The Bot Fly | Travels in Brazil

The Bot Fly | Travels in Brazil

I always say, when you are in a place and a health issue comes up deal with it at that place. It is there that the locals know   what it is, what causes it, and how to cure it. Case in point occurred when my first wife and I were in living Campo Grande, Mato Grosso, (now Mato Grosso do Sul) Brazil where I was conducting my dissertation research on pioneer settlements in 1971-72. A bot fly insect Dermatobia hominis native to South American...

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Trot Trot to Boston Town

Trot Trot to Boston Town

“Trot, trot to Boston Town, to buy a stick of candy, One for you and one for me, and one for Dicky, Dandy.” We used to put our kids on our knee and sing this song to them. Little did we know that one of them would end up in Boston. I have the fortune of my daughter attending college at Boston University. Now, I always have a reason to go visit her. I still have my friends there from the time we lived in New Hampshire and I worked in...

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World Cup 2014: WOW! What a ride for Team USA

World Cup 2014: WOW! What a ride for Team USA

Blown Away! That experience I was looking for at the Movie Theater last week? I found it on Massachusetts Ave in Indianapolis yesterday. As a long time follower of the United States Men’s National Team, I am totally blown away by the support they received this year in Brazil. From the 1st game against Ghana to the Portugal game up to the Belgium game yesterday. It was an amazing journey to see how things are changing. Yesterday in Indianapolis...

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World Cup 2014: Everything is now mainstream!

World Cup 2014: Everything is now mainstream!

I made the comment on Twitter recently that everything I like is now mainstream. Growing up in the 1970s, I was and still am a big Rush fan. (The band) When I wore my Rush shirt back in the day, I got teased. I wear it today? Everyone comments on what a great band they are. I am thinking, “What the hell is happening?” My first computer was an Apple Computer. I never bought a Windows machine because they just were not all that fun. Now? I go...

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Peterborough Peterborough Ya Ya Ya – New Hampshire

Peterborough Peterborough Ya Ya Ya – New Hampshire

Soul Place The title of this post is “Peterborough Peterborough Ya-Ya-Ya”. So, you may be wondering, what the heck is that about? Well, when we lived in New Hampshire back in the mid-90s and my kids were really young, we would always go to Pack Monadnock which is a hill just outside of Peterborough, NH. Sometimes, I would drive up the hill and we would hike around the top of the hill, or I would put a kid in the backpack and do the 1.4 miles up...

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Take Me Out To The Fenway Park Boston

Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Take Me Out To The Fenway Park Boston

Baseball isn’t a game, it’s a past-time. This past Saturday, I took in the past-time at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox were in town to take on the “Tampa Bay Devil Rays?” I don’t know, that part just didn’t seem right. It would have been cooler had it been the Detroit Tigers or New York Yankees. As I was sitting there thinking about the game, I was realizing how Baseball is such a different sport. As a soccer guy, I can find similarities in...

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Sanilac Petroglyphs Park outside Cass City Michigan

Sanilac Petroglyphs Park outside Cass City Michigan

So much history hidden for so long Memorial Day weekend, I visited my parents in Michigan. I decided to wander around the thumb area of Michigan. When I was a kid, I had spent some time up there but never truly explored it. When I was a senior in high school, my buddies and I did a camping trip to Sleeper State Park on the Saginaw Bay. But, to say that we explored the thumb would be wrong. We just hung out and drank beer and played around on...

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