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  • The emigrant's destiny: The foreign country has not become home, but home has become foreign.

    --Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat

    Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.

    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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    • "I am certain, though you would never admit it, assessor," said the bishop's wife, "that there can exist two kinds of genuine truth, one for the south, the other for the north."

        --From Iceland's Bell, by Halldor Laxness (1902-1988)

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    • The Ebola epidemic has killed 660+ people in several different countries of west Africa. The easily spread, incurable, up to 90% fatal virus has now infected two American aid workers in Liberia and spread to Lagos, where an infected doctor collapsed in the airport upon arrival, and is "out of control," say officials.