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Religions in Lithuania: An Eclectic Past and Present

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I stopped at the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania on my Baltic Sea cruise. As the cruise ship lecturer, I gave a talk on Lithuania (see previous blog) and spent some time describing Lithuanian religious … Continue reading

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Lithuania: A Baltic Tiger

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Lithuania, the largest in size and population of the three Baltic republics, is an interesting place, along with her sister republics—Estonia and Latvia. Through history they have been pawns in feuding northern European powers, especially … Continue reading

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Helsinki, Finland: An Egalitarian Oasis, pt. 2

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Helsinki, Finland stood in stark contrast to St. Petersburg, Russia. I had just arrived in Helsinki via the Nautica cruise ship from our last docking port in St. Petersburg. While St. Petersburg was big and … Continue reading

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Travels to St. Petersburg, Russia: The Hermitage Museum

by Dr. Denise R. Ames My last day in St. Petersburg. It was a good day to be inside, since a chilly rain misted over the Neva River and penetrated my thin jacket. Once again, I queued in line to … Continue reading

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Travels to St. Petersburg: The Peter and Paul Fortress

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Next stop on a whirlwind tour of St. Petersburg was the grand Peter and Paul Fortress hugging the Neva River. Tsar Peter the Great (r. 1682-1725) commissioned the building of the fortress to protect his … Continue reading

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Reflections on Humanity and Goats

By Grace Parazzoli “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature For the reason Emerson states so perfectly, I crave open … Continue reading

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Selling in a Globalized World: Observations during Travels to Puerto Vallarta

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Marketing companies have not been blind to the attachment people have to getting a good deal. They have devised an untold number of gimmicks to attract susceptible people to their marketing matrix. Marketing was in … Continue reading

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