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Sisterly Love

By Megan Gabel Sisters Snowflake and Thunder are medium/large black beauties, almost a year old. Their personalities and appearances are very similar. Both are smart, playful, sweet, and friendly. They are full of love and quick to give kisses. They enjoy going for walks and are also content to sprawl in your lap and relax. [...]

The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller Censorship is defined as the suppression or prohibition of parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to somebody’s security. The practice of censorship was long established before Socrates was sentenced to drink a cup of hemlock in 399 BC, and the practice is alive [...]

Music Across the Millennia

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By Tim Hazell Ancient Greek music emerged from a handful of ancient documents inscribed with a vocal notation devised around 450 BC, consisting of alphabetic letters and signs placed above the vowels of Greek words. Ancient Greeks composed music and verse meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments, between 700 [...]

Girls’ Club

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By Joan DiPiero Calico and tortoise-shell cats, not a breed but a color type, are always female (with very few exceptions). Right now, at the SPA, we have perfect examples of all four types—calico, tortoise, and dilute versions of each. Madeline, a black, orange, and white calico sweetheart, is a mellow 2-year-old mama who prefers [...]


REG SPA Miss Nube

By Harry Burrus When I look at Nube, I am propelled into the Klondike—Yukon Territory. I hear the mushers call out their commands: “Gee!” “Haw!” “On By.” But wait, I am in the high desert plateau of the Bajío. No snow. No sleds. I do hear other dog walkers saying, “Leave it!” Déjalo! Nube, however, [...]

Travel News


By Judy Newell Mexico Travel News Treehouse Hotel Offers Eco-friendly Stay An eco-friendly hotel along Mexico’s gorgeous Yucatan Peninsula called the Papaya Playa Project just debuted a completely alternative vacation experience in the form of a luxury treehouse in the jungle. Located in the small coastal town of Tulum—roughly 80 miles south of Cancun—Papaya’s extravagant two-story [...]

The Phoenicians of Middle America

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By Tim Hazell Among the Maya, from the beginning of the pre-classic period, communities were reaching out, often over considerable distances, to obtain raw materials or finished goods. By the time the Spanish came, the Maya were participants in a widespread network of trade and exchange reaching south as far as Panama and north to [...]

The Purpose of a VPN


The Computer Corner By Charles Miller It is not with great expectations that I write this column this week believing that what I explain here will miraculously lead to everyone understanding two very complex technologies, but I am still going to take my best shot. There are two almost universally misunderstood internet connectivity technologies that [...]

SPA Pets of the Month, March 2017

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By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero Tasha and Hermes, young teenage cats, are ready for loving homes. Tasha, an eight-month-old female, white with black distinctive markings and a sweet inquisitive expression, is always eager for lap time and affection. A lovely boy with a creamsicle and white coat, Hermes, a little under a year old, [...]

Shrinking Violets

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By Joan DiPiero Most of our cat adopters decide on “The One” pretty quickly, usually choosing an outgoing cat who speaks “take me, take me” by either jumping on a lap, rubbing against a leg, showing a tummy for petting, or other dramatic moves designed to please. While we are thrilled by these adoptions, we [...]

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