Category Archives: fun

World’s largest cities with three (3) letter names

Below is a compilation of the world’s largest cities with only three letters in their names. These cities represent a total of 35 nations. Interestingly, none of the cities on the list are from the United States, Canada, Australia, or … Continue reading

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The Pumpkins return with a “Smashing” good record

Back in the 1990s, the Smashing Pumpkins were among the elite rock bands rotating on MTV. They also released one of the most infectious and enjoyable tunes of the decade with “1979.” Since the turn of the century, their starlit … Continue reading

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The High Desert bursts forth in a symphony of colors

It has been fascinating to watch the vast variety of plants burst forth with they spring time blossoms here in New Mexico’s High Desert environment for the first time. Below are a series of photographs from the past week showing … Continue reading

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Scaling peaks of stone despite achy bones: A memoir and and an aspiration

I wish I had discovered my passion for peak hiking earlier in life. Not realizing it until my early 60s has left me with less time to explore summits than I would have preferred. Despite the delay, the rewards often … Continue reading

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Los destinos divinos de Latinoamérica: Ciudades con nombres religiosos más allá de San/o, o Santa/o [Latin America’s divine destinations: Cities with religious names beyond San/o, or Santa/o]

A continuación se enumeran las ciudades y pueblos de América Latina que tienen nombres religiosos, pero no incluyen San, Sao, Santa o Santo en su nombre. Esto también sería no tener Saint en su nombre en inglés o francés. Como … Continue reading

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Ten dreamy planning lessons from cruising Michigan’s Woodward Corridor

The following are ten planning lessons from the quartet of amazing Detroit area suburban cities situated along the famous Woodward Corridor, home of the annual Dream Cruise each August. Those four Southeast Michigan cities are Birmingham, Ferndale, Pontiac, and Royal … Continue reading

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Cities and towns on the go –> Go –> GO!

For a little fun on a Friday, the following list identifies those cities and towns around the globe whose name (or a portion thereof) ends with the pronunciation of “go.” Geographically, there are 23 nations represented on the list, as … Continue reading

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Best TV, music & movies seen/heard in 2023 May

The following are my favorite television shows, movies, and music seen/heard for the first time in 2023, as ranked through May 22nd. TELEVISION – Comedies Ted Lasso – Season 3 (Apple TV) Reboot (Hulu) That ’90s Show (Netflix) The Ranch … Continue reading

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The 50 largest canyons in the USA by land area

Below are the 50 largest canyons in the United States, ranked by land area. Using, the list was generated and known errors were removed/corrected. *In addition, several parks containing multiple canyons, like Canyonlands, Cedar Mesa, Zion, Bryce, and Grand … Continue reading

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Backyard birds: Comparing central New Mexico with northwest Lower Michigan

Moving across the country offers a unique opportunity to witness a diverse range of songbirds in one’s backyard. The amount of variation between the two ecosystems is substantial. While central New Mexico near Albuquerque is located at the northern edge … Continue reading

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