life sentences, and heavy prison sentences ranging from 15 to 5 years to 612 people, in a mass trial related to participation in the al-Rabaa sit-in on 14 August 2013. Among those sentenced was photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as “Shawkan”, who was sentenced to five years, which he has already served.

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