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That Basket of Deplorables Is the New Face of US Terrorism (Updated)

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, told KTVN that he traveled from Reno to Charlottesville. Read the story here. I’m late to learning the details of what has transpired from the Nazi and White Supremacist terrorist attacks that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I refuse to use the term “Alt-Right.” These are militant, white, Nazi terrorists that want to usher in to this… Continue reading

Bathrooms & Sundry Other Tidbits: Delta Airlines vs. Air New Zealand

I have flown a lot, too much, waaaaay too much actually. The vast majority of my flights (at least 96%) have been on Delta or one of its sky team partners. Sadly, I have always found the bathrooms on Delta’s domestic and international flights to be filthy. The toilet floors are almost always sticky, and I can’t recall a flight… Continue reading

Love Is Love: In a Heartbeat

Esteban Bravo (left) and Beth David (right) [LA Times]With over 22,000,000 views in just one week, this little animated short by computer animation students, Esteban Bravo and Beth David, has taken the internet by storm. The young creators of the project said they wanted to challenge the notion that LGBT content is not suitable or appropriate for young audiences. The… Continue reading

Darrell Lackey Said It Better than I Ever Could

I have often blamed the hardened, heartless, even godless American Christian Evangelicalism (focused on greed and hatred) on the failed leadership of that cult’s faith expression. In their continued and successful efforts to get rich and rule politics, the leadership of that movement have left untouched, undiscussed, and unenlightened some of the most critical and truly significant issues of our… Continue reading

Barry Manilow Concert at the Fabulous Fox Theater

This past week my adorable, sentimental hubby asked me if I wanted to go to a Barry Manilow concert at the Fox Theater. I loved Barry’s music as a young man back in the day, but, for some unknown and utterly ridiculous reason I had some weird preconceived notion about what his concerts out in Vegas were like: a once… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 14 – Farewell NZ (Wed)

Flight Home: Air New Zealand Date During Trip: July 12, 2017 I awoke this morning and Steve had already left to go workout. He left the fireplace on. It was fabulous! It was snowing and had obviously snowed a good bit in the night! Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I began organizing my suitcases for the trip home. It was a big… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 13 – Glenorchy (Tue)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 11, 2017 It rained this morning. No snow, yet. I’m still holding out for some. Everyone else seems to have come to the conclusion that the snow will arrive tomorrow. We decided not to drive up to Glenorchy, which is at one end of Lake Wakatipu. We saw it yesterday from the helicopter.… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 12 – Queentown (Mon)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 10, 2017 This morning we got up early to be ready for our helicopter ride. Our waiter, Wyatt, the same young man that we had as our server for breakfast yesterday, greeted us and asked, “Are y’all ready for breakfast?” “Y’all?” I questioned. He seemed embarrassed, and corrected himself, saying he was from… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 11 – Queentown (Sun)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 9, 2017 I’m starting the day here writing at the desk by the roaring fire. Steve is off to the gym (6:30am). Today I’ll sift through my clothes to see what needs to be washed so I can make it to end the trip. While far from over, this trips has been wonderful:… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 10 – Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson (Sat)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 8, 2017 We had a leisurely morning. I figured out how to use that weird, new-fangled coffee/espresso maker—after several horrific failures. The silly little single serving coffee container goes in sideways of all things! Anyway, Steve had 3 tiny cups of coffee. We drove to the tiny little Nelson Airport, which, especially for… Continue reading