Category Archives: Commentary

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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Commentary: Travel, Life and Death

A European once commented “Americans seem to think death is optional.” I had lunch with my friend George, a licensed architect who worked on plans for a medical facility earlier this year.  His doctor told him a couple months ago … Continue reading

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The Red Cross at a fire: Naples, Florida

Abandoning our travel theme, this post is about a recent local Red Cross activity. Perhaps some information will be new for you. Southwest Florida had above average rain in 2016 fostering luxurious growth.  The last five months have been the 6th … Continue reading

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Familiarity breeds indifference.

A week after we married almost forty-eight years ago, my father-in-law sent us a letter urging us to have fun now because soon “the stale familiarity of marriage” would set in. In his own peculiar way, his heart was in … Continue reading

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Edinburgh: is it greedy to want more?

It is greedy.  But as our ship pulled out of Edinburgh, Scotland after less than 24 hours, I was wishing we had more time there.  As I have written before, cruises take you places you might not otherwise see, but … Continue reading

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Trolls, Trollsteigen and Trollvegen

We encountered trolls almost everywhere in Norway — and in many other areas touched by their ancestors. Millennials are likely to think of trolls as people who make deliberately provocative and offensive on-line posts and tweets.  But trolls were originally … Continue reading

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