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Egypt – Feb. 4

February 4, 2011


From John Wolszon:

“The protests the last couple of days have been escalating. They have gone from anti-Mubarak to the pro-M and anti-M factions fighting each other. Very nasty Wed. night. 5-10 killed, 800-1500 injured, depending on who is reporting numbers. Today should be interesting. Both factions are gathering after Friday prayers. The government and army are asking people to stay home.

Each side blames the other for the violence. The new VP is saying the fired Minister of Police is to blame. They are looking for him and have frozen all his bank accounts. The focus of the protests has changed. Now they want Mubarak to leave the country. That’s what today is all about. Watched an interview with the new VP yesterday. He said the government is accepting all the demands of the protesters but Mubarak stays in Egypt. He’s asking for time to implement new changes.

People are getting tired of the protests. Facebook comments are increasing asking for a return to normalcy and to give the new gov time to act.

The news coverage here is all over the place. The gov run TV shows very little violence. Al Jezeera is pro-protesters. They are very biased, so much so we seldom watch them anymore. EuroNews, CNN International and non-gov controlled local stations seem pretty fair.

I want to reiterate again that we are in no danger. Plenty of food, gas and water. No shortages here where we’re staying. It is good to have my son-in-law Enal taking us around. He keeps us out of the dangerous areas.

As you probably have seen [photos did not get transmitted] we went to the Pyramids, kind of, yesterday. Couldn’t get in; we stopped at a fence with the best view. You can see how far away we were. The banks are reopening Sunday so we’re hoping they open the tourist sites soon.

It is disheartening seeing how the poor live here. We got out of the car and we’re surrounded by 3 camels, 4 horses and a horse drawn cart. There we’re 4-5 other people who showed up. They all wanted to sell us something. Cost me 100 pounds (about $6) for a few pictures, couple of pyramid souvenirs and some postcards. These people really need these sites reopened.

The other picture is of the Nile River.

Gotta go now. We’re off exploring again.


P.S. Been checking flights out of here. Hopefully Delta will put us on KLM. Otherwise there are lots of flights available. Hopefully, should be no problem leaving.”

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Wolszons Egypt update

February 3, 2011


Angela Wolszon Hussein, updated her Facebook page Feb. 3.

It seems like things are starting to really heat up here today, between the anti-government protesters and the pro-Mubarak protesters. I totally agree that Mubarak needs to step down, but it’s not like he can just get up and leave. I have a feeling tonight is going to be another interesting night. They cut off our water here where we live now, too. Not fun times, that’s for sure! My parents are LOVING their vacation.

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John Wolszon update

February 2, 2011

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John Wolszon

After days of wondering and waiting to hear from The Catholic Spirit’s production manager, John Wolszon, who is in Egypt, the Internet was restored and he sent the following message (Wed, 2 Feb 2011 06:52:42) directly to family members and The Catholic Spirit’s Jim Graham, who is leading production in John’s absence, with help from Caron Olhoft, also part of the production department.

Hi all!

Finally at noon today we got the Internet back. If you don’t think you’re addicted to the net try going five days without it.

All is well here. The city were in, El Rehab, is 20 miles or so north of Cairo. It is a gated city with it’s own security force. Last Friday the city called on it’s residents for help in protecting it. They had heard looters were heading this way. The turnout was amazing. People patrolling on foot, setting up checkpoints into neighborhoods and helping at the entrances. The army showed up and stationed a tank with three soldiers at each entrance. A personnel carrier with 20 or so soldiers was parked in the mall/food court area. No one got in. We feel very safe here.

The weather here has been great. 70 to 80 every day. Lots of sun, no snow or rain.

Most, if not all of our plans have changed or been discarded. All tourist sites have been closed. We’ve seen nothing but the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Probably won’t get to Luxor unless they lift the restrictions and start the trains in the next couple of days. Still hoping to see the Pyramids, the museum (not likely because of break-in), and Alexandria. All depends on the protesters. Not looking good. If it wasn’t for family this trip has been disappointing.

All banks and most stores have been closed for close to a week. The reports you may have heard about food and gas shortages are mostly for Cairo in the demonstration areas. The stores here in El Rehab are fully stocked. The army has asked that grocery stores and bakeries stay open. The army will get them what they need if necessary.

Protesters trying to plan another demonstration on Friday. They want to do it at the presidential palace. Army has asked for demonstrations to stop so country can get back to normal. People seem to respect army more than government.

Only concern now is getting home. Were hoping Delta resumes flights before we leave. Otherwise we’ll probably have to make new arrangements. We’ll let you know when we find out.

Things seem to be returning to normal here. People out and about, kids playing, traffic increasing. Hope it continues.

Pro- and anti-government demonstrators are clashing in Cairo (2:30 p.m.) now. Nothing major and Army is breaking it up.

We’ve seen the Spirit article and TV report. Wow.

That’s it for now. We feel safe and plan to stay (for now). Wish us luck. We hope to see something before we leave.

Sorry we didn’t get in touch sooner. None of us thought to call on the cell phone. As long as the net stays up I’ll send updates.


Another staffer, Marilyn Rivera, retrieved this post on Facebook by John and Mary Jo Wolszon’s daughter, Angela Wolszon Hussein:

Thank you everyone for all of your concern! We are all doing just fine. Please do not worry about us, we are safe. Things are obviously crazy over here, but we have not felt unsafe for a moment. We have plenty of food and supplies, and stores here in Rehab are stocked. For the most part, we are bored, lol!! Everyone pray that this ends soon, I don’t know what else the protesters expect Mubarak to do.

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CPA Design Review

June 23, 2010


Here are a few tips that I took away from Ed Henninger’s design workshop at the CPA convention in New Orleans:

1. Think about space and what you don’t see. Next time you see a FedEX logo, look for the arrow. White space is an element that you can use to tell a story.

2. Remember to balance your page so it doesn’t fall over.

3. Shape can be defined by:

A. type
B. form
C. contrast
D. dimension
E. proportion
F. unity

4. We read words and groups of words.

5. Use photos big.

6. Use good graphics.

7. Let color speak.

8. Link elements with color. Good example is from The Catholic Spirit go to print archives, phrase, type in sowing a legacy to see the page.

Ed said he uses – which came up as when I searched the Web – to find free photos for pages.

Visit his website at to see some before and after views of his work.

Very visual and creative.

Anyone else have thoughts to share from the convention?

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