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Growing Up In Washington

I was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in the suburbs. I moved away several times and ended up moving back twice – both times because of job transfers. I left for good about 45 years ago and have never thought of returning. Too expensive, political and government oriented. These images are from back […]

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Visiting Helen, Georgia

A Dying Town That Saved Itself On the surface it’s difficult to believe but Helen is the third most-visited town in Georgia, with Atlanta number one and Savannah two. Even more difficult to believe for a population of less than 1,000 people! A town in Indian country and part of America’s second gold rush, Helen […]

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Todays Featured Poster • Normandy Beaches

Sunset at a very special beach. Erected in the surf at the invasion beach designated Omaha, this memorial is dedicated to the allied soldiers who stormed the beaches on June 6th, 1944 in Normandy France. Still today it remains the single largest seaborne assault ever, involving 156,000 soldiers being put ashore that day along with […]

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Less Well Known Attractions in Florida

A Few Small Museums and Attractions Well Worth the Time There was a time when small roadside attractions where the highlight of family road-trips. While they have been overshadowed by the mega-parks and major resorts, there are still a number of roadside gems that you should explore – amazing little pieces of history encased in […]

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The Legend Of RMS Titanic

Places Keeping The Legend Alive… In the annals of travel there have been a number of great tragedies. Also on that list are a number of ocean liner disasters. One tragedy seems to be a true legend that stands out from all the rest. The sinking of The White Star Lines RMS Titanic. After more […]

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The Knights Hall Of Akko Israel

The Knights Fortifications Of Acre, Israel On the Mediterranean coast in Israel is the city of Acre and within the city is a quarter square mile site known as Old Akka. Beginning in the 12th century, Akka became the stronghold of Christian Crusaders in the Holy Land. In building their fortress the knights dug tunnels, […]

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Denali Alaska – What’s In A Name?

Who decides what a mountain should be called or officially named. Internationally there is no recognized system of naming that is universal. Most countries have adopted an official form for naming landmarks, like mountains and rivers with a majority of names being simply passed down from historic names. In America as with most things, it’s […]

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Historic Mount Rushmore

American History is Alive in the Stone of South Dakota Lately national patriotism seems to be only worthy of contempt by some people. I’m not sure what a community becomes if it stops celebrating the people and events that contributed to making it what it is? In many instances the monuments themselves can leave us […]

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The Jones Act And What’s Wrong With Government

In The United States they’re called the Passenger Service Act and the Jones Act and they often prevent todays cruise companies from taking on and disembarking passengers in U.S. ports. The Passenger Service Act was created over 100 years ago to protect the American maritime business from foreign competition. It required that any ship carrying […]

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The Roman City Of Pompeii

Almost 2,000 years ago a wealthy Roman city, with a population of 11,000 to 15,000 people was located near the southeastern base of Mount Vesuvius, a dormant volcano. These Roman citizens enjoyed many beautiful public buildings, luxurious private houses that featured lavish decorations, furnishings and works of art. Mosaics covered the floors and frescos were […]