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Entries from June 2019

Sports: Injury Time

June 15th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I suppose this began when I began regularly watching the National Football League, again, for the first time in two decades. Injuries. Injuries everywhere. But now, the ugly injuries are by no means concentrated in the realm of football. They are everywhere. As NBA fans could tell you after Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon […]

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Iceland: Go or No Go?

June 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Iceland, tourism, Travel, Uncategorized

Two full days in Iceland, as well as one very long evening and one very early morning. Enough to have an opinion on the little island in the upper reaches of the north Atlantic? Of course it is. We all make snap judgments, some snappier than others, given on how long we are around a […]

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The Church on the Hill

June 9th, 2019 · No Comments · Iceland, Lutherans, tourism, Travel

Seven of us are sharing a comfortable home near the port and downtown of Reykjavik, capital and biggest city of Iceland. On our first night there, I noticed an interesting, modern church that seemed to be made of pentagonal blocks. The whole of it was painted white. And it was about 100 yards from where […]

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Iceland Required Viewing: The Golden Circle Tour

June 8th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

Some tourists travel to Iceland planning a lengthy stay. A week, or more, which probably includes outdoorsy activities. Climbing mountains and such. Hiking up dormant volcanoes. Deep-sea fishing. Or perhaps they want to take a leisurely drive around the edges of the world’s 13th-biggest island, spending nights in tiny hotels or under a tent. Waiting […]

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A Weekend in Iceland

June 7th, 2019 · 1 Comment · tourism, Travel

  Always wanted to go to Iceland. And here we are. When flying to Europe from Southern California, on the great circle route, people can sometimes see Iceland from 35,000 feet, looking cool and inviting, and it seems a bit odd that we never went on down and landed and looked around. We finally did. […]

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75 Years Later, France to Allies: ‘Merci’

June 6th, 2019 · No Comments · France, Germany, Paris

Seventy-five years ago today, 150,000 American, British and Canadian troops landed in France to begin the reclamation of Europe and especially France from Nazi Germany. Recalling D-Day, as June 6, 1944 is known in the U.S., has been a very big thing this week, here in France, and I am more than a little surprised. […]

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My New Competitive Heroes: A Fat Guy and a Librarian

June 4th, 2019 · No Comments · Boxing, Jeopardy!

Two fun developments over the past few days: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man won the heavyweight boxing championship, and a librarian ended a reign of terror on the game show “Jeopardy!” Both results were unexpected. And welcome. The first hero was Andy Ruiz Jr., winning a seventh-round knockout victory over the previously unbeaten Englishman Anthony […]

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Baseball Attendance Down? High Prices Are to Blame

June 1st, 2019 · 2 Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I have held a Baseball Writer’s Association of America press credential for the past 30 years or so, which goes a long way toward explaining my shock and horror at the price of Major League Baseball tickets. BBWAA credential-holders do not pay to enter the stadium. Any MLB stadium. In my mind, when I get […]

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