Patriot’s Day

American Cemetery - Colleville-sur-Mer For September 11, 2019, my calendar says "Patriot's Day", which I assumed meant recognizing the horrific terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. I did a little research. I found that Patriot's Day is several states' commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution. Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut … Continue reading Patriot’s Day

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50’s Drive-In

Cape Cod Drive-In Labor Day. Last big weekend for this classic 50's drive-in on Cape Cod before entering the "off season". I found this piece of Americana on US 28 in the vicinity of West Harwich. Driving by at dusk, I thought I was in a time machine. Gull wing shape, garish florescent bulbs following … Continue reading 50’s Drive-In

Husker Fan

Only two more days until the Nebraska Cornhuskers open their 2019 football season against Southern Alabama. The entire Husker nation, which is world-wide, is excited for this season to get underway, hoping to make last year's 4-8 record a distant memory. Husker t-shirts are even being sold by street vendors in Jerusalem. Is this escapism … Continue reading Husker Fan

Foundation?

Baptist Church, 1827 This photo was taken in Cades Cove of Smoky Mountains NP. The church was built by the congregation of the Primitive Baptist Church in 1827. A building's foundation is the most critical element of its structural integrity, and ultimately its longevity. To prevent heaving of the soil during a hard freeze, the … Continue reading Foundation?

Notre Dame

Notre Dame, 2019 There are 87 cathedrals in France, all of them named Notre Dame meaning "First Lady" as in the Virgin Mary. All but one of those cathedrals include "du ______" in their name describing its location; e.g. Notre Dame du Rouen is the cathedral in Rouen, France. The Notre Dame in Paris is … Continue reading Notre Dame

Livonia, MI

Livonia City Hall Livonia, MI is a prosperous suburb of Detroit. An incorporated city, it has a population approaching 100,000, making it the 9th largest municipality in the state. The local economy is driven (pun intended) by the automotive industry, with Ford being the largest single employer. Based on the city hall and other public … Continue reading Livonia, MI

St. Germain

Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Located in the Paris suburb of St. Germain, this little fixer-upper is formally called the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Louis VI built the first castle on this site in 1124. A chapel (not shown here) was added in 1238. Expanded several times over the centuries, Louis XIV was born here in 1638, but … Continue reading St. Germain

Normandy

Anonymous Beach This is NOT a beach in France's Normandy region, but I am on Omaha Beach today, celebrating the 4th of July, America's Independence Day, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I am humbly paying my respects to all WWII veterans, and praying that younger generations will learn to appreciate the privilege as well … Continue reading Normandy

John Oliver’s Cabin

John Oliver's Cabin - 1820's This idyllic setting is John Oliver's cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. Following the one-way eleven-mile loop around Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains NP, one of the first points of interest is John Oliver's cabin. The log cabin was built without nails or wooden pegs. Notched corners in … Continue reading John Oliver’s Cabin

Hoover’s Birthplace

Hoover's Birthplace Just east of Iowa City on I-80 is a sign, "Herbert Hoover's Presidential Museum." Literally, just off the north side of the Interstate is the entrance to the 31st president's birthplace and museum. Born in 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi River.  Prior to … Continue reading Hoover’s Birthplace

“P” Town

Commercial Street Once you've been to Provincetown, MA, that wild and crazy town on the very tip of Cape Cod, you are allowed to call it "P" Town. You know, its chic when you abbreviate things that are sooo blase. Commercial Street is the main drag; it's less than a mile long, but everything happens … Continue reading “P” Town

Slice & Dice

Slice & Dice I took my 6 year old granddaughter out to the garden to gather some spinach leaves. She is always eager to help. Her eyes lit up when I gave her the sharp paring knife to cut the stem while I held back the leaf; this was her first experience with a "sharp … Continue reading Slice & Dice

Wychmere Beach Club

Wychmere Beach Club My best friends celebrated their 50th anniversary at Wychmere Beach Club on Cape Cod on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The weather was perfect for the Harwich Chamber of Commerce ads and travel agency photos. The story goes back farther than 50 years. We all knew each other in high school, … Continue reading Wychmere Beach Club

D-Day

Old Glory I couldn't pass this date up without showing the Stars & Stripes. Seventy-five years ago today, June 6, 1944, the largest amphibious invasion in world history took place on the French coast of Normandy. The Allied forces (U.S, Britain, Canada, Australia and French Resistance) invaded France to liberate them and all of Europe … Continue reading D-Day

4-Legged Romeo

Provincetown, MA is noted for its open, no-questions-asked, and anything-goes attitude. It reminded me of Key West ... but inhabited/visited only a few months a year. Pet owners display this attitude with their pets. The sign on this harness caught my eye; I thought it was hilarious. On second thought, I wondered if this dog … Continue reading 4-Legged Romeo

School’s Out!

Monkey Bars YAY! School is OUT! Swimming, bike riding, picnics, fireworks, later bedtime, flip flops, cousins, the Lake, parades, campfires, bare feet, the zoo, smores, sleepovers, parks, ice cream cones, sun screen, chiggers, blowing soap bubbles, road trips, boat rides, Fourth of July, annual growth measurement, family vacation, popsicles, bug repellent ... AND, conquering the … Continue reading School’s Out!

Grist Mill

Roaring Fork Grist Mill This is a small grist mill along the Little Roaring Fork River in Great Smoky Mountain NP. It's right on the road of a six mile motor trail that starts in Gatlinburg, TN. Easy to get to; you can visit this place in your flip flops. Thought for the Day: America's … Continue reading Grist Mill

Iowa Rice Paddy

Missouri River Flooding - 2019 In mid-March, over two months ago, the Missouri River got out of its banks from Sioux City, NE down to Hamburg, IA, flooding towns and cropland. Hundreds of people lost their homes, thousands of acres of prime farmland was destroyed, and I-29 was closed for six weeks. This picture was … Continue reading Iowa Rice Paddy

Winning Smile

AIDs and malaria are the primary cause of Tanzanian orphans. Orphaned children are typically taken in by other family members; the orphanage is a last resort. The orphanage keeps hair short for maintenance and hygienic reasons so the only way to tell girls from boys is the skirts they wear. Visitations from mission groups are … Continue reading Winning Smile