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From our balcony, we view a lovely pastoral scene of a stone farmhouse, occasional grazing sheep and a stone wall next to a stream.  This area is designated for an extensive renovation into a city park containing two lakes.  So,

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FAME: 4 June ’17

 Oh, the burdens of celebrityhoodednessdom.  Barbara and I have come to discover this in the months we’ve been in Portugal.  The constant attention, lack of privacy, need for the police to block off streets when we walk down them —

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The Wildlife of Setubal: 15 Jan ’17

We’ve been observing the local wildlife our little corner of Portugal, and have noticed a few peculiarities.  Let’s talk about the birds and the . . . er . . . flies. BUZZERS Setúbal doesn’t have mosquitoes.  Nor does it

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Hanging Santas: 23 Dec ’16

Feliz Natal! That’s Happy Christmas to all you un-Portuguese speakers.  The holiday season in a foreign country.  I keep thinking it ought to feel stranger than it does. We won’t be doing anything in particular on Christmas because we don’t

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Journal post 9.29.15

What a surprise kind of day!  With intention to stop overnight at the halfway point, instead we got to Denver.  First stop was the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge outside of Taos.  One last taste of wilderness and nature…and the vastness

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Journal post 9.28.15

Wonderful day in Sante Fe.  A nice walk in to town to see the Georgia O’Keefe museum.  She was astounding.  Curves and blended colors.  Then to Loretto Chapel;, beautiful on its own, but containing the Miraculous Staircase.  And then to

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Journal post 9.27.15

Tent Rocks is the first stop in 25N.  Yet another unique rock formation in this vast array of mountains.  The small ones line the slope like so many sentries; the larger ones assemble to look like a village of tipis.

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