Australian Cuisine

The only Aussie foods I’ve ever eaten are Tim Tams and Vegemite.

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Dangerous Australia: 6 Cute Animals That Can Still Kill You

Last week I blogged about 12 dangerous Australian animals. Most of them are pretty obvious – spiders, snakes, sharks. But Australia has also cute and fuzzy animals that can kill you. They are especially nefarious because, well, they’re so darn cute. Australian Dingo: “Who’s a good boy? You are! Yes, you are!” Aw, look how cute! Don’t you just want to take one home and toss a squeaky toy at it? Nuuuuu. The dingo is…

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Happy Imbolc and Lughnassadh

The serpent will come from the hole On the brown Day of Bride, Though there should be three feet of snow On the flat surface of the ground. There’s no snow here in tropical South Florida and I won’t be watching for serpents emerging from their holes,  but I’ll tune in to see what groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the winter and light a candle for Brigid. Happy Imbolc!

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Melbourne By Day

Here’s a wonderful timelapse video of Melbourne that Theo found.

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English Translation

English is not my first language. I was born in Havana, Cuba and I was two-and-a-half years old when I came to the United States with my parents and sister. We came on the Mariel boatlift just like Tony Montana except that none of us of went on to rule a drug cartel.

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Travel to Tasmania

We’re fortunate that Theo has a client who has offered to let us stay at his holiday home in Tasmania for a few days during my visit to Australia.

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Sunday Gratitudes

desserts

A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for:

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An Introduction to Paganism

I’ve mentioned here and there that I’m Pagan, but I haven’t elucidated on what that means. Since I’m gathering with my coven today, I thought it would be a good time to get into it.

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Dangerous Australia: 12 Animals Out to Kill Me

There’s always a sequence during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” where they show clips of the rest of the world ringing in the new year. When they showed the fireworks over Sydney Harbour, my father said, “Oh, that’s Australia. I’d never go there. They have the world’s deadliest animals.” My mother and sister burst into laughter.

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Travel in Victoria

Last week I wrote about some of the places that make for great day trips from Melbourne. It appears you can go to places like the Yarra Valley and Daylesford in an hour or two. Beyond these, there are some other areas in broader Victoria that I want to visit. Heading northbound, there’s Ballarat, a Victorian era boomtown that drew people from all over the world when gold was discovered there in 1851. “The Golden City”…

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Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

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Immigration at Home and Abroad

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! Anti-immigration has a long history in the United States. Even our great Founding Fathers were, at times, hostile to immigrants. Benjamin Franklin was hostile to Germans in colonial Pennsylvania. President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798 which…

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