UNTAMED MONGOLIA

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 […]

PREVIOUS BLOG POSTINGS…travel, art, etc.

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. […]

CHIMPS ARE FROM MARS…BONOBOS ARE FROM VENUS!

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, […]

FLOWER-KISSERS

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 […]

JOSH GROBAN “Bridges” the generation gap…

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. […]

ORVIETO, UMBRIA (ITALY)…and Beyond May 2019

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 […]