Anne's Diary
Friday, October 5, 2001
The War between the Palestinians and the Israelis has been going on for a very long time and is being fought--with words--all over the world. We recently posted a story about a group of Orthodox Jews who want to build a new temple near (or on) the site of a major mosque in Jerusalem, while at the same time a group of Palestinians is trying to...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001
The September 22, 2001 issue of the British weekly magazine The Spectator is filled with insightful articles about the recent terrorist attacks. Most important, its articles explain the background of the conflict in a way that no American publication has so far managed to do.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2001
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." These lines fill the screen at the end of one of my favorite movies, The Miracle at Morgan's Creek, when the hapless young hero discovers he has become the father of 8 infant sons, all sired by another man. I was reminded of them as our family, along with...
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Monday, September 17, 2001
Last week I attended a typical charity dinner, celebrating the raising of $15 million to make needed additions and renovations to San Fernando Cathedral here in San Antonio. It was an ecumenical event and ministers from several faiths stood up and gave speeches. I noticed how nervous the local Muslim cleric looked and thought he was...
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001
When the World Trade Center in New York City was reduced to rubble by terrorists on Tuesday, September 11, it hit me especially hard, because I lived in New York for 30 years and it will always be my hometown. I wasn't fond of the Twin Towers--I remember watching them being built and thinking how hideous they were. But the Trade Center was a...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Global warming isn't our fault. It's natural, and paleoclimatologists have identified numerous instances of it in the past three million years, since the rising of Central America changed our ocean currents and destabilized earth's climate. We're speeding it up somewhat, but to claim that we could reverse it is just not true. We have to plan...
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Sunday, June 10, 2001
We recently came back from a trip to a magical city, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. It?s a beautiful place, with steep, cobble stoned streets, ancient churches and outdoor markets. Every morning we would walk into town, peering into the tiny stores and catching glimpses of lovely gardens behind high walls. At night we would sit in the...
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Friday, April 13, 2001
Since we've taken over Dreamland, Whitley and I don't travel much anymore. You can't go too far when you have to be home by Sunday (now Saturday) night. For now, we let our Gurus travel for us, because they not only have the freedom to roam, they go to the kind of exotic places where we'll probably never go. Who are our Gurus? They are the...
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Wednesday, February 28, 2001
When we broadcast Dreamland from our office at home for the first time on Sunday, February 25, there were some unexpected problems. Our office is connected to our kitchen, and as I waited impatiently for the dishwasher to finish noisily sloshing the dinner dishes, I worried that I would have to turn it off in mid- cycle if it wasn't done by...
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Monday, February 5, 2001
We knew we were going to have a good show last night, but we never dreamed things were going to get as wild as they did. Israeli journalist Barry Chamish talked about the mysterious death of Alisdair Rosslyn Sinclair, a direct descendant of the Sinclair family who were instrumental in aiding the fugitive Knights Templar after their order was...
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Saturday, December 23, 2000
After years of searching, I've learned one thing about religion: it's a journey, not a set of beliefs. I was raised by atheists with an odd sense of fair play. My father found fault with nearly everyone, but he was fair about it: he felt it was OK to hate Blacks, Jews, Catholics, Gays and pretty much everyone else, as long as he didn't do...
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Friday, December 15, 2000
On Thursday night, we invited a friend over to have pasta and watch "West Wing." After eating too much, we carried our wine glasses into the living room, settled down on the couch, switched on the TV and got--Al Gore's concession speech. While it was a gracious speech, I found myself restlessly waiting for it to be over so that I could watch...
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Sunday, December 10, 2000
At age 54, I could call myself middle-aged, except I can't reasonably expect to live to age 110. So does that mean I'm old? It can?t be true! I do find that I?m in an interesting state of mind. I no longer focus on the future, the way I did for most of my life. I don't mean that I don't look forward to things; it?s just that the future is no...
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Wednesday, November 29, 2000
I don't know about the rest of you out there, but I'm suffering from what Julia Child called "Fear of Food." She was referring to Americans' avoidance of butter and all the other ingredients that make French food so good to eat, but it's more serious than that. I?m old enough to have seen many food fads come and go, most of them sincerely...
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Friday, November 24, 2000
Whitley and I recently helped save a friend?s life. It's a strange feeling. We don't feel heroic, only grateful, because he's one of our favorite people. We didn't run into a burning building or jump off a bridge into icy water. We accepted an invitation to a beach house a few weeks ago and had a lovely, lazy weekend with our friends. While...
