The Medici of Florence

The Medici of Florence

The Medici Family rose to power on the successes of their banking and commerce ventures. The branch of the family that came to dominate Middle Age Florence descended from Giovanni di Bicci de Medici (1360-1429), who founded the Medici Bank in Florence. It was through...

Tracks to Nowhere

Train tracks to nowhere. I've attempted to write about what these tracks symbolize for the light rail expansion in the DFW Metro area. I've also written about what their abandonment means to what was essentially an all out desertion of nationwide passenger rail...

Therapy in Solitude in Paris

When I think of a relaxing activity, one of the first things that comes to mind is reading a good book or going for coffee at a cafe. What would not occur to me is to take a book to a sidewalk cafe after dark to read in public. Reading in a park or at the beach makes...

Happy 100 years to the National Park Service

August 25th marked 100 years the National Park Service has been in existence. The first National Park was established in 1872 at Yellowstone. But, from that date until 1916, the parks were administered by a variety of agencies including the Department of the Interior,...

Happy 4th of July America!

To me, one of the best examples of the wonder, the diversity, and majesty of this great nation can be found in its national parks. So here are a few pics from vacations past. Enjoy: Entering Sequoia National Park The General Sherman Tree - too tall to get it all in,...

Happy Canada Day!

On this the 149th year of my Homeland's birth, I offer up a few facts: Established on July 1, 1867 (Patriation April 17, 1982) Capital City: Ottawa, Ontario Population: 2016 Estimate 36,155,487 (37th in the world) Land Area: 9,984,670 sq km or 3,854,085 sq miles (2nd...

Thoughts on Broadening Our Perspective

Is it me, or is it human nature to be curious about places that are dangerous, or we perceive as being dangerous places to visit? I want to see the whole world, and that world includes nations like Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea. For some...