Dec 01

Looking back at 2016

Another busy year slips by. I’ve said it before but it seems truer with each passing year – as I grow older I am amazed how fast time seems to pass. Perhaps I should not be looking back!…but if I didn’t look back I would not have the memories of good times and special people …

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Nov 26

HiLLaRY’S FeaRS AND FaCiNaTioNS

One of my favorite news aggregators is the website known as zerohedge.com They offer an alternative to the mainstream media outlets. It is the responsibility of every citizen to keep informed about the issues of the day. For the citizen to be fully informed he/she must seek out the truth from any source that is …

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Nov 24

Two Temples in Taipei

In Taiwan there is a noticeable difference from Mainland China with respect to the practice of religion within the culture. In the previous article I mentioned that Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai Shek became Christians. There are many Christians in Taiwan as well as practitioners of Eastern religions of Buddhism and Taoism. During this trip …

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Nov 22

Taiwan

The flight from Jinan to Taipei is about 2 hours. The Island of Formosa or “Beautiful Island” in Portuguese, named by the first European sailors to reach it in 1544. One interesting resource I accessed prior to going to Taiwan is ytravelblog.com The weather was tropical and I should have dressed more for summer. …

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Nov 21

Jinan – my second city.

Jinan has become my second city and as always I am grateful for the many friends I know there. This was my 4th visit to The City of Springs. You can read about previous trips here, and here, and here. My usual routine is to fly into Beijing and then spend the night in a …

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Nov 04

David’s Tree

David’s Tree by Kevin Neary on a cold winter morn along a row where corn had been shorn a lone crow pecks through the snow and a red fox trots the line of frozen bramble canes * eternal circle moon and sun turning see the days grow longer light grows stronger first hard rain of …

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Nov 03

Not Dark Yet

This is one of those Dylan tunes that struck a nerve in me. Not Dark Yet Written by: Bob Dylan Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away Feel like my soul has turned into steel I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t …

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Nov 01

Sugar Mountain and The Circle Game

In 1964, Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young penned the song Sugar Mountain. It is a lament about growing up and being forced to leave the easy days of childhood behind.   “Sugar Mountain“ by Neil Young Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain With the barkers and the colored balloons, You can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain …

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Oct 25

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) extends from Maine to Georgia. Covering nearly 2,200 miles (3,500 km.) and traversing 14 states- heading north from Georgia, into North Carolina, then Tennessee, on through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and finally, culminating in the woods of Maine. Meandering through many …

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Oct 21

Acorns

  From the little acorn grows the mighty oak. * Acorns are the seed fruit of the oak tree. Here in the Eastern U.S. we have an abundance of acorns that come falling down with the leaves in autumn. As children we used to gather large bags of them for weeks and then have a …

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