Marine Dog – Lucca

Pacific Paratrooper

Two Heroes! Two Heroes!

Marine dog, Lucca, was given a wonderful tribute in the Parade Sunday magazine.  After more than 400 missions in Afghanistan, no one had been hurt by an IED when they were with her.  She was the only one that the Green Berets felt comfortable hugging after a tough day.

Mamma Lucca, as she is nicknamed, was injured herself.  Handler Col. Juan “Rod” Rodriguez quickly applied a tourniquet and she was air-lifted to one veterinary team after another in all-out attempts to save her life.  They succeeded, but Lucca lost her left-front leg in the action.  You can see her honorary Purple Heart on her harness.  Today she lives with her original trainer, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham and his family.  She continues to serve at VA hospitals and in schools.

Could someone please explain to me WHY this Hero’s Purple Heart is considered HONORARY??

If anyone is interested in…

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Weighing In: Is This An Acceptable Way to Treat Horses?

Willow Croft

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ” 
― W.C. Fields

“My troubles are all over, and I am at home; and often before I am quite awake, I fancy I am still in the orchard at Birtwick, standing with my friends under the apple trees.” 
― Anna SewellBlack Beauty

“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.” 
― Gerald Raftery

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.” 
― Alice Walker

This is an opinion piece, based on what I have witnessed and/or perceived to witness at this location. All opinions in this article are mine and mine alone, unless otherwise stated. The photographs are taken on site and have been unaltered or Photoshopped except for cropping out the background…

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Phoenix, Arizona – Botanic Gardens – Finally!


Finally. After 8 months of working in Phoenix, AZ, I made it to the Botanic Gardens. It has been on the life bus list of “things to do” for a while!

Some people think the desert is brown and boring. I personally LOVE it. I love the variations of cacti and their colorful blooms. I must say, at first you don’t notice much difference in the landscape, but after you have had a chance to absorb the environment, you start to see all kinds of beautiful textures and patterns.

My favorites are the 75 + Year old Saguaros that are only found in this part of North America (Arizona, California, Mexico).

The best time to be in the desert, is in May when everything is in full bloom. In the meantime, these February images will have to do. Enjoy!

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Museo de Historia Natural de Ginebra

Pasiones de una chica

Musee histoire naturelle Geneve

Le plus grand Musée d’histoire naturelle de Suisse

 Un museo ideal para toda la familia en Ginebra


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Glasgow Gallivanting: February 2018

The Glasgow Gallivanter

Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s traditional music festival, Celtic Connections, runs from late January into February. As usual, we booked several gigs – Friday 1st February saw us at Òran Mór to see Kathryn Williams, a singer from the North of England. I first came across her many years ago in a documentary about Leonard Cohen in which she covered Hallelujah, and I’ve been a fan ever since. She didn’t sing that, but she closed with Bird on the Wire which brought a tear to my eye and sent me home happy (if that’s not contradictory).

Equally enjoyable was the support – not often I say that! The Brother Brothers, from Brooklyn via Illinois, had such delightful folk / bluegrass harmonies that I bought their CD on the spot. Charming young men too – real brothers, twins in fact, whose surname is Moss. I didn’t bother asking why they hadn’t called themselves…

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Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

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For my previous Thanksgiving posts –  CLICK HERE and HERE!

What was seen on the home front  1941-42…

Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Thanksgiving for the troops 1941-42…..

For those of you who live where…

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Wrong Cause, Wrong Battle, Wrong War!

Oh Lord, It's Monday!


It has been a while in coming to recognize, for me that is, that I had taken the wrong turn somewhere in this particular blog.  It’s something that God has been trying to get me to see and to be truthful, I had not been listening to Him.  But finally He was able to get through this thick head of mine (I’m sure none of you are thick-headed when it comes to the things God wants you to do) and so I’ve been trying to figure out why this particular blog was, well, headed in the wrong direction.

To get back on track, I back-tracked all the way to the beginning before I started blogging.  It was a weekly devotion about the different expressions of that “Monday Spirit” that gets in the way of faithfully following God.  So here I am at the beginning, wondering to myself, “What is one of…

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9. Chinas Ikea Secret.


What’s it like on the streets of China, Lee?”

That’s a good question, voice in my head (which sounds a bit like David Mitchell), a question that can be summed up in one word, but no, I won’t be doing that.

No, instead, I will offer a narrative of a typical example of walking from A to B around the streets of mainland China. Just know this, I risk having my Chinese visa revoked and my life beat from me, as the Chinese government do not like China being portrayed in a bad (true) light.

So, if next week’s post is absent, I’ve been extradited to China and put to death (ahem… China still has capital punishment… ahem).

In all seriousness, today’s post is my most exposing and controversial of all, so if you’re one of those people who whisper instead of talking because you don’t like mean…

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Schloss Oberhofen, Lake Thun, Switzerland

Echoes of the Past

In September 2015 we are staying near Interlaken, in Switzerland, in a lovely hotel on the side of Lake Thun.   One evening we were exploring the local surroundings and found a castle or Schloss.  Unfortunately it was closed, but that didn’t stop me from having a good look at the exterior.  I would like to go back and have a look, as it does sound quite interesting with a lovely garden.  The weather was horrible, rainy and quite cold, so the photos were very dark and were headed for the trash.  But I wanted a record of the castle, so with a bit of magic, I think I have just about saved them in mono and chrome.  Thats another good reason to go back to capture the castle in the sunshine.

A little history that I found……The mighty keep of Schloss Oberhofen dates back to the twelfth century but the main palace and chapel are from the…

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Vacaciones de nieve- Alla vamos!

Pasiones de una chica

Nendaz 4 Vallées Suisse

68-AHi all!!

I’m going in ski holidays for 5 day so I’ll be not able to write here!

But when I’ll back I promise to show you the amazing pics of the Swiss Alps 🙂

Anyway I show you an advance of the place where I will be:

Resultado de imagen de nendaz suisse

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