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Despite the fact that this unique event, which has been held for twenty two years, occurred in mid-September, I found out about the unusual pairing this past summer while on vacation. In a long newspaper article, now recycled in Recycling Land, I read about the then upcoming event which included a brief biography of Sister Dolores James who graciously agreed to this offer from the surfers in the 1990s. She took over the project, which grew in size from a few participants to hundreds. Sister James has the attitude and open mindedness needed to pull off something others probably said would never work.

Villa Maria by-the-Sea is the summer retreat for the Nuns, who from all accounts, are not your typical Nuns. As some of you may know, Nuns must be very modest and public swimming is not done.…

Part of the trouble with all the rhetoric about American Exceptionalism is, whether praiseworthy or critical, it usually ignores the rest of the Western Hemisphere. People who claim that the U.S. isn't exceptional tend to compare this country to the forms and functions of the Eastern hemisphere. People who claim that the United States IS exceptional...compare local forms and functions to the eastern hemisphere.

But there's a country north of the U.S. that complains about being…

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage is the first of a trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass and the other His Dark Materials novels. It was published in October 2017 in ebook and print formats in English, marketed as an "equel" to The Golden Compass: the Book of Dust trilogy takes place before and simultaneous to the events of the narrative in Pullman's other works.

La Belle Sauvage is definitely a prequel, though;…

News for Noders

November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!

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September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

If you have anything to add to this calendar, let Tem42 know.