I had wanted to visit Chaco Canyon for over 30 years. It’s near the Four Corners area of the USA, about two and a half hours from ABQ. The road is paved except for about 12 miles of unpaved washboard (corrugations) which challenged my new Subaru Forrester (rattle….rattle). The “Ancient Ones” lived here from 800-1200 […]

Dedicated to my mother Alison who turned 92 recently, and accompanied us on this family adventure. I was in Australia in August 2014. Ventured out on two hikes in the first two days I was there. In the Flinders Ranges of South Australia we encountered much natural beauty, but also a mysterious death. We stayed […]

The first church: In Port Lincoln, a center for tuna fishing in Australia, this church was built in a classic architectural style. However, there were rugs hanging out front with For Sale signs on them and …….the church had been sold to a commercial enterprise. Apparently low attendance could not sustain a pastor. I found […]

The dire words of Jesus# “The sun will grow dark and the moon will no longer shine” are supposed to be about the End Times, when many Christians believe Jesus will return to earth. In the later 1900s it looked like The Cold War between the Soviets and the West would lead to a nuclear […]

I read where a white woman encountered a group of Aboriginal Australian men on a train. The Aboriginal people are a definite minority in Australia, much as Native Americans are in the USA. Other similarities are assigned reservations, land-rights issues, and high unemployment. I summarize below using her own words what happened to the woman […]

Please consider reading this blog to your young sons or grandsons who play sport. And forward it to some parent or grandparent who you think might like to do the same thing. Letter 1 was about Tim Tebow. Letter 2 here is about the San Antonio Spurs. Jaden, I hope you were able to watch […]

How often have we said “Time will tell” or “Only time will tell”? But what does time tell us? Below are some gray nomad answers to this question. While having breakfast at a restaurant, I pulled out a jar of vegemite. For those who don’t know, it’s a salty black yeast extract with a strong […]

I dedicate this blog to Sarena and Staci and Mary Ann and Alison (my mother)…..four women who have demonstrated remarkable strength and faith, hope, and love in the face of physical adversity. This is my 100th blog….thank you Lord for 100 opportunities to write. Love may be the most misunderstood word in the English language. […]

A little history about the mask of Zorro: • In 1847 California, which had been settled by the Spanish, was ceded by Mexico to the US. • In 1848 gold was discovered in California and the gold rush began. • In 1919 a man called Johnston McCulley wrote a story called The Curse of Capistrano. […]

More than 1,000 prophecies are found in the Bible, and a high percentage (~80%) of these have come true. But one has not…… at least up to now. The prophesy (see below) by Jacob that his son Asher would “dip his foot in oil” has led oil and gas explorers to search diligently for oil […]

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