Tag Archives: Mark Twain

American Gothic Update

We went to Eldon, Iowa to see the original home that Grant Wood used as a background for his famous “American Gothic” painting.   Don’t let the run down appearance of Eldon scare you away, the American Gothic Museum is … Continue reading

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High Trestle Trail

A 10′ wide concrete ribbon winds its way through central Iowa for over 25 miles.  What once was a Union Pacific railroad has been converted to the nicest bike trail I’ve ever seen. Beginning in Ankeny, Iowa the High Trestle … Continue reading

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Bubble Bath

Small waves rolled in on a regular basis as if controlled by a metronome.  Gentle waves, lazy enough to loll you to sleep in a beach chair, just loud enough to encourage day dreams.  A cloudless day and gently breeze … Continue reading

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Birthday Boys

Last weekend was spent celebrating March birthdays, my wife’s and the two youngest grandsons.  All three birthdays fall in a two-week span. On the way to the fun-plex for the party, we stopped at the local farm & ranch supply … Continue reading

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Datoga Tribe

The Datoga is one of over 100 tribes in Tanzania.  They are pastoralists who herd cattle and goats, and at one time were at war with the Maasai over grazing rights. They live in mud huts and are known for … Continue reading

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Calling Home

If you wanted a ride home when I was a kid, there was a predetermined time and place to meet.  If I wasn’t at the appointed place when my Mom got there, I was in Big trouble. Today, kids just … Continue reading

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Party Games

Pie Face is a delicious party game:  You place a gob of whipped cream on the spring-loaded purple hand, spin the dial for a number from 1 to 5, place your face in the window, and push the yellow button as … Continue reading

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