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Remembering Nine-Eleven As I have already shared on these pages, we have made pilgrimages to the three Nine-Eleven Memorials where this nation was attacked, on September 11, 2001. Each site offers a unique perspective and helps us to honor those who were murdered, and reminds us that we must never forget those whose lives were…

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Ft. Pierce Public Art   In the Swim by Jorge Blanco I love the unexpected; it is always wonderful when I go looking for a particular place or thing and find it, but there is something rather delightful about coming upon an unexpected treat, like public art in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Strolling around Gazebo Park,…

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Ybor City Museum State Park   This is where I was supposed to have been born; my parents were living here when my maternal grandfather passed away, and my Mother flew to Columbus, Ohio, for the funeral. While there, she went into labor and I was delivered at The Ohio State University, instead — apparently…

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“1930’s Family Camping: York Beach, Maine At Home on the Road”     I unexpectedly happened upon this exhibit, at the Smithsonian, and found myself taking a moment to savor a piece of both familiar and foreign history. One of the things I first noticed, when driving through Maine, many years ago, was that the…

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George H. W. Presidential Library   It is hard for me to believe that is has been almost twenty years since we visited the George H. W. Presidential Library; I am glad I saved the dated ticket. Sadly, I do not have pictures of our visit. The Library is located at 1000 George Bush West,…

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The James Thurber House     “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” ~ James Thurber ~ An Adventures Daydreamer Did you know that Mittyesque is a word? The word is derived from one of James Thurber’s most well-known shorty stories, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,…

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The Algonquin Hotel Though the hotel opened in 1902, it would be a few years later, till it entered literary lore. “In the summer of 1919 a group of writers met in the Pergola Room for a party and came to have lunch at the Algonquin every day for the next ten years. Frank Case…

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President James Abram Garfield’s Home and Grave Site “The world’s history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet to…

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President George W. Bush Library   One of my warmest memories, about President George W. Bush, does not involve him, but rather my neighbor Phil. I had volunteered for both of the President’s campaigns, a fact that could not be lost on any of my mostly Democrat neighbors, as my yard was filled with signs!…

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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck Green Hills Farms Perkasie, Pennsylvania     Have you ever seen a Nobel Prize? I had not, until I wandered onto the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck home and foundation, in Pennsylvania. As well documented, on these pages, I enjoy touring homes of people I am interested in; there is an…