Repurposed Tires

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe that move their livestock within ever-shrinking grazing rights of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Descendants of a fierce warrior nation, today's Maasai are peaceful and friendly except when it comes to their cattle. They are easily recognized by their brightly-colored one-piece garments known as kanga, red being a favored color, but blue is also … Continue reading Repurposed Tires

Hippo Pool

Somewhere in the northeast part of Serengeti National Park is this hippo pool, where hundreds of hippos can be seen up and down the river.  It was perfectly safe to observe them from this vantage point, the bank was too steep for them to ascend or descend. Behind me is a wide flat area where … Continue reading Hippo Pool

City of Fountains

In the plaza outside Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City are dancing fountains, rising and falling at different times, sometimes set to music. A little known fact, as Cliff Claven--postman on "Cheers"-- would say, is that Kansas City is the "City of Fountains". Rome is the only city in the world that has more fountains. … Continue reading City of Fountains

Going Home

I just returned from a week in Florida; I got home Saturday night, but my luggage didn't arrive until the next day.  Yeah, I found it in the snow the next morning. Sanibel Island is a gorgeous place this time of year, with sunny skies, tropical plants, and wind chill in the 80's.  My suitcase … Continue reading Going Home

Candy Cane Cutey

How old is the candy cane?  According to my good friend, Cliff Claven (mailman from "Cheers"), "Ahhh, it's a little known fact that the candy cane was invented in Germany".   In 1672, a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany had a local candy maker prepare some "sweet sticks" to keep the children quiet during the Christmas … Continue reading Candy Cane Cutey