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Dark Times—Burning Times

Saturday, 1 May 2021 | Views [50]

THE ACTION IN VARANASI TAKES PLACE along the ghats, long stretches of concrete stairs leading from the maze of alleys to the river itself.  Stairways, as it were, down to heaven.  Beginning in the early morning, hoards of devoted Hindus descend ... Read more >


Alternate Anniversary Plan B

Sunday, 25 Apr 2021 | Views [56]

WE HAD PLANNED A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DINNER for Saturday. Twenty-seven years is worthy of celebration, after all, and Myrtle Beach has a plethora of fine dining. With the social-distanced seating restrictions, the only table we could book at the Cork ... Read more >


Ten Years Later

Saturday, 24 Apr 2021 | Views [44]

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOCKED THE DOORS for the last time and set off to see the whole, wide world. The sale of the house was “under contract” in realtor-speak and most of our worldly possessions—everything that wouldn’t fit in ... Read more >


Virginia Road Trip

Monday, 19 Apr 2021 | Views [52]

IF YOU ARE NOT SPEAKING RUSSIAN you might want to thank Connie and Steve. Back in the old Cold War days when the entire USSR—not just Vladimir—was out to get us, Connie and Steve, her boss at one of those “ABC” agencies, were ... Read more >


Photos: Virginia Road Trip

Friday, 16 Apr 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Spring Has Sprung

Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 | Views [59]

FLORIDA MAY CLAIM ENDLESS SUMMER but Spring has sprung in Myrtle Beach. There are no swarms of college kids but April showers, blooming flowers, hopeful golfers and allergy-induced runny noses are sure signs of the season.     ... Read more >


Nothing Could Be Finer...

Friday, 9 Apr 2021 | Views [52]

WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE SUNSHINE STATE! This was our third snowbird winter in Florida, after all. And out here on the Panhandle, not only does a wind from the north blow cold as one would expect but so does a south wind when it flows over the chilly ... Read more >


Photos: South Carolina

Thursday, 8 Apr 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Rite of Spring

Saturday, 20 Mar 2021 | Views [122]

WE HADN’T CONSIDERED THAT Panama City Beach calls itself the “Spring Break Capital Of The World” when we booked our condo. Apparently Governor DeSantis’s lackadaisical approach to Covid was seen as a “come-on down, y’... Read more >


Itz Not the Ritz

Monday, 8 Mar 2021 | Views [94]

WE ROLLED INTO TOWN JUST AFTER NOON yesterday and checked in at the Costa Inn.   Its major draw is that it had rooms available.  It also has secure parking and . . . Wait a just cotton-pickin’ minute! That was back in 2008 in ... Read more >


The Second Dose

Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 | Views [137]

IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE WE’RE WHINGING—but we aren’t. Despite how crappy we felt last night, we are extremely relieved to have gotten our second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine yesterday. Last month's 8-hour drive from Cocoa Beach to ... Read more >


Our First House Guest

Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021 | Views [132]

AFTER SPENDING NEARLY A YEAR IN VARIOUS rental condos, we're having our first “sleep over.” Our 'sister' Linda—actually brother Mike’s widow—drove over from Houston to spend a few days with us. She found the chilly weather ... Read more >


Destin-y

Saturday, 6 Feb 2021 | Views [153]

OUR FINAL MEMORIES OF COCOA BEACH will be of the blustery weather spawned by the storms that raked the Northeast. Only the heartiest souls were seen on the beach and the fishing deteriorated to the point that I fed the last of my bait and a small bluefish ... Read more >


Photos: Florida Panhandle

Friday, 5 Feb 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Of Course I Still Love You

Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 | Views [150]

THE SPACEX MISSION FROM CAPE CANAVERAL launched right on schedule—the revised schedule, that is. Yesterday’s launch was scrubbed due to atmospheric conditions but everything was A-OK this morning.          ... Read more >


Some Good News

Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 | Views [144]

THE GOOD NEWS IS WE GOT OUR FIRST Moderna Covid shots this morning. The Bad News is that we had to drive eight hours yesterday to Fort Walton Beach for the jabs and spend the night in a hotel. We will be only minutes away for Shot #2, which I guess will ... Read more >


Time For Cocoa

Sunday, 10 Jan 2021 | Views [172]

WE’RE BACK IN COCOA BEACH AGAIN and I, for one, could use a cup of hot cocoa. I don’t expect you poor souls in Colorado, Minnesota or—gods forbid—New Jersey to feel sorry for us. It was 38° this mornig and the expected high ... Read more >


Somethin's Happenin' Here / What It Is Ain't Exactly Clear.

Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 | Views [155]

“GUESTS, LIKE FISH, BEGIN TO SMELL AFTER THREE DAYS.” Back when old Ben said that there was no refrigeration—heck, he hadn’t even done the kite in the thunderstorm thing yet. Even with refrigeration and air-con, Paul still must ... Read more >


Photos: Back in Cocoa

Tuesday, 5 Jan 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Good Riddance 2020—Hello 2021

Friday, 1 Jan 2021 | Views [143]

WE SEEM TO FIND OURSELVES AT BOYCE Thompson Arboretum every time we come to Arizona. We always enjoy ourselves and usually see something new. This time it was the brand new Wallace Desert Garden which adds another dimension—and 13 acres with a ... Read more >


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