“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”   —-Ernest Hemingway   I must admit that I am not a particular fan of the writing of Ernest Hemingway. I’ve probably slogged through three of his books, but honestly, I find his life…

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You really have to give “Crawfish” Eddie Walker credit for coming up with a genius way to skirt pesky laws. In 1933, near the end of Prohibition, he built his shack on stilts above the water on the sand banks at the edge of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Eddie was ostensibly a purveyor…

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“The view of the Earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling. It’s a totally different perspective , and it makes you appreciate, actually, how fragile our existence is.”    — Sally Ride — became the first American woman in space…

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Noble Jones came ashore on the coast of Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and a group of settlers from England. Noble was a thirty-one year old carpenter and physician when he arrived with his wife and two children and helped establish the settlement outside of Savannah. He was granted five hundred acres and that…

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  I have no idea how many times I have heard the word “dystopian” used to describe the situation in which we have found ourselves living with COVID-19. I would prefer to be using the word “nightmare.” You always wake up from a nightmare. But since I am having trouble seeing when we will wake…

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                     “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”  Probably the most famous quote attributed to Jonathan Swift, best known as the author of Gulliver’s Travels.    There were two reasons we made the short drive over to Coosaw Island to look for the…

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“I am in this electric chair not for what I done, but for what somebody else done . . . I am about to go to eternity and I have made peace with my God. Facing eternity, I would not dare tell a lie, for I know, and you know, that nothing can save me…

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We have returned from a travel experience I hope never to repeat. But in the midst of all the pandemonium, we think it is important to take a little time to talk about all the really cool things we did and saw in New Zealand. Of course, we would have rather stayed on and had…

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12 March 2020 – It’s been really nice being away from all the hype about Coronavirus. Nobody mentions it anywhere. It’s just not an issue at the restaurants, bars, and other places we’ve visited; everything is hopping here. The Kiwis are out having fun. I propose Auckland as the control group. We can make graphs and…

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It seems like we are riding way up on the crest of a wave. We have the impression that the world is losing its collective mind over this Coronavirus and anyone traveling right now is surfing along in uncharted, roiling waters. To be honest, I expect it to come crashing down one way or the…

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