"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."

Gustave Flaubert

Rodeo tribute: Ft. Worth Stockyards

On the move: Ft. Worth Stockyards

Our last stop in Texas had us following the website advice: “kick up your heels” in Ft. Worth Stockyards Historic District. And if you like all things old, new, and cowboy, too . . . well, you’re in luck! Cross-Eyed Moose A short walk from Springhill Suites Ft. Worth Stockyards (a stay we heartily recommend) […]

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Magnolia Home in Waco, TX

Inside Magnolia Home

If you visit downtown Waco, Texas, so you can tour the buildings around The Silos, prepare to be amazed. Chip and Joanna Gaines, creators of the TV series “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and owners of The Silos, expanded at least four downtown blocks into properties that support product and design elements made famous by the […]

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The Silos, Waco, TX - Chip & Joanna Gaines

Silos Baking Company and famous last words!

“Sure. Let’s go see what this place looks like. I saw it on HGTV. But I’m telling you: I’m not buying anything. Watching my weight, you know.” Well, you can guess how that turned out. It was our first day in downtown Waco, Texas, at the Magnolia complex. And now, since Discovery+ network has just […]

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Surfer calls it a day at St. George Island

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #137: Soft

Ann-Christine’s challenge this week immediately brought to mind the softness of fog and gentle rains mentioned in poems by two of my favorite American authors. In the photo above, fog and mist crept in quietly as a cat — unexpectedly yet swiftly — forcing the surfer on St. George Island, Florida, to “hang it up” […]

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Sundown in South Africa

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #136: Begins with S

From the blog of P. A. Moed comes this week’s challenge — photos whose subjects begin with the letter S. Above: SUNSET in South Africa on the grounds of Thornybush. 2. STORKS at Volubilis We went to the ancient ruins of Volubilis to learn more about civilization there, but found that we couldn’t take our […]

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Posts at Bellevue Landing, Royal Oak, MD

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #132: Striped

Every line tells its own story, even the very tentative ones. Gillian Redwood It’s been a striped world this past week with American flags waving in the wind at the Inauguration, so Leya’s interesting challenge is a welcome one: Striped and Checked. Although we don’t specifically search for stripes, we find patterns in architecture, lighting, […]

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Vietnam: bringing chickens to market

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #131 – Emotions

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon For this week’s challenge, Patti (P.A. Moed) asked for pictures showing emotions. “Easy,” I thought. But then I realized that most of the photos I take show people who are happy — happy at work or play, with […]

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joyful woman in purple scarf and brown coat

Thankful for Smiles

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh In these days of protecting ourselves from the coronavirus, it’s sometimes hard to tell if anyone is smiling. After all, our mouths may be upturned, but no one can see past our […]

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Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, Maryland

Taking the ferry to Oxford — Road Trip 2020

Although we left St. Michaels, Maryland, reluctantly, we knew we wanted to see Oxford one more time — and stay again at The Robert Morris Inn. But what route to take? You can drive from St. Michaels along Hwy. 33 through Easton and enjoy the scenery to Oxford, or you can take the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry. […]

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