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March 15, 2018

The Algonquin Hotel     Though the hotel opened in 1902, it would be a few years later, till it entered literary lore.  “In the summer of 1919 a group of writers met in the Pergola Room for a party and came to have lunch at the Algonquin every day for the next ten...
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February 15, 2018

President James Abram Garfield’s Home and Grave Site “The world’s history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet...
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January 18, 2018

President George W. Bush Library One of my warmest memories, about President George W. Bush, does not involve him, but rather my neighbor Phil. I had volunteered for both of the President’s campaigns, a fact that could not be lost on any of my mostly Democrat neighbors, as my yard was filled with signs!...
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December 20, 2017

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck Green Hills Farms Perkasie, Pennsylvania     Have you ever seen a Nobel Prize? I had not, until I wandered onto the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck home and foundation, in Pennsylvania. As well documented, on these pages, I enjoy touring homes of people I am interested in; there is...
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November 16, 2017

Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park     “Courage on Trail” Nat H. Youngblood   “The Fort Pitt Museum, located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot museum that presents the story of Western Pennsylvania’s essential role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as...
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October 11, 2017

Winnie-the-Pooh and His Friends At The New York Public Library     “If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together . . . there is something you must always remember.  You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  But the most important thing is even if...
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Remembering Nine-Eleven

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September 10, 2017

The Tear Drop Memorial to September 11th Bayonne New Jersey     I cannot say that we made a conscious decision to visit 9-11 Memorials; but what I will say is that I do not regret a single detour or stop made, at any of these locations, and that I could not more highly...
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August 27, 2017

South Union Shaker Village       “Tis a gift to be simple, ’tis a gift to be free ‘Tis a gift to come down where I ought to be And when I am in the place just right I will be in the valley of love and delight When true simplicity is gained...
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July 15, 2017

Sagamore Hill     Theodore Roosevelt’s Home Oyster Bay      “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.” ~ Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall ~   Sagamore Hill was President Theodore Roosevelt’s home for 33 years; it was a home he shared with his...
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June 22, 2017

Julia Ideson Library A Part of the Houston Public Library     As a child, my Mother would often take me and my sisters to the public library; it was of course an inexpensive diversion, but it was also the place where her endless curiosities could be addressed. I do not remember her ever...
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