Thursday, December 24, 2015


Take a minute and enjoy this.

You deserve it.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

All the World's a Stage

I find these maps quite interesting. A friend sent them by way of her father and then by way of I wish i knew so that I could give proper credit. If you know, do share but for now just enjoy.

This is a very interesting set of maps showing a variety of similarities - and differences -- in the world as we think we know it.

1.This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with distinct color) 
   each section containing 1 billion people.


2. This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia 's entire population  


3. It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than   
    outside of it.


4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you're  
    standing.  For the most part it's water.


5. Apparently you can't get Big Macs everywhere.  This map shows (in red)
    the countries that have McDonalds.


6. This map shows the countries (in blue) where people drive on the left 
    side of the road.


7. This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded.   
    There are only 22.  (In the WORLD!)


8. The line on this map shows all of the world's Internet connections in 1969.


9. This map shows the countries that heavily restricted Internet access in 2013.


10. This map shows (in red) countries that were all Communist at one point 
      in time.


11. This map shows (in red) the countries that don't use the metric system.


12. This map shows (in blue) places where Google street view is available.


13. This map shows (in green) all the landlocked countries of the world.


14. And this is what the world would look like if all the countries with coast 
      lines sank.


15. This is a map of the all the rivers in the United States .


16. And these are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River .

17. This is a map of the highest paid public employees in the U. S.  (Quite 
      telling as to what our 'priorities' are.)


18. This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Voices: Amy Purdy

At the age of 19, Amy Purdy contracted Meningococcal meningitus. As a result of this illness, both of her legs were amputated below her knees. This is enough to stop most people but not this young lady. She shared her story with us at Voices. And, it is amazing. She received a bronze medal in the Paralympics in snowboarding and runnerup status on Dancing with the Stars.

What a sense humor. She shared that she could be any height she wants by strapping on taller or shorter legs. She can make good use of shoe sales by varying her feet to fit the shoes.

She talked about wanting to learn to walk gracefully and does she ever.  She recently wrote a book: On My Own Two Feet. 

Do yourself a favor and listen to her here. What a gal!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Day 15: Auschwitz

A very profound experience. The first photo captures the sense of the place. 
The second in memoriam.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Day 14: Krakow

Rick and I in the salt mines. The Last Supper was carved from salt by some of the miners. WOW!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Day 13: Krakow

Pidgeons in Market Square (and where there hundreds of them) 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Day 12: Prague

A sausage food cart. Lunch was awesome!