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J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Reception

Moscow, Russia, December 1992. There was a diplomatic reception held at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It was a major diplomatic event of the year, and all the foreign ambassadors and consuls were present.

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J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Jurate Goes to London

  A self-diagnosed Anglophile, my whole life, I could not have been more excited when on a beautiful, crisp, cool day in January 1993  I was on a plane landing at Heathrow International Airport.  I had never been there before, but for some reason, I loved England all my life – for me, it was a country of great culture and sophistication, the country of Shakespeare and Benjamin Disraeli, the country where I could wear a hat and nobody would stare at me!

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Gail Harris, Embrace the Anger

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” –Benjamin Franklin.   I found that quote on Brainy quotes.  In fact, they had 28 pages of quotations on the subject of anger, and although I didn’t read them all, I did read several dozen, and they all reflected a similar philosophy – that anger is a negative passion.

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J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Helluva Town – Part I

When you grow up somewhere in the world other than America, you hear many stories about how great America is. When I was a little girl, I heard that America was a country where all dreams come true and I imagined that everything was perfect in America – people looked like movie stars, they were beautifully dressed, they were friendly, rich and happy.

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J.B. Gattini, Reunion

I was 10 years old and sitting on the bench in summer camp, with my things packed, bug bitten and sunburnt, waiting for my parents to pick me up and take me home after a month of fun. I saw my mother approaching… She came alone. She sat down next to me and announced the news: “ I have something to tell you”, she said,“ I divorced your father”

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