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Explaining this Easter business to newcomers
The Sacramento Bee, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 4/16/2017 2:19:29 PM

One of the pleasures of working and traveling abroad is the unexpected opportunity to look back at your homeland with fresh eyes, like an astronaut viewing Earth from space. That happened to me 42 years ago amid the crowded anguish of frightened Vietnamese refugees [Snip] This seminar on their approaching American life had taken a disturbing turn. An elderly man in back raised his hand. How large exactly are American rabbits?

      


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