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Rare World War II Photos

You can see larger versions of the photos by clicking on them. My friend Bruce (excuse me, Herr Doktor Professor Bruce :)) sent me an email with these photos embedded. They purport to be uncirculated, or at least rarely circulated. Whatever their status, though, they are cool and very interesting.

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July 4, 2011

To see larger versions, click on an image in thumbnail mode. The food was great, the company was wonderful, and the fireworks! Well, they were outstanding! Just the way they always are in Healdsburg! Note to fellow photographers: these were all shot hand-held using a vibration-reduction zoom lens with the

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Healdsburg, July 2011

If it’s July 4th, we must be in Healdsburg at my sister-in-law Katie’s house for her annual get-together and fireworks show. Well, technically I suppose the fireworks are courtesy of the City of Healdsburg, but I always think of it as her fireworks show! While walking around the town I

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¡Viva la Revolución!

From our recent trip to London and Edinburgh… The English often strike foreigners as being odd. Not in a bad way, mind you. Just different. Like being unfailingly polite as they elbow their way past you onto the Tube. The juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous behaviors can be both confusing and

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Ach! Who Would’ve Thought!

Churchill famously observed that the UK and the USA are two nations separated by a common language. I found that particularly true in Edinburgh, where if I didn’t concentrate and focus when a native was speaking to me I often couldn’t understand what was being said. The experience made me

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The Curiosity Room

From our recent trip to London and Edinburgh… An odd gentleman’s pastime developed in England in the 18th century: the curiosity room. This was a room, or library, that you strove to fill with interesting and odd artifacts from around the world. No organizing principle was required, and in fact

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