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Check out this tub/shower in Jerusalem’s 4 star Grand Court hotel.  It only covers half of the opening.  Huh? I found it virtually impossible to avoid a flooded floor after taking a shower.  No matter how hard I tried to … Continue reading

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Unbridled Joy

Unbridled JOY!

Unbridled JOY!

Every Fourth of July the small Nebraska town of Cedar Creek (pop. 310) has an Antique Car Parade.   Sometimes as many as three parade entrants are actually antique cars.  The other 50-60 entries are decorated golf carts, pickup trucks, and cars with flatbed trailers.  (click here)

This year the three year-old, at left, gets to ride with the big kids in the back of the “float”.  The big kids allowed her one water balloon to throw at spectators along the parade route. There is no better example of Americana than a small-town parade.

Geez, I love this country!

Thought for the Day:



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A local watering hole with a rope tied to high branch of a nearby tree is about all you need to escape the summer heat and have fun doing it.

Who cares if it’s a 100 degrees?

Thought for the Day:   Sandy toes, sunburned nose, summer is a blast — the memories will always last.                                                                                                                Unknown


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Summer Heat

Early Morning

Early Morning

Typical July day in Nebraska with temperature exceeding 100 degrees.  The humidity is suffocating, with dew points in the low 80’s, making the “feel like” temperature close to 120 degrees.  Lots of water is needed to keep the grass green … and growing, so I can mow it again.   Uggg!

The water bill is heading to an all-time high.

Thought for the Day:  It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.  Yogi Berra

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Agape Jr. Seminary

Motivational Sign

Motivational Sign

Agape Lutheran Junior Seminary is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, just over the hill from Kenya.  It is a private school, known for its high academic standards.

The school is well maintained, neat and clean, with relatively modern dormitories.   The school’s director is a no-nonsense person who expects, and gets, the students’ best efforts.

There are motivational signs all over the campus, and this one, in particular, caught my eye.  The message is good, and the spelling is imaginative.

Thought for the Day:  It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.                                                                                                        Andrew Jackson

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Hooold It

Hooold It

Doing a handstand on the floating dock at the family lake house in Cedar Creek, this eighth grader looks pretty steady.

Thought for the Day:  Practice makes perfect!


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Mall of America



The first day on safari was basically a long ride from civilization to the bush.  It was  a long day in the safari truck, with many stops.  One stop was a thatched hut, a t-shirt shop (commercialism knows no boundaries), known for its quality and fair prices.

A crazy location really, by itself, far from any village, let alone major city, but a popular stop for safari trucks.  Kids came out of nowhere to greet us and work their magic at pulling our heart strings.  Ages ranged from toddlers to 10-12, some well dressed, some in rags, but all were respectful.

People with gum or candy became instant celebrities among the Tanzania youngsters.  But this lad, hardly tall enough to see over his bike’s handle bars, stayed back and observed the scene with quiet reserve, like he’d been there and done that.  I mean, really, what was going to impress a young lad who has been to the Mall of America?

Thought for the Day:  Experience, travel — these are an education in themselves.                                                                                                                                              Euripides

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

parade-4875Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumptive  nominee for president, showed up in the Independence Day parade in Cedar Creek, NE.  Riding in the back of an unadorned black pickup truck, he was in stark contrast to the other festive, red-white-blue entrants. (shown at left)parade-4922

The bombastic, egotistical, self-promoting Trump drew lots of chuckles, claps, boos and water balloons from the crowd.  Trump’s appearance was a surprise, but he didn’t steal the show.

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee for the parade-4920Democratic party would probably have received a similar reception.  This is the heartland of America, where character counts; too bad neither candidate has much to show in that category.

Thought for the Day:  Character is like a tree, and reputation like its shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.                                                                        Abraham Lincoln

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