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Old West Icon Faces Closure Flyover Pictures Hopes to Help

The Pony Express was a short but vital part of the American West and the history books tell of a group of young men, boys really, who rode hard and fast against the elements, indian raids, bandits and all sorts of other challenges to get the mail to folks before the stages, telegraph and railroads… Read More ›

12 Years a Slave Defeats Gravity to Make Oscar History

12 Years a Slave Defeats Gravity to Make Oscar History 12 Years a Slave defeated Gravity to make Oscar history as the first film made by a black director to win Best Picture in the the 86 years that the Academy Awards have existed. Incredibly, the Oscar favorite, Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space drama Gravity lost out on the evening’s biggest… Read More ›

Hi Jolly and the Legend of the Red Ghost

Hi Jolly and the Legend of the Red Ghost In early American West history, there are tales of a Jordanian, or Syrian, or Greek, – history is a bit vague as to his actual ancestry – camel driver called Hi Jolly and a failed U.S. Army experiment with camels; soon after the “camel trials” ended… Read More ›

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South Africa My Personal Journey: Soweto and Mandela House

The recounting of my personal journey through South Africa has so far been fraught with the dangers that people face in certain parts of the Johannesburg area. But the whole trip was not all about the crime and precautions, although a lot of it was. There were two areas that welcomed people and visitors into… Read More ›

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Full Circle?

As I sit here in my little room, I can’t help but think of the first flat that I ever rented in the United Kingdom, it was fractionally bigger than this one, and I lived there for a year or so. This room is only very temporary while I await my turn in front of… Read More ›

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Kronks – The Native American Cannibals of Texas

I am reading Mike Cox‘s brilliant recounting of the Texas Rangers in his Wearing the Cinco Peso 1821  -1900 The Texas Rangers and I found, early on in the book,  a mention of the Karankawa Indian tribe. This tribe, was said to be a cannibal tribe of Indians that were greatly feared by everyone. They lived… Read More ›

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RIP Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady has Gone

It was with surprise and a touch of sadness when I learned that Margaret Thatcher died today. She was 87 and a legend. But even legends die. This formidable women who changed the face of politics, Britain, and, in no small way, the world. Daughter of a grocery shop owner and as a child grew… Read More ›

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My First “Real” Thanksgiving in Years

I have not celebrated Thanksgiving for years. Mainly because  I live in England and despite my American heritage, since I don’t live state side, I tend to forget about “turkey day.” When I was growing up Thanksgiving meant great food and a double celebration. We would go and eat ourselves silly at one grandparents house… Read More ›

Glimpses of Childhood: Tornado Drills, A-Bomb Drills and Bat Guano

Being born in the latter days of the 50’s. I was the very essence of a 60’s child. I was too young to ‘tune out and turn on’ and I missed the ‘free love’ thing altogether. Still growing up in the 60’s was an interesting journey to say the least. It was the era of… Read More ›

Memories of an Unsettling House

When I was about 11 or 12 my dad bought a big two story house in the small town of Lincoln, Arkansas. It was right next door to my Gran’s house, except for a vacant lot that sat between the two houses and served as a great place for baseball, football, and any other leisure… Read More ›

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