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

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

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    17 May 2008


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    I don't think the any of the States would ever break away. Yet, I do think that Spanish will be more and more a part of the American culture.

    The American culture has always changed a little as we have integrated new cultures into out own. Hense, the melting pot. I haven't seen any other country that has done it like the States.

    I now live in Switzerland where there are three official languages with English being spoken quite a lot as well.

    What ties the Swiss together is the simple fact that each person is Swiss no matter what language they speak. They are proud of their Swissness.

    I think most Americans are deeply proud to be American. This is the idea that has kept us tied together in the past because America has always been diverse. I think it will continue to tie America together into the future.

    When I lived in South Carolina (I am originally from Ohio) there were times I thought those people were down right crazy but they were always American just like me.

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    • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

        –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

      À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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    • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.