Immigration Problem

Immigration Problem

911Immigration is such a broad topic that more than one blog is needed to address it. Immigration and the reform of it are both a political and a social issue. Political because all the candidates, in both parties, are using it for their own purposes. It is a social issue because we have about 12-15M illegal aliens in this country & not a very good process to ensure we can deal with all of them in a rational way. Read more

Four Seasons

The four seasons in New England

We are in the middle of winter and it is cold outside. Phil looked at his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. He was right, we have a long winter ahead. But in a few weeks spring will be here, the flowers will blossom, and we will forget this cold weather. That is one of the attractions of living in New England, the four seasons. Just when you think you had enough of one, another comes in. Winter gives way to spring, spring to summer, summer to fall and finally winter again. A yearly cycle that reminds us the eternal passage of time and that nothing stays the same. Read more

Favorite Beach

My Favorite Beach in the world

Looking back on my youth, I spent several years in the Galapagos Islands & one thing that stands out from that time is how beautiful the beaches were. One that stands out is the beach at Tortuga Bay. This beach was big, with dunes about 100 ft tall, a quiet inlet for swimming, heavy seas past the breaker and the water was a clear turquoise. There were a lot of indigenous animals such as red crabs, blue footed boobies, sea lions, sharks, manta rays, penguins,  turtles, etc. We also saw plenty of donkeys & goats, wild animals left by the settlers back in the 1700’s.

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Traveling

Traveling on a Budget

TravelingWhen you retire, if the travel bug hits you, you can plan to travel to several places each year as the time and budget allows. A lot of people find that they don’t have the time or money to travel to exotic places such as cruises or far-flung exotic destinations.The best way to travel is it start small and plan several yearly trips around the country. Some daily or weekend trips can cost very little if you plan them well and research things ahead of time. Read more

New Year Resolutions

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New Year ResolutionsThinking about my new year’s resolutions got me to really take a look at myself, what I have achieved during 2013 and what my life so far and see what I want to do in this new year. The reason new year’s resolutions are soon forgotten or not started at all is that we make a lot of promises that we are not willing or able to keep. Read more

Structuring Your Day

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The way to structure your day and ensure you accomplish all that you need to do is to start the day by planning it. First thing in the morning, make a list of things to accomplish during that day. As you accomplish those things, cross them off the list. Obviously, new projects and deadlines will crop up during the day and you need to add these to your list. Read more

Machu Picchu

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machu-picchuIf I were to pick one place to travel to, it would be Machu Picchu. I always wanted to go to Machu Picchu. It is located in Peru, high in the Andes above Cusco. It is one of the sacred sites of the Incas, probably the last one before their civilization disappeared under the rule of the Spanish back in the 16th century. The place is located high in the Andes mountain range, above Cusco in Peru. Read more

Transportation

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My hometown is very spread out and you really need a mode of transportation to reach the ends of town. It seems to me that everyone drives their car every place: commuting, kids to school, around town, errands, etc. The focus is on independence and driving your own vehicle. This is really an American way of life, a rite of passage; when you become sixteen, you get your driver’s license and expect to drive. Changing that driving mentality will be a tall order.  Read more