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Pantone’s Colors for Fall 2013 Showing Now in Stores Near You

The luscious Pantone Fall 2013 picks are already showing up in the department stores Fall collections. Oh yummm, they’ve held on to that emerald green!

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July 16, 2013 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, color | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Capital or Capitol?

As I worked on my earlier map post, I needed to know if it is “capital city” or “capitol city.” Yes. It matters.  Here is what I learned at

Capital has multiple meanings: (1) a city that serves as the seat of government; (2) wealth in the form of money or property; (3) an asset or advantage; (4) a capital letter (the type of letter used at the beginning of a sentence).

Capitol refers to the building in which a legislative assembly meets. (Remember that the o in capitol is like the o in the dome of a capitol building.)


  • The dome of the United States Capitol may well be the most famous man-made landmark in America.
  • Juneau is the capital of Alaska.
  • “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.” (Woody Allen)


(a) The United States Capitol is the ______ building that serves as the location for the United States Congress.

(b) It is located in Washington, D.C., the ______ of the United States.

July 16, 2013 Posted by | Communication, Education, Words | Leave a comment

Asiana, You Have Bigger Problems Than the Pranked Pilot Names

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Asiana, when four pilots cannot land a jet on an airstrip on a sunny day with clear visibility, you already have reputation problems. The prank didn’t harm your pilots’ reputations; crashing the plane harmed their reputations.

One commenter on the original post said they are sending their lawyer Mie Su Yu.

July 16, 2013 Posted by | Cultural, Humor, Joke | Leave a comment

Name that Country: A Most Difficult Challenge

This morning, as I was praying for Panama – there is always a diocese listed in the daily lectionary to be prayed for somewhere in the world – I was thinking how I know where Panama is. When we are praying for Nigeria, there are names I haven’t heard of. I now Lagos, and Port Harcourt, but where is Abuja? Owerri? I go to GoogleEarth and look them up.


I struggle with how little the average American knows about geographical location. It’s just embarrassing. Through all the years I lived abroad, most of the time, unless it was Germany, people couldn’t quite place where I was living. Many had heard of Tunisia; we had troops there in World War II, and Saudi Arabia, because they had seen it often enough on the news, but the rest of the Arab Gulf, Jordan, Syria, North Africa – beyond them.


Then, on the first night of one of my grad classes, the professor handed us this map and gave us ten minutes to put in the appropriate country names. He did not, thanks be to God, ask us to put in capitals. Not a single one of us got them all, and this was a class full of nation-oriented people.




It was also on the final exam, three months later, and most of us got them all right – thanks to some fervent cramming and study groups.


Here are a couple more maps, in case you are feeling cocky. See if you can accurately fill in the name of each country:






Bonne chance!




July 16, 2013 Posted by | Africa, Cultural, Education, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Experiment, Geography / Maps, Germany, GoogleEarth, Interconnected, Jordan, Lectionary Readings, Middle East, Pet Peeves, Random Musings, Travel, Tunisia | | Leave a comment