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America’s First Balloon Flight

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This week would not be complete without paying homage to the first American to attempt air flight by flying in a balloon. On September 8, 1830 Charles Durant did exactly that. He flew… Continue reading

The Girls of Summer

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As the summer of 2018 slowly fades into our collective rear-view mirror, I thought a post on America’s summer sports pastime of baseball would be appropriate. But rather than talk about the boys… Continue reading

The Wild-er Bunch

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We’ve all heard about Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and Etta Place. Just the mere mention conjures up images of a smirking Paul Newman, drop-dead gorgeous Robert Redford and lovely Katherine Ross. Etta… Continue reading

The Long History of Soccer

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This week, with everyone’s attention riveted on FIFA The World Cup, the final pitting Croatia against France on Sunday, as well as the Thailand Wild Boar soccer team and their dramatic rescue from… Continue reading

The National Trails System in America

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While doing the research for my last entry here on the Appalachian Trail, I discovered there are two others, which form the “Triple Crown” of hiking. They are the Pacific Crest Trail, which… Continue reading

The Appalachian Trail

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It’s summertime in the United States. What better time to get out and explore our country. One of the best places to start, and one of our national treasures, is the Appalachian Trail.… Continue reading

The Oregon Trail

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With summer fast approaching for those of us who live in the United States, dinner table discussions in a lot of homes have been centering around summer vacations. If a road trip holds… Continue reading

First In Freedom

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As a new resident of a new state, I have been going through the ritual of getting a new driver’s license, voter registration, car registration and all the other obligations that come with… Continue reading

Lady Day

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It seemed appropriate that since the first week of April marks the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I should write about an ongoing struggle for civil rights,… Continue reading

Leesburg, VA’s Dog Money

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While in transit from my old home in Ohio to my new home in North Carolina, I had an occasion to visit Leesburg, VA, where I lived for eight years prior to moving… Continue reading