Mar 27

Gone to China

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Ready, set, go! 3rd article in this series. Go here for the first article where I talk about planning this trip and here for the second with information and ideas about preparing for the trip. The plan has been a long time in the making. I’ve done much reading and research from various source material. …

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Mar 19

Henry Hudson

The Hudson River is named after him in addition to Hudson Street in lower Manhattan and I think there are Hudson Streets in several towns around the region, the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie bears his name and even a fictional place called Hudson University in TV-land.. Henry Hudson was a Dutch explorer of the 17th …

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Mar 13

The Rocky Road to Dublin

In recognition of the upcoming annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities, (previous St. Paddy’s Day posts here and here) I offer the lyrics to this rousing Irish jig titled, THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN. ‘Tis a comical tale of a young lad who departs from his home seeking work as a field hand. Soon after bidding …

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Mar 07

Mike McNulty, R.I.P.

Regrettably, I did not post this last week when I had a chance. Due to weather problems, the host server crashed and was down for the past couple of days. Belated sympathies to the McNulty family. Mike McNulty, has passed on. His local newspaper obituary can be found here. A man I did not know personally, but learned of …

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Mar 07

Here it comes again…

In the past I have written about this daylight savings time nonsensical ritual we do in most of the U.S. You can read here and here for the background. Well, here it comes again. Sunday, March 8th. @ 2 AM. Some tips to help ease the strain of time change can be found here.

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Mar 03

Songbirds

A deep layer of snow covers the ground here, in this first week of March and there is more snow falling as I write this. In spite of the snow and cold, I heard the coo-OO-ing of the mourning dove and I am reassured that springtime is on the way. Perhaps it was the sweet …

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Feb 27

The New York Pass*

The Gray Lady stands directly across 8th Ave. from the Port Authority Building.

When visiting a city the size of New York, it is difficult to narrow down the best sights to see if you are limited to only one day. Most of the attractions listed herein are consider to be the highlights of a visit to New York City. In previous articles I have written about my …

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Feb 16

Oh, Atlanta!

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It has been more than 35 years since I last visited Atlanta, Georgia and on a recent trip to meet with one of my business contacts, I was stunned at the change in the city skyline. Atlanta is a city with a rich history reaching back to the mid-19th Century and has now grown from …

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Feb 15

Tulips and other ornamental bulbs

Tulips were first cultivated in Central Asia more than 500 years ago and brought to Europe in the mid-16th Century. Tulips require vernalization to flower but they may be “forced” by keeping the bulbs wrapped in dark paper and refrigerated for several months. All of my bulbs are currently sleeping under about 3 feet of …

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Feb 13

Johnny Cash

J. R. (Johnny) Cash was a well known balladeer of the 20th Century and famous in the American Country Music genre. His rich baritone voice was heard for decades on radio stations and juke boxes across the land. Johnny Cash came from very humble beginnings. A family of poor sharecroppers in the southern state of Arkansas. Cash’s song writing …

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