Jun 19

Summertime

The great American composer,George Gershwin, was well known for some classics in the American repertoire of music. Songs like; Someone to Watch Over Me, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Rhapsody in Blue and many more. Gershwin wrote Porgy and Bess an American opera that debuted on Broadway in 1935 – a folk opera based …

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Jun 19

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is that point in time each year when the angle of the earth’s axis is at its maximum. This is referred to as the Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the sun 23 degrees, 26 minutes in the Northern Hemisphere. Occurring sometime between June 20th and 22nd – this year the Solstice will …

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Jun 16

On Living.

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*** Dum vivimus vivamus While we live, let us live! *** *** Something to do. Someone to love. Something to look forward. I am not sure of who said this first but it expresses a profound understanding of a life of fulfillment. * Setting goals and working to achieve them is vitally important to living …

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Jun 11

“…If I knew the way I would take you home.”

One of my favorite songs from the Grateful Dead repertoire was first released in 1970 on the album titled, American Beauty. It became a signature tune especially as part of the second set and most often as an encore. The song lyrics were written by that (not so) silent member of the group, Robert …

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May 13

Mid-May Garden report 2016

Regular readers know of my passion for gardening. In previous posts I have shared information about some of the bigger and longer term projects. This summer marks the 8th year since I moved back east. In 2008 I undertook the task of yet another long term landscaping and garden project. This endeavor took some planning, …

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Apr 18

America’s National Parks

From A- for Acadia, N.P. in Maine to Z- for Zion, N.P. in Utah, there are a total of 58 national parks across the U.S.A. adding up to more than 83 million acres of land. Follow this link to learn about the history of the National Parks. The National Park system celebrates its centennial this …

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Apr 10

Merle Haggard

Last week one of Country Music’s great singer/songwriters passed on. Merle Haggard, one of the creators of the “Bakersfield sound”, died at home surrounded by family and friends. Merle was 79 and had battled cancer for several years. A prolific songwriter with an authentic country twang that could be heard for decades all across America …

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Mar 13

Who was Copernicus?

My frustration with the time change has been perennially documented in the pages of this blog, also see here. Changing the time on the face of a clock biennially doesn’t change the number of daylight hours in a 24 hour period. Today, in the U.S. we return to the task of changing the time on …

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Mar 06

Some Thoughts on Travel

Regular readers of this blog will deduce that travel is an enjoyable pastime of the author. Whether traveling domestically or across international borders there are many benefits gained from travel. Great poets have written about traveling. Famous writers have used travel as a sort of muse to awaken their creative genius. Throughout human history, esteemed …

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Feb 22

Spring Festival 2016

Spring Festival in China is the most important holiday of the year. Many Chinese return home from distant countries as part of their traditional filial duty to pay respect to elder family members. As I prepared for this trip to China there was a small snag in the plan. Good friend, Lana offered to come …

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