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Death Of Two "Ordinary" American Acting Legends

LOS ANGELES TIMES, NEW YORK TIMES

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News spread over the Christmas holiday that the acting trade had lost two of its most ordinarily recognizable faces, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning.

Klugman, who died at the age of 90 on Monday, broke through with supporting movie roles in Hollywood, but was mostly remembered for his television work. The Los Angeles Times called Klugman's a "slightly mournful face," highlighting his two marquee TV roles, as the sloppy roommate in the Odd Couple, and the passionate medical examiner in Quincy.

Durning, who the New York Times noted shared with Klugman a “perfectly ordinary” persona, died late Monday, though the announcement was made on Christmas Day. He was 89, and had memorable appearances in a range of Hollywood blockbusters, from a corrupt police officer in The Sting to a gruff New Yorker smitten by a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.

Here's some classic Klugman...

...and some durable Durning

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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