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Plague Tower

The Black Death, bubonic plague, swept across Europe several times beginning in the 14th century.  The Great Plague of Vienna in the late 1600’s was especially devastating. People were so fearful of the plague that they prayed the disease would pass … Continue reading

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Serengeti Stand Off

I was in Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania, perched on top of a high bank watching a hippo pool below.  The small river flowed toward me straight out of the northern horizon, made a left turn at my feet and headed … Continue reading

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Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America.  The floor is 100′ below the cliff’s rim above.  The circular tower on the right is over four stories tall.  To get a better sense of the scale, there are … Continue reading

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Winnetoon, NE 68789

The 19th century is still alive in Winnetoon, Nebraska.  Hiding in the northeast corner of the state, north of Creighton and east of Verdigree, two other well-known population centers, is Winnetoon.  The city was founded in 1891 and a U.S. … Continue reading

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Bath Houses

In the early 1800’s, Bath, England was a place to be seen; i.e. a place to socialize, display your wealth, gamble, party, and look for a spouse that could enhance your social status.  Bath was England’s party town, and all … Continue reading

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Go Fly a Kite!

Go fly a kite!  Back in the day, this was a derogatory phrase meaning, “Scram”, “Beat it” or a politically correct way of directing you to that subterranean area that is hotter than blazes.  Today, the phrase is an invitation … Continue reading

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TP Hanging

Ben Franklin felt it unwise to discuss religion or politics with friends, that these two volatile subjects could result in dissolved friendships.  This confirms that toilet paper wasn’t available in the late 1700’s, otherwise Ben would have included toilet paper … Continue reading

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