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Conversations with high school classmates: Teresa Thein Meschini

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Due to the Mayo Clinic, it’s not a surprise to find many physicians, nurses, and health professionals among 140 people in my high school class.  But of course they’ve engaged in other lines of work too, including law, IT, engineering, education, social work, the military, and small business.  Belonging to the last category is Teresa Thein Meschini, who has been raising four kids while running a wine business with her husband. 

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Conversations with high school classmates

Three or four years after college, I realized a desire to live my life as if to create a work of art.  The lofty desire came partially from reading some of Auden’s early poetry.  I hadn’t read anything by him, except for “The Shield of Achilles” assigned by Rosamond Spring in a Great Books college class. Prompted by a scene in the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” wherein a minor character reads out loud “Funeral Blues,” I sought out some of Auden’s voluminous poetry and prose.  I don’t think I understood half of it, but I was definitely taken by the impressive range of his mind and of course his poetic lyricism.

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My memories of high school

Mr. Kroska, RIP.  I took his class in tenth grade, the same year this photo was taken. ~ pc Lourdes Foundation

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Five recent articles on Vietnamese history

This summer has been one on Vietnamese history: some for research and some for the sheer pleasure of knowledge.  Before turning to prepping for fall classes, I wish to have one more write-up about several articles read in the last two months.  The focus is Vietnamese history but away from the Vietnam War.  Below, I go over each article in chronological order of their topics.

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My article on reeducation camps and anticommunism

Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar’s article can be accessed at her Academia page, and mine from my page, which also includes the introduction to both articles by Lan Chu.

My last post is about a long history article on American Catholicism.  This post is about another long one: my own.  It is published in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and the entire issue should come out by the end of the month.

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Research article on Catholic clergy sexual abuse

Most historical research articles published in academic journals come between 8000 and 12,000 words each, notes included.  They translate to approximately 16-30 pages long, depending on formatting.   Occasionally, however, a journal may choose to publish a considerably longer article.  In the last three months, I’ve read three such long articles: 49, 70, and 75 pages, respectively, and wrote up on one of them.

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Lịch sử nước Mỹ #7: Người da đỏ thế kỷ 15

Câu đố: Nước Mỹ có 50 tiểu bang.  Bao nhiêu tiểu bang có tên gốc da đỏ?  10 tiểu bang?  15? 20? 25? 30? 40? 

Vào cuối thế kỷ thứ 15, tức thời kỳ Âu Châu thám hiểm đến Bắc Mỹ, thế giới thổ dân da đỏ thay đổi khá nhiều từ hay thế kỷ trước.  Về dân số thì ước tính từ ba đến sáu triệu người trước khi Christopher Columbus và người Âu Châu qua. Còn toàn Tân Thế Giới thì từ 10 đến 20 triệu người. Trên một lục địa lớn lao, người da đỏ có đủ thành phần về cơ sở, tổ chức, kinh tế, v.v.

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Lullaby of Birdland over the years


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The Vietnamese term huyền thoại

Thạch Lam by the painter Đinh Cường ~ pc

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