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Two Presidents: Lincoln and Hoover

USA | Friday, 20 Jul 2018 | Views [132]

WE’VE BEEN DRIVING THROUGH CORN AND SOYBEANS for so long I am considering buying some bib overalls and a John Deere hat.  The 3 I states aren’t all farms — this is Lincoln Land, too.  Back when Honest Abe was an unknown country ... Read more >

Photos: Three Eyes; Illinois, Indiana and Iowa

USA | Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Photo Gallery

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Dred Scott and George Washington Carver

USA | Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Views [125]

THE TWO MEN COULD HARDLY HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT, except that Dred Scott and George Washington Carver were black and both were born into slavery.  Scott was born at the end of the 18 th Century; Carver during the Civil War.  Scott was ... Read more >

Meet Me In St. Louis

USA | Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 | Views [134]

THE GATEWAY ARCH IS THE NEWEST NATIONAL PARK, less than 5 months old when we visited.  Granted, the Arch — along with the Cardinals — has been the symbol of St. Louis since 1965, but now it is officially a part of the National ... Read more >

Goin' To Kansas City

USA | Sunday, 8 Jul 2018 | Views [191]

TALL GRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL MONUMENT isn’t exactly convenient to Topeka, but at least it’s in Kansas — unlike Kauffman Stadium and Independence which are in Missouri.  Connie had a couple of nondescript prairie birds that she ... Read more >

Brown v. Board of Education NHS

USA | Friday, 6 Jul 2018 | Views [156]

HISTORY CAN HAPPEN ANYPLACE, and involve the most unlikely heroes.  Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, for example, wasn’t anyplace special.  It looks and smells like any other school.  But it was reserved for black students ... Read more >

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

USA | Monday, 2 Jul 2018 | Views [154]

ACTUALLY, TOTO, THIS IS KANSAS!  Knee-high corn, golden wheatfields, anti-abortion billboards and more places selling tractors than cars.  The billboard-sized version of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” that welcomed us to Goodland ... Read more >

Photos: Kansas and Missouri

USA | Sunday, 1 Jul 2018 | Photo Gallery

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Rocky Mountain High

USA | Thursday, 28 Jun 2018 | Views [145]

FOR SIX WEEKS COLORADO ONCE MORE FELT LIKE HOME.  For even though our drivers licenses and plates proclaim South Dakota, in our hearts we are Coloradans.  And after months in the desert Southwest, Colorado seemed so green, the air so clean ... Read more >

Photos: Why We Love Colorado

USA | Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | Photo Gallery

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Texas and New Mexico

USA | Monday, 14 May 2018 | Views [157]

“EVENTLESS AS OUR LIFE WAS, IT SWEPT US ALONG.”  Wallace Stegner’s words in Crossing Over pretty much cover our time in Texas and New Mexico.  We had to be somewhere while we were killing time until it was warm enough to ... Read more >

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

USA | Monday, 9 Apr 2018 | Views [164]

IT TAKES ABOUT TWO HOURS TO DRIVE THE 42 miles from Silver City, NM to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.  A bit more if you stop along the way to search for birds.  The Red-faced Warbler, another Mexican migrant, had been seen near one ... Read more >

Photos: New Mexico and Texas

USA | Saturday, 7 Apr 2018 | Photo Gallery

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French Canada With English Friends

CANADA | Wednesday, 4 Apr 2018 | Views [209]

WE FIRST MET CHRIS AND ROSE IN 2008 in Uganda when we were volunteering for the Jane Goodall Institute and they were managing the Kinyara Sugar Works.  We stayed at their home in Barley, England in 2011 and we last saw them five years ago in South ... Read more >

Photos: Quebec

CANADA | Friday, 30 Mar 2018 | Photo Gallery

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