A Salute to Fathers

I know Father’s Day is a uniquely American holiday probably created by the greeting card companies or Craftsman tools. But fathers are important in the development of societal norms and in fostering the growth of children. We don’t go through the pain and sacrifice that mothers do and for that reason are sometimes overlooked as being important in a child’s development. However children need two parents and I salute all fathers today who have stayed with their family and provided protection,sustenance and leadership for their children and love them in spite of their flaws.

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Short Sabbatical

I am taking a short sabbatical from posting while I perform the second edit of our new DreamMap Novel entitled Worlds Apart. You may recall in the epilogue of DreamMap Jake and Rose teleport out with Stan who needs help with a problem. The second book starts in Dublin on Earth Prime immediately after they teleport. It is much darker than the first novel and ends with a series of twists and major cliffhanger pointing to the third book in the series.

I hope to be back soon with more images and posts but until then I will be off in a parallel world.

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Beach Ride

The beaches near Tulum and shielded by a barrier reef. The Caribbean waves here are gentle and perfect for snorkeling,swimming, sand castles and when the tide is out, a beach bike ride, with a friend.

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Beach Ride

Tulum Panorama

Last year I published some images from Tulum. Tulum is the last Mayan city constructed before the Spanish invasion and conquest of Mexico. It was constructed on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in what is now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

The city was constructed along the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean and served as a port for other Mayan cities like Coba which was the de facto capital of the Mayan Empire. The ruins are fun to visit because afterwards you can swim in the mild Caribbean waters sheltered by a large reef providing gentle waves and pure white sand. It is not as large a site as Chicha Itsa but maybe more beautiful because of the sea.

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Tulum Panorama

Two Church Village

The Rhine River cruise was too interesting to be boring. However, after a while the villages became predictable. There was a dock, a town hall, a small square and a Church. This town must have been special because there were two churches along the river.

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Two Church Village

Water Towers

We began our sail from Amsterdam in the Netherlands and stood on our veranda watching the Nederlands sweep by. Eight days and 7 ports later we would wind up in Basil Switzerland. Along the Waal river in Holland we saw a few buildings that look like castles. Closer looks reveal they are not. This is a water tower or pumping station. We also saw bridge abutments designed to look like castles.

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Water Tower

Amsterdam View from Central Station

This is a view of Amsterdam catching the afternoon sun in October. It is taken from the left side of Central station at the foot of the bridge.

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Amsterdam View from Central Station