Showing posts tagged as 'travel'

Happy Independence Day

Tags: Inspiration, Travel

July 04, 2010 08:05

Mt. Rushmore with my family. If you ever have the chance to make the trip, do it. The 60' busts carved by John Borglum into the granite face of the mountain are breathtaking. I have saved this picture for some time, waiting for the right moment to include it in one of my postings. It seems to me that we need to get back to the visionary leadership that these four presidents represent. More on...

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Fireworks and St. Francis

Tags: Inspiration, Italy, Prayer, Travel

June 30, 2010 21:39

Assisi for the 4th of July. I had a bunch of teenagers with me, and they reminded me that they had never been away from the US on our Independence Day. I knew I wasn't going to find any fireworks, and I also realized that it wasn't necessarily the place to whip out our American flags.So, we did the next best thing. We sat around in the piazza outside the doors of theBasilica of St. Francis, and...

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Making All Things New

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Travel

June 24, 2010 06:33

Using laser beams, archeologists working in Rome recently uncovered what are believed to be the oldest surviving frescoes of the Apostles Peter, Andrew, John, and Paul. Dating from the 4th century these works of art are located in the catacombs of St. Tecla. They've known that there were frescoes there, but they were covered with a thick layer of centuries old calcium build-up. It took...

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Tags: Spirit, Travel

June 07, 2010 18:23

In my area, the schools let out this week, and summer officially begins. I know the kids are really excited, just like we were when we were children.Actually, I'm pretty excited too. Summer is supposed to be about relaxation and rejuvenation. Just about now, I need both, and so do most of the folks I know. Maybe it's because we had such a fierce winter, but we were already dreaming of walks on...

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Corpus Christi

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Papacy, Travel

June 06, 2010 14:31

In the Catholic Church, today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, a day we commemorate Christ's desire to remain with us always in the Eucharist.This special feast began centuries ago in the Umbrian town of Orvieto. The story is somewhat lengthly, and I think I'll save it for another time. Today, I wanted to write about the town of Orvieto and it's great Cathedral, two of my favorite places to...

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Simple Dessert

Tags: Dessert, Travel

June 05, 2010 14:25

blog. She's the author of a bunch of books on Tuscany and Italian life, and when I check our her site, I get a taste of la dolce vita. When I checked today, I saw that she was cruising around the Mediterranean, giving onboard talks on Italian life to about 100 people. What a life! Not only does she spend half her year in a villa in Tuscany, she gets hired to give a few talks on a cruise,...

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Try Something New

Tags: Gardening, Travel

May 19, 2010 08:32

Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. Although we had never heard of the place before, its not too far away from Glendale, tucked into one of the canyons just up from Beverly Drive. Mrs. Robinson was the heiress to the JW Robinson department store fortune, and she lived the high life. Touring around the beautiful grounds, there was no doubt the place was built for parties. From the...

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Tuscany Pt. II

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Travel

May 12, 2010 20:02

At church on Sunday, a young man I've known for many years came up to talk with me. Seth had just returned from a semester in Florence. We had talked excitedly before his trip. I love to tell people about some of the more obscure places to visit when they're in Tuscany. Florence is filled with them.Seth lived and took his classes in the center of Florence near Santa Croce. Built in 1294, this...

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The Best Idea We Ever Had

Tags: Travel

May 09, 2010 15:53

I've been sick with the flu for the past day or so, and it hasn't been fun. I hate getting sick, which doesn't happen too often. When it does, I'm down for the count. On the bright side, staying home has given me the chance to watch the last of Ken Burns' series on the National Parks.I've learned so much about the history of the Park Service, and one of the things that's most impressed me is...

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