This is the first post in my series entitled "Pic of the Day." The pic (above, I assume, but not sure yet how this is going to work on all viewing platforms—feel free to complain about appearance on your device) is not particularly exciting or beautiful but has some potential interest to colleagues and those … Continue reading Pic of the Day 2017-09-29
Shaken, and also Stirred: Recollections of the Mexico City Earthquake (of 1985) Exactly 32 years ago (according to the Gregorian Calendar convention as I write this) I was preparing to fly into Mexico City after the major earthquake there (19 September 1985). Like most Americans, I was horrified by the destruction and dismayed by the … Continue reading Shaken, and also Stirred
You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour, 2. While scanning for high ground from which to get a better overview pic of the Belevi Monument, my adventure companions and I noticed something odd about the adjacent hilltop. It had a very uniform dome-like summit, as would be expected for a man-made tumulus . . … Continue reading A Serendipitous Adventure: The Belevi Tumlus
You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour, 1. This is the first true post in my series “You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour,” for which one should read my introduction. As noted there, I selected my first site to continue the theme of the introduction and serve as an exemplar of the … Continue reading Not Quite Ready for Prime Time: The Belevi Monument
For the first installment of my series, "You Don't Get this on the Bus Tour" (people that have traveled with me understand this phrase), I have struggled to come up with an appropriate site/subject—not for lack of options, but for appropriateness. The idea of this series is to highlight places that are not well-known but … Continue reading You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour: an introduction
Having experienced (I can't think of a better word) the total eclipse on Monday (21 August 2017), I have a couple of random thoughts; both semi-relevant to my previous post, "Can a Total Eclipse Bring World Peace?", and somewhat unrelated to it. Totality is far more impactful and more awesome than a partial eclipse. Even … Continue reading Afterthoughts on Eclipses and their Impact
Sabre-rattling between powerful enemies. Middle eastern conflict creating refugees. Ethnic strife. Violent retaliation by the marginalized. Senseless murder of innocent persons. Tensions between nations over harboring of terrorists. Bombastic leaders bent on conflict. And, no doubt, a population hopeful for divine intervention or some sign from heaven. Enter a total eclipse. No; this is not … Continue reading Can a Total Eclipse Bring World Peace?