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Saturday, November 18, 2000
November is a big month for Whitley and me. We were married 30 years ago on November 28 and our son was born on November 30, eight years later. And then, of course, there's Thanksgiving. I remember our wedding well. We were recent immigrants to New York, so poor that the super in our building took pity on us and loaned us some furniture....
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Friday, November 10, 2000
I've had post-party blues, postpartum blues (caused by baby Andrew's four a.m. cries for food) and now, along with the rest of the nation, I've got the post-election blues. On election eve, we had dinner with friends. We turned on CNN and as the evening progressed, we switched from wine to hard liquor. By the time we staggered home, nobody...
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Sunday, November 5, 2000
Yesterday was a typical Saturday. After breakfast, Whitley and I got in the car with a list of chores to do, but our final destination was a nearby theater, because we love the movies. We were headed for a Hollywood tearjerker that opened this weekend, an uplifting fable in which blacks and whites were all good buddies and those in power...
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Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Unlike Whitley, I voted for a Presidential candidate, because I?m in the same situation that most of you are: I don't know the candidates personally and I feel a need to vote for somebody. I share Whitley's concern that Bush and Gore may have personality problems, because in today?s climate of scrutinizing and finger pointing, what sane and...
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Tuesday, October 24, 2000
I was cleaning out a cedar chest today, when I found a photo of him. I hadn't thought about him in a long time; he was my first. I could feel my heart beating faster as I gazed at the photograph. He's the reason why I've been so hesitant to commit myself again, despite the fact that my friends tell me I've got to put the past behind me and...
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Thursday, October 12, 2000
In political times like these, I become wary in social situations. It's not just that I'm more liberal than most of the people in this town; it's not as simple as that. Most of the political conservatives I know are pretty comfortable financially. Perhaps they worked hard for it, perhaps they deserve it, but they don't seem too concerned...
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Sunday, October 8, 2000
Last week I had the kind of experience I've had many times in the years since Whitley wrote Communion. I talked to some people I've gotten to know recently and heard some extraordinary stories. Like most of the folks we meet every day, these people could be described as ordinary. One of them confessed that after he started photographing...
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Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Since moving to what seems like a small town from New York City, I've found myself the object of discrimination at times. This is a new experience for me. I'm white and middle class, so I'm used to blending in. I never worried much about being accepted before. I was never on the cheerleading squad or part of the prom queen crowd. My parents...
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000
On our September 3rd show, we talked with Janet Hull, the author of Sweet Poison, about the dangers of artificial sweetners, particulary aspartame. During the show, I noticed that many of our calls and e-mails came from dieters, mostly women, who were trying to lose weight by drinking diet sodas. It seems possible that aspartame could be...
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Monday, August 28, 2000
Whitley and I have been so busy this past year writing books, thinking up ideas for movies and TV, and working to make Dreamland a success, that we usually work all weekend and we haven't even considered taking a vacation. So on the August 27 Dreamland, when Michael Glickman invited Americans to come to England and join the crop circle...
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Friday, August 18, 2000
While listening to the Republican and Democratic conventions, I remembered this wonderful tale by Lame Deer that I found in a book on dogs. I loved it so much that I copied it into my computer, and I think it's worth reading now, with regard to our upcoming Presidential election. "We don't think much of the white man's elections. Whoever...
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Monday, July 10, 2000
After a year of living in what was supposed to be a temporary apartment, we are finally packing up our boxes and getting ready to move into a new house. When my brother-in-law offered to build it for us, he said it would be ready in six months. I should have known better than to believe him. The place where we've been living is comfortable...
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Monday, July 10, 2000
Whitley - Let Anne know how much I enjoyed her latest diary entry. I had to forward it to a friend who is having a similar problem in her neighborhood, minus the kamikazes. The little beasts started out friendly enough, just sitting on her porch staring a wreath she had on her front door. After being convinced that she wasn't just going to...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2000
I decided to write about the newly revealed Third Secret of Fatima, because I just finished editing Michael Hesemann's new book "The Fatima Secret" for our Hidden Agendas series. It will be the third book in the series and is due out in October. Many miracles seem like wishful thinking, when you take a good look at them. But the Miracles at...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2000
Whitley and I recently flew up to our old home town of New York City to attend our son's college graduation ceremonies. Wherever we travel, we can usually find someone in the UFO community to hook up with. In New York, a friend of ours who runs one of the original Communion groups has a friend who's the manager at a nice midtown hotel, so we...
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