Month: November 2013

Travel Photo Thursday: Surviving Thanksgiving.

Travel Photo Thursday: Surviving Thanksgiving.

Sometimes just surviving the annual family Thanksgiving fete is a monumental feat in itself. Too much wine, too much food, too little Alka-Seltzer!

Ben Franklin is wrongly thought to have said that the humble turkey, not the regal bald eagle, should be our national bird. At least he didn’t want it to be the crow. Just think what a thankless Thanksgiving meal that ebony member of the avian family corvidae would have made, with or without its feathers intact after roasting.

This hen turkey photographed at the farmer’s market in Kelowna, British Columbia, might have thought that she was escaping a fate equal to death if she had flown north from the U.S. singing “O, Canada!

Turkey IMG_1390

But such a flight would have been one of where she was fancied for her flesh by the citizens of his adopted country. And she would have simply met her fate sooner, rather than later, since Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving festival on the second Monday in October.

Happy Thanksgiving from Tales Told From The Road, wherever on earth you may be today!

Away from home with JFK, MLK, and RFK

Away from home with JFK, MLK, and RFK

In the summer of 1961, six months after being sworn in as the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy found himself in the cross-hairs of a dangerous political situation. Kennedys

(National Archives Photo on Flickr)

As did his brother, U.S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy. As did civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. In August of that year, just weeks before I entered high school, I was blissfully unaware of this even as I traveled toward that part of the country where the situation had become explosive.

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Living in Space, Living on Earth

Living in Space, Living on Earth

Pam Mandel in Space Helmet
(Pam Mandel Facebook Photo)

Seattle-based travel writer and blogger, Pam Mandel, has traveled to Hawaii and plays the ukulele.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has traveled to the International Space Station and plays the guitar.

This past weekend they came to Earth with their string instruments at the legendary San Francisco Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage in Corte Madera. They played and sang Elton John’s  “Rocket Man”  and discussed the movie Gravity during their conversation about Hadfield’s new book about his travels in space, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything.

While I circled the store’s parking lot looking for a place to land my “shuttle,” my wife walked into the store to secure us seats for the Hadfield-Mandel event. A couple of minutes later, after finding neither nook nor cranny in which we could sit or stand, she called me on her “communicator” to say “It’s a zoo in there!” Much chagrined, we drove home at something less warp speed.

But although I missed their “Live!” performance, I was able to watch that dynamic literary and musical duo in action via this YouTube video filmed at Book Passage.

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