Category Archives: Commentary

Will the real Havana please stand up?

It is human nature to see what one expects to see; magicians rely on that.  It is human nature to give in to confirmation bias, interpreting new experiences in a way which reinforces already held beliefs; politicians rely on that. … Continue reading

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José Martí, A hero for all parties

Travel is a wonderfully educating.  I had heard of Latin American revolutionaries  Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín but was unfamiliar with José Martí whose large statue and monument are on Havana’s Revolution Plaza opposite portrayals of Castro’s revolutionary … Continue reading

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

We were heading down U.S. 212 to I-90 in Montana on our way to Sheridan. I am sure readers of this blog tire from repeated statements that we avoid Interstate highways because they are boring.  But we take them occasionally. … Continue reading

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Why Southwest United States cliff dwellers left their homes

The mystery is solved.  I believe I know why the ancient Southwest cliff dwellers left their homes. We first visited Mesa Verde in 1981.  There were many possible reasons given why these people, now referred to as Ancestral Puebloan People, … Continue reading

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Trash cans and a bicycle rack: Lake Placid, Florida

Walking down a street in Elkins, West Virginia recently, I saw a woman pick up a piece of litter and commented  how clean Elkins was. “We have been trying to ‘beautify’ the town” she replied. It seems many cultures, especially … Continue reading

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Hurricane hiatus

We have been busy.  I have not posted my usual travel blog for a couple weeks.  Readers from other countries are probably aware Hurricane Irma made landfall at Marco Island, Florida and passed through the state.  But even U.S. readers … Continue reading

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The Red Cross in New Orleans

On Tuesday, New Orleans commemorated the 12th anniversary of the August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina landfall.  Ironically, Harvey was waiting in the wings. What happened with Katrina provides lessons for those dealing with Harvey. Many do not realize the Red … Continue reading

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