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Monday, May 23, 2011


I am saddened by the news of the Joplin Tornado of 22 May, 2011.  My prayers are with those who have lost their homes and businesses and especially with those who have lost loved ones.

Fulbright-Romania colleague Charles Harris, my good friend who taught for four semesters in Sibiu between 2008 and 2010, reported at about 9:00 A.M. CDT today (on Facebook), as follows:

Charles Harris: I am praying for my family in Joplin, Missouri. My older sister, Sally, is still missing. The rest of the family seems to be okay, but homeless due to the damage from the tornado. Please join me in praying for all of those affected by this tragedy.

And just an hour ago he added:

Charles Harris Dear Friends, 2 independent witness reports say my sister, Sally, is dead. Official confirmation will require DNA tests, fingerprints, photo recognition, etc. The rest of the family is okay, but, as I said before, homeless due to the destruction in Joplin. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time!

May God be with us all, and may He bring solace and peace to Charles and to the Harris family in the days to come.  Amen.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Deja Vu All Over Again (as Yogi Berra is said to have said)

To long-time followers of my blogs, this picture may look familiar.  Back in 2009, I was congratulating the same fellow upon his graduation from UBB-FSEGA, in Cluj, Romania.  But this time the event is the 2011 Graduate Commencement Exercises at Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

If you know Domnule MICAN Alexandru, BS, MBA, you know that he is intelligent and diligent.  Those character traits have earned him high regard among us on the faculty of the PSU College of Business Administration.  I hope you will join me in congratulating Alex on a job well done. 

Godspeed, Alexandru!  Wherever life takes you, I know you will earn the respect of your peers.  Well done at Plymouth State!