Category: Travel

The Train to Galesburg

October 27th, 2015, 1 Comment

Sometimes, children are so excited you just can’t resist. Jacob and Oliver have been begging for a train trip for awhile now, so Laura and I took advantage of a day off school to take them to the little town of Galesburg, IL for a couple days. Galesburg is a special memory for me; nearly […]

The Time Machine of Durango

August 2nd, 2015, No Comments

“The airplane may be the closest thing we have to a time machine.” – Brian J. Terwilliger There is something about that moment. Hiking in the mountains near Durango, Colorado, with Laura and the boys, we found a beautiful spot with a view of the valley. We paused to admire, and then – The sound […]

Suggestions for visiting the UK?

March 12th, 2015, 31 Comments

My wife and I have been thinking of visiting the UK for awhile, and we’re finally starting to make some plans. I would be grateful to anyone reading this that might have some time to make suggestions on places to go, things to do, etc. Here’s a bit of background, if it helps. We have […]


December 21st, 2012, No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I walked in to a nice, sit-down restaurant, with a smile on my face. It’s the kind of restaurant with folded cloth napkins on the tables. “Table for three, please” – as Jacob and Oliver were with me. This much isn’t unusual. I have periodically taken them out to eat […]

Greece part 5: Friends and Radios

November 12th, 2011, 3 Comments

See also parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. This is the biggest highlight of our trip to Greece for me. I enjoy having the chance to meet people, visit for awhile, and make new friends — and that certainly happened in Greece. In one of the shops we happened to step into, I noticed a […]

Greece part 3: Water

October 18th, 2011, 1 Comment

See also parts 1 and 2. That’s a photo of Vlicha Beach, near our hotel. But before I talk about the Greek beaches, I need to explain something about living in Kansas. Kansas is in the middle of the United States. The nearest ocean is the Gulf of Mexico, which is 700 miles (1100km) away. […]

Mexico Part 6: Conclusion

September 20th, 2011, 1 Comment

The sixth in a series; see also parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. It’s been about two weeks now since we got back home. Every few days, our boys still talk about Mexico. Jacob talks about what he will want to do “when we go back” and how he’d like to see Jonathan over […]

Mexico Part 5: Food, Restaurants, and Dueling Karaoke Guys

September 15th, 2011, 4 Comments

The fifth in a series; see also parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. One piece of advice we got in Mexico went like this: the nicer a place looks, the worse the food and prices will be. Roadside taco stands will be great, and nice-looking restaurants not so much. That seemed to be accurate. We […]

Mexico Part 4: Street Scenes and Architecture

September 13th, 2011, 6 Comments

The fourth in a series; see also parts 1, 2, and 3. This post is going to be more a photolog than a narrative, and I apologize in advance for it being a bit disjointed. I’ve already touched on these themes a bit in the other post, but now it’s time to focus on them. […]

Face to Face With Destruction

April 7th, 2010, 28 Comments

Seeing these church bells in Lübeck wasn’t easy for me. They melted and fell to the ground after an air raid in 1942, and have been left exactly as they fell. I wasn’t alive in 1942, and even my parents hadn’t yet been born. My grandfather was relocated by the American government because he refused […]

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