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Volume IX, Number 3 | summer 2016


In November 1934 a team of American baseball stars, including Babe Ruth, toured Japan. When they arrived for a game in the town of Narashino, each man was presented with a horseshoe-shaped flower wreath. Ruth detested the gift; he later told a Japanese baseball magazine that he considered such wreaths bad luck and had never hit a home run after receiving one.

It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. 

- Charlotte Brontë, 1847


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