Monthly Archives: January 2012

Day Tripping: A Tale of Two Lighthouses (and One Fort)

Lighthouses have always fascinated people.  Centuries have gone by since the lighthouse of Alexandria was built and destroyed, yet its name remains in the popular conscious as one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.  Some see lighthouses as … Continue reading

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Chicken Pox

Laura is off from school until almost the end of February!  No, winter break hasn’t started yet.  She just knows how to perfectly time getting chicken pox!  Our doctor told us that she can’t go to school for the next … Continue reading

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Civil War Scenes: Antietam

As some of you might know from reading my bio (which I admit needs to be reworked), I’m interested in military history in general and the American Civil War (1861-1865) in particular.  With the Civil War bicentennial in progress, it’s … Continue reading

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Panda Fever

Happy Chinese New Year!  Happy Year of the Dragon!  In honor of this most Chinese of celebrations, I thought I would talk about pandas today.  France like Japan is now home to two giant pandas! Yuan Zi, alias “chubby”, and … Continue reading

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2012 French Stamps

As you might guess from someone who loves postcards and mail, I pay close attention to the French stamp issues.  I am not organized enough to be a stamp collector but I do appreciate nice stamps….enough so that I received … Continue reading

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Day Tripping: Dinan

I needed to get out last weekend and, as the weather had yet to turn cold, Dinan seemed a great idea.  When I want a change from Dinard and Saint Malo, Dinan is a great choice.  The old town and … Continue reading

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Winter sans (without) Snow

Laura is learning about the seasons in school.  Winter, spring, summer, fall–she likes to repeat the words and listen to the sound they make.  Evita has sent me several seasonally themed Japanese mailbox cards for my postcard collection and they … Continue reading

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