The Best Gifts For The Traveler In Your Life


The best gifts are always those that show how much you know a person. That’s an ironclad rule across the board. A lot of us know a person to whom travel is more than just a yearly vacation, it’s part of their lifestyle. An itch they absolutely have to scratch. If you know someone bit by the travel bug, then a gift that fits that lifestyle can be the most valuable of all:

Their Memories:

Travelers like to do more than roam the world, many of them like to document it in some way. Gifts that can help them do that encourage them not only to do what they love but to keep sharing it. If they’re a photographer, then lenses, cases, tripods, and so on can help them take better pictures. A handmade, leather-bound notebook can encourage them to start keeping travel diaries. Even photo frames containing some…

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Bonita Beach sunset

Yes I did learn a lot from your blog!


My friend, Peggy sent this to me,

as I was editing it on my cellphone,


So sorry, my friends. . .

I accidentally published this

Bonita Beach, Florida photo

before I was finished with

writing this about what

I would consider

a beautiful

“postcard style”


Peggy boarded her

jet plane under less

favorable circumstances.

Unfortunately, she and her

brother, John, are settling

the estate of her mother’s.


When we used to go to Michaeli’s,

a Scottish pub, we would get up and

sing karaoke in front of other patrons.

My favorite memory was when she

had her boyfriend, Tim, and I had my

good guy friend, Bill. We were there

with Lu and her husband, Ray. The

other couple who joined us was

composed of Felda and Jason.

When Lu, Peggy and I got

up to sing: 🎼 🎵 🎶

“Leaving on a Jet Plane”

not many…

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Scientific studies now exist that defend
Stress as something good which we need to extend
Our productive lives,  as we get on in years.
So perhaps we should fuel, not conquer our fears
And dwell on what is scary in the world today
So we can keep our minds sharp and dotage at bay.

That’s easier today than it was in the past
Thanks to round-the-clock, in your face, varied and vast
News media, that seem to excel at frightening
(But not at their job – informing and enlightening!)

Illustration: Bangor Daily Tribune

Whenever we search for what we used to call “news”,
Major world events and leaders’ well-reasoned views,
The depths of human depravity appear
In bold print before our eyes or loudly in our ear.
We get endless non-reporting, in-depth and detail,
Of the endless ways in which the conscience can derail

A killer with a torture device collection,

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Spirit in the Sky


“It is in happy remembrance

that the heart 💗

finds its

greatest joy.”

~ * ~

by Helen Steiner Rice

~ * ~

What do you see in this image?

My coworker thinks there’s a crown,

my friend thinks there’s a dove or

eagle with wings spread wide.

I see a beautiful portal or

wormhole in the circle

in the sky! Lots of

planes and


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This photograph was taken

by reocochran, 1/31/18.

Norman Greenbaum sang

this song in 1969, making it

a Gold record for the year and

being added to the Top 100 hits

for U.S. Billboard for 15 weeks!

It sold 2 million copies and made it

to Top record lists for the U.K.

and Australia, too.

I was 14 in 1969,

I liked the rowdy horns

or instruments which created

a unique sound to this song.

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Winter Blues and Some Self-Care

Live In The Nautical

“Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality. Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

Adios January

I am pretty sure we can all happily say peace out January, do not let the calendar hit you in the posterior. Maybe it was just me, though I know a lot of my blogging friends felt the same way, but January was not butterflies and sunshine. It was disgusting dirty snow and arctic temps that should be illegal.

While people were getting excited about changing themselves those first few days, it was all I could, to pull myself out of my warm…

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