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Articles Written By: Marian Pontz

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Lunch with Susan Gottlieb

Lunch with Susan Gottlieb

By Marian Pontz I hear the prayer flags flapping in the wind; so loud that it’s hard to think, too loud for any conversation, and so colorful and beautiful that, as they traverse the mountains, travelers cannot imagine finding anything more beautiful, or more surreal. I have not actually seen…
Lunch with Attufat Akbar

Lunch with Attufat Akbar

Written by Marian Pontz  ON A GLORIOUS SUMMER afternoon, while sitting amongst the boundless array of flowers atop The Belvedere’s deck, talking long enough that the wait staff switched and the lunch customers finished, Attufat Akbar taught me how to be a better person and a grateful citizen. Ms. Akbar was invited for…
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By Marian Pontz Once again, award-winning author Patricia McCormick has written a young adult book that’s appeared on shelves just when we needed it most. “The Plot To Kill Hitler” tells the true story of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a member of the Nazi resistance. Though most of us are aware…
Lunch with Jennie Groff

Lunch with Jennie Groff

Picture of Jennie Groff  Throughout our county, multi-colored signs have been popping up all over, proclaiming first in Spanish, then in English, and finally in Arabic: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” The signs make me smile and warm my heart. They make me proud…
Big Heart, Smart Wallet

Big Heart, Smart Wallet

‘Tis the season when your mailbox is stuffed with envelopes asking for donations towards the given postage labels, catalogs proclaiming that purchasing a goat for a needy village is what your mother really desires and an infinite number of letters with pictures of sad, abandoned kittens, polar bears looking for…
Scott Martin

Scott Martin

PAUL NEWMAN, THE ACCLAIMED ACTOR AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, ONCE SAID, “IF MY EYES EVER TURN TO BROWN, MY CAREER IS SHOT TO HELL.” THEY NEVER TURNED, AND OF COURSE THROUGHOUT HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER, MR. NEWMAN OFFERED US MORE THAN THOSE BLUE EYES; BUT MAN, THEY WERE SOME BLUE EYES. I…
Christina Hartman

Christina Hartman

A SPIRITED GRANDMOTHER, A NEW THING CALLED PIZZA, STARING DOWN DICTATORS, AND A CALLING TO MAKE THE WORLD READY FOR A DEMOCRACY THAT TRULY WORKS FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE. Grandma Julia (Padula) was born to conservative Lithuanian parents who were very Catholic. With one young daughter during the early 1940s, she found herself in a marriage where her husband regularly physically…
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