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A Peace Corps Family

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In front of church in Antigua, ,Guatemala School event in Chimazat, Guatemala  I’ve never been in the Peace Corps.  It was tempting but my oldest brother beat me to it, getting posted to Ecuador in 1973.   A niece joined in 2004, our son in 2006, another niece in 2008, and the first niece again in… Read more »

Easter in New Orleans

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Trinity Episcopal ChurchGarden District of New Orleans Millions of revelers flow through New Orleans for Mardi Gras at Lent’s beginning but far fewer join festivities when the penitential season ends at Easter.  Yet at the Pasqual celebration, weather is better, gardens fuller and a different kind of hat rules – the Easter bonnet.  It was… Read more »

Mardi Gras in Shreveport or Confessions of a Mardi Gras Bead Newbie

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Brad Graff, King of Gemini XXIV Parade Queen of Gemini Parade The idea of joining 1.5 million revelers in New Orleans for Mardi Gras made this slightly claustrophobic traveler nervous.  However, experiencing similar parades in Shreveport with more locals than tourists was appealing. I just wasn’t prepared to be caught up in the bead mania…. Read more »

Watching the World Cup with the World

It is the world’s biggest sports event – viewed by hundreds of millions around the world every four years. The Super Bowl doesn’t come close. World Cup play means the Dallas Morning News has real soccer coverage. It’s also the best opportunity to meet other soccer lovers in bars around the world. The World Cup… Read more »