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February 11 , 2024 /

TOUCHING DOWN IN ARGENTINA

In Italian and Venetian, Argentina (masculine argentino) means”(made) of silver, silver colored”, derived from the Latin “argentum” for silver. The earliest description of the region by the word Argentina has been found on a Venetian map in 1536. Silver and leather crafts and products are sold everywhere, even in gift shops at gas stations.  

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February 6 , 2024 /

POST CARD FROM RIO

I wondered why Rio de Janeiro?   The Portuguese arrived January 1, 1507 at Guanabara Bay and mistakenly thought it was the mouth of a river and named it in honor a saint.  St. Sebastian de Rio de Janeiro.   The cathedral in Rio is St. Sebastian and 70% of Brazil is Catholic.  Rio was the capital

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February 1 , 2024 /

AND WE’RE OFF

Leaving Friday, February 2, from Mexico City (MEX) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) by way of San Paulo  (GRU).  It’s an overnight flight and I’m hoping for several hours of good sleeping.  This is the beginning of our two-week adventure in South America.   We like to travel, evidenced by 20+ years to a variety

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January 26 , 2024 /

GLAD SURPRISES

When unexpected news comes as a gift or a blessing, I wonder, why me?   I can document a series of unexpected, glad surprises that began early my life and continue without any great effort on my part.  I am grateful for each and all of those and most of the time I have an optimistic,

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January 20 , 2024 /

SURPRISES

I shared some bits in this blog previously, notably in ‘Life, Death and In Between” published December 11, 2023.   There are glad surprises and sad surprises.  This post is mostly about ones that are sad, so I promise that the next post will be about glad surprises.  The reality is that life is full

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January 14 , 2024 /

THIS I BELIEVE

(Photo by Tyler Nix) Orig, Aug, 2022 – Rev. Jan, 2024 Following are two quotes from MLK, Jr. whom I admired and followed for years. I finally met him in 1968 in Detroit, one month before he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4. He was 39 years old.  I was 31.  That experience changed

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January 7 , 2024 /

REFLECTIONS IN THE LIGHT OF JANUARY 7, 2024

N.B.  Some of the experiences below have been posted previously. I hope it’s obvious why I am sharing them again. Yesterday was the 3rd “anniversary” of that awful day at the Capitol in Washington, D, C.  I do not need to see another video as a reminder of the threat posed by illegal, destructive behaviors. 

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December 30 , 2023 /

TWELVE MOST POPULAR OF 2023

This is a review by “vote” of my readers of the most read of 71 blogs published in the past year.  The reasons why these emerged as the top twelve may have to do with the content, where they appeared, how and when they were shared, and a few other unknown variables, such as the

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December 28 , 2023 /

JANUARY IN 55 WORDS

Another “new” year, one after the other, Marked by a special moment in time; Measured in some way, even celebrated. Once we turned the page on a hanging wall calendar Or in a day timer, diary or log Now some digital device gives us day, date and time. Effortless, without even needing to Remember anything.

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