Month: October 2014

Travel Photo Thursday: Take Me Out to The Ball Game

Travel Photo Thursday: Take Me Out to The Ball Game

It’s the time of year when leaves are changing color and Americans are getting ready to carve Halloween Pumpkins.

And that means that, like Reggie Jackson, I’m “Mr. October.” No, you won’t see me slugging homers over the fence during the World Series, but after largely ignoring what was happening during the 162-game regular season, you will find me sitting in front of the TV paying attention to major league baseball for the first time in 2014.

Batter Up!

Of course this year I’m really into the Series since the San Francisco Giants who play about 20-odd miles down from my home are hoping to win the league championship for the third time since 2010.

I’ve seen the Giants at their home field, San Francisco’s AT&T Park, and taken a “behind-the-scenes” tour of it, but here are some photos of other major league baseball parks that I’ve visited.

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“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

Depending on how you calculate it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has simmered along, occasionally boiling over, for almost 30 years, or since before the mid-mark of the 20th century.

So it figures that a  movie whose story is set on both sides of the “Israeli West Bank barrier,” a 25-foot-plus high “security” wall, would focus on the region’s volatile politics.

And while the conflict serves as the backdrop for Omar, the official submission of Palestine to the 2014 Oscars in the best foreign language film category, it involves universal themes: Friendship, love, trust, and betrayal.

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Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

I should be in Athens now.

Athens Pano
(Tiago Flickr Photo)

But I’m not.

A half-century ago I was history major in college and the history that I found most fascinating was that of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Why, I can’t say.

My high school Latin teacher, who sometimes wore his U.S. Army Reserve officer’s uniform to class, was “into” Julius Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic Wars. And I’m sure I read Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra in English Lit.

Somewhere along the line, the Greeks came marching into my brain. Pericles, Socrates, Plato, Aristophanes, Homer, and all of the guys from way “back in the day” left their mark in my memory banks.

I’ve been as far east on the European Continent as Prague, as far south as Rome, both less than a two-hour flight from Athens, but just far enough of a detour off my planned itinerary to keep me from getting there.

But this year, I’m finally going to visit the capital of Greece, just not the way I had hoped.

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