Nothing Short of Rhapsody

The composer [George Gershwin], trying to write a Lisztian concerto in a jazz style, has used only the non-barbaric elements in dance music, the result being neither good jazz nor good Listz, and in no sense of the word a good concerto. ~~~Constant Lambert, British composer and critic Back when everyone was making New Year’s…

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From Flash to Splash

We are back home and are getting a lid on all the chaos that awaited us. Well, it wasn’t really chaos, but lots of bills and junk mail and tons of stuff to stash and even a few Christmas things to put away. It’s hard to believe it’s already February! We had a wonderful adventure…

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The Blighted Captain Bligh

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good.                                                                                              …

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Pearls of Wisdom

Yep, I could be a farmer. A pearl farmer, anyway. No worries about dirty fingernails or broken tractors. Just spending time surrounded by crystalline waters teeming with beautiful reefs and incredible fish. Yes, I have no doubt that I could get used to it. My biggest problem would be selling my products. I would want…

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Deja Vu All Over Again

  We’ve been time-traveling. We went back and forth between January 20 and January 21 so many times, I have whiplash. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but still, it was weird. Then we got stuck on 21 January. It was reminiscent of the movie “Groundhog Day” here on board the ship. I was beyond confused about…

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Mr. Carnegie’s Libraries

“Whatever agencies for good may rise or fall in the future, it seems certain that the Free Library is destined to stand and become a never-ceasing foundation of good to all the inhabitants.”  ~~~Andrew Carnegie Woodbine, Iowa has a really cool public library. They loan cake pans, costumes, hiking backpack kits, a telescope, and camping…

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Rolling in Mud

  Things got real nasty real fast yesterday. We left the ship at the port in Lautoka, Fiji and were driven through the lush, verdant Fijian countryside to the Tifajek Mud Pool and Hot Spring where the sign said we would “Encounter the Natural.” Well, ok, if nasty is natural, I’d say we encountered it.…

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Vanuatu

Our ship headed northeast from New Caledonia Sunday and we started the week by venturing ashore on two of the islands of Vanuatu, a South Pacific archipelago of a few more than eighty islands, around sixty of which are inhabited. (Here’s how the locals pronounce it: van WAH too.) Most of the islands are volcanic,…

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Boomerang

While we were in Australia’s Blue Mountains, we had the opportunity to meet an Aboriginal woman named Cindy who showed us a collection of things that she said would be all that an Aboriginal needed to live in the bush. Spread out on the table before us, she had myriad objects such as an emu…

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Governor and Mrs. Macquarie

If you spend even a little time in Sydney, you can’t help but notice that a lot of places are named for Somebody Macquarie. You will find Macquarie Place, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Lighthouse, Macquarie River, and of course, Macquarie Street, just to name a few. All of these places are named after “The Father of…

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