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‘Lisette’s List’ teaches as it entertains

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Susan Vreeland, Lisette’s List, 2014, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6817-3, $27 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Have you ever watched an artist at his or her canvas? While you might be impatient to see how the painting will turn out, the artist may spend what you feel is an inordinate amount of time making sure […]

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Museum offers an education about spuds

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-Twelfth in a Series- By Donald H. Harrison BLACKFOOT, Idaho –About the time that movie star Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism in association with her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller, potato farmers and marketers in Idaho were talking about how beautiful a woman she was. “She’s the kind of woman who would look good in […]

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Salt Lake City: Enjoying the familiar and the new

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-Eleventh in a Series- By Donald H. Harrison SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — As one drives north on the Interstate 15 towards Salt Lake City, a Jew might get the impression of being surrounded by a familiar heritage, and also by one that is altogether new.  In Utah, one passes through the northwest corner of […]

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Dinosaur site draws scholars and tourists

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-Tenth in a Series- By Donald H. Harrison ST. GEORGE, Utah – You’ve heard about St. George and the dragon, but that’s a Christian legend from England which must be taken on faith. On the other hand, you have St. George and the dinosaurs and that’s a secular American tale for which there is plenty […]

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Hamas continues to violate all int’l norms

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Once again we’re seeing that it’s easier to begin a war than to end one. A brief conversation with a neighbor whose career was in the Defense Ministry reached agreement that “Shit” pretty well summarizes things. I’m far from inner circles, but my sifting of commentary indicates that people making […]

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Mob Museum chronicles Jewish gangsters

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-Ninth in a Series– By Donald H. Harrison LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In a former courthouse where U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver (D-Tennessee) once held a hearing to expose the extent to which Organized Crime had corrupted America, Las Vegas today presents “The Mob Museum,” an interactive set of exhibits tracing the rise and fall of […]

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At Hoover Dam, there’s a statistic everywhere

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  -Eighth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Whereas the watchword of this publication is “There’s a Jewish Story Everywhere,” at the Hoover Dam, apparently, the motto is slightly different: “There’s a Statistic Everywhere.” Or so one might believe watching an introductory video and taking a math-laden tour of the […]

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Summer heat drives visitors into Calico stores

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  –Sixth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison CALICO GHOST TOWN, California – A few short miles north of Barstow on Interstate 15 stands the revived Calico Ghost Town, presented by the County of San Bernardino as an insight into its mining past. Wooden sidewalks take visitors past late 19th century stores and mining […]

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Home of Eternity: So Cal’s oldest Jewish cemetery

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–Fifth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison SAN BERNARDINO, California –As grandson Shor and I continued our tour up the Interstate 15 from Riverside, it seemed only a matter of minutes until we reached San Bernardino, site of the oldest Jewish cemetery in continuous use in Southern California. The Home of Eternity, at 8th […]

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Hotel celebrates Presidents, Einstein and Newman

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-Fourth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison RIVERSIDE, California –Around the beginning of the 20th century, Frank Miller started collecting bells for what would become the historic Mission Inn here in this city along the Santa Ana River. Eventually, he accumulated 800 bells of various sizes as well as innumerable Christian crosses. People began […]

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Temecula’s literary legacy: ‘Perry Mason,’ ‘Ramona’

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  -Third in a series – By Donald H. Harrison TEMECULA, California – Attorney and writer Erle Stanley Gardner invented “Perry Mason,” the fictional defense lawyer of television and pulp fiction fame, who most people my age (68) can’t think of without remembering the actor who played him on television, Raymond Burr. Gardner also was […]

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Grape Day Park is Sig Steiner’s legacy

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  By Donald H. Harrison -Second in a Series– ESCONDIDO, California –This city’s downtown Grape Day Park is easily identifiable by a play area which features a children’s slide coursing through a large sculpture depicting a bunch of grapes. Large “vines” nearby provide more places for children to climb and frolic. Along one side of […]

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I-15 Jewish sightseeing: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

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–First in a Series – By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Qualcomm Stadium, as it called in its third incarnation since opening in 1967, is a massive concrete structure described as “modernist” by some architects, “brutalist” by others. Either way it is a celebration of structural forms and building materials. Its massive slabs of […]

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Book Review: ‘A Wolf in the Soul’

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Ira T. Berkowitz, A Wolf in the Soul, Leviathan Press, ISBN: 978-1-881927-13-6, 461 pages, $19.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – My father, who would have been 104 years old today, July 4, loved to play this trick with Tank, our pet dog who was half Boxer, half German Shepherd. Dad would get a […]

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