Oct/Nov 2009

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Blasket Islands
The story of the Blasket Islands is the tale of a lost civilization. Dating back eight centuries from the middle of the 1900s, generations of hard, earthy Irish of a type rarely seen anymore wrested an improbable life from the earth, grazing sheep and cattle on the high, windy cliffs, harvesting potatoes and vegetables, and hunting rabbits and seabirds.
Joe Kovacs


Saints Preserve Us
But in the horse race for Venezuelan sainthood, Jose Gregorio is losing out to Madre Maria de San Jose. She has the more acceptable resume for the Roman Catholic Church, since she led a holy order of nuns serving the poor of Aragua. And, besides, she has the more conventional saintly look, clothed in her classic white wimple and black habit.
William Reese Hamilton


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