Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

The largest and most horrific battle in the history of North America took place over the first three days of July, 1863 near the tiny hamlet of Gettysburg in southeastern Pennsylvania not far from the Maryland border. More than 10,000 American troops were killed in the battle and another 30,000 were wounded.

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

On October 4, 1863 the following proclamation appeared on the font page of The New York Times:

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Neon New York

On our last evening in New York City last year we went over to Tony’s on West 43rd Street for a nice Italian dinner and then walked over to Times Square to see the neon lights. We weren’t disappointed but we didn’t see much neon. Fifty years ago all of the electric signs around were neon. Now they are mostly LEDs. But they still look like neon.

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St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City

On our way home from vacationing in Spain and Portugal last year we stopped for four days in New York City before flying back to California. On one of those days my wife decided to do some shopping in the Bryant Park vicinity while my sisters and I walked around Manhattan. The first leg of our walk took us to the NY High Line (see here). Then we rode on the subway to Central Park West and W 72nd St., walked across Central Park and then down 5th Avenue and back to our Bryant Park hotel. Along the way we came across St Patrick’s Cathedral and I decided to visit the church and take some pictures.

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Inarajan on the Southeast Coast of Guam

We drove around the island on our first full day in Guam last June and when we got to Inarajan on Guam’s southeast coast we parked and lingered and looked around. Most of the lingering and looking occurred around the calm and shallow waters known as the Inarajan Pools.

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The Most Beautiful Beach on Guam

Ritidian Beach lies at the northernmost tip of Guam. For many years the beach and the land surrounding it was owned by the US Navy and closed to the public. But in 1993 the Navy turned over its Ritidian property to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for a wildlife refuge and now what some people call the most beautiful beach in Guam is open to visitors. So when my wife’s nephew Joe offered to drive us to the beach on our last day in Guam we jumped at the chance. As you will soon see, we were not disappointed.

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A Day in Talofofo, Part Three

My first visit to Talofofo Falls was back in 1972, a few months after a Japanese soldier named Sergeant Yokoi was discovered. He had been hiding in the jungle near the falls for 27 years. When I returned to the falls in 2004 I found that an amusement park had been developed around the area with a number of strange attractions including a replica of the cave where Yokoi lived. We showed the falls to my older daughter and her family in 2015 and the park seemed to be rundown. It was even worse this year when we visited the falls again with our younger daughter and her family.

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