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  • ARTFUL READERS CLUB

    January 23, 2020 by

    THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn Ok, I admit it! I’m obsessed, morbidly fascinated with…and appalled by WWII books and the horrors of the time…before, during and after the war. I love the genre of Historical Fiction as it never fails to introduce me to little known areas of history that school and history books never… Read more

  • FIRST VISIT to USA

    January 13, 2020 by

    Their parents are longtime friends. Andrew was my first charter pilot on the earliest trips to Africa. He and his wife, Ingrid, have become dear friends… special people in my life. Naturally, I’ve known their daughters, Emma and Holly, since they were born…I visit with them in their South African town, East London, every couple… Read more

  • UNTAMED MONGOLIA

    November 4, 2019 by

    September-October, 2019 WHY MONGOLIA? Think about Mongolia for just a moment. What visions come to mind? (It’s the land that gave us Genghis Khan…remember him from our history classes? He was Mongolia’s founding father…their George Washington.) Yes, he was a brutal warrior, amassing the largest contiguous empire in history… but he also established Mongolia’s first… Read more

  • TRADITION LIVES

    September 19, 2019 by

    A southern neighbor of the Kara tribe…(the tribe of my two Ethiopian families)…the MOST southerly tribe living in the country’s Omo Valley are the DASSANECH people. Despite their close proximity to Lake Turkana, they live in an incredibly dry region with desert to their west and southwest. Part of our visit to Ethiopia this time… Read more

  • PREVIOUS BLOG POSTINGS…travel, art, etc.

    September 10, 2019 by

    Hi Dear Family and Friends, I just wanted to let you know that my old blog posts…years of them…are still available for viewing. I was using BLOGSPOT, but switched to WORDPRESS because it affords more flexibility in posting from ANYWHERE! The previous postings are also about travels, art, book reviews, as well as many photos.… Read more

  • CHIMPS ARE FROM MARS…BONOBOS ARE FROM VENUS!

    September 5, 2019 by

    BONOBOS are the “hippy chimps,” found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo…in the second largest solid stretch of rainforest in the world. You may not have heard of them before as these GREAT APES (there are only 4 GREAT APES in our world, as seen below…) live in an extremely remote, sparsely populated,… Read more

  • FLOWER-KISSERS

    July 28, 2019 by

    Hummingbirds have a long history of folklore and symbolism in native cultures. The Aztecs saw them as messengers between them and their ancestors…or even, the gods. In Native American culture, the hummingbirds are seen as healers and carriers of love, good luck and joy. I’ve been watching for these tiny birds each of the two… Read more

  • SKYSCRAPER ISLAND

    July 20, 2019 by

    An island, once far… Now a powerhouse, worldwide- NEW YORK CITY! Timeless but never the same… a jungle teeming with excitement, surprises… NOT chaos, RHYTHM… assaulting the senses of sight, sound, smell… a density of visual information. I look out the window as our LYFT hired car enters Manhattan. City lights excite… fire escapes ignite… Read more

  • JOSH GROBAN “Bridges” the generation gap…

    July 10, 2019 by

    Lights dim! Musicians onstage…at the ready! The screams and applause of welcome begin as Josh Groban takes the stage… From his latest album, “BRIDGES,” he opens with a song of fear, frustration…and hope…”Bigger Than Us!” The crowd goes wild!!! This gracious operatic pop singer, (songwriter and actor) appealed to all ages making up his audience.… Read more

  • ORVIETO, UMBRIA (ITALY)…and Beyond May 2019

    June 30, 2019 by

    What’s amazing about Umbria is that it doesn’t have big cities to contend with. Situated between raging metropolises like Rome and Florence, it’s the green heart of Italy…peaceful and beautiful with its rolling topography. Boasting postage stamp towns and villages…some on hilltops, some not…with lots of ancient history, picture-worthy scenery and people simply living their… Read more

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