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San Miguel Mission (photo from Wikipedia.com)

CATHOLIC MISSIONS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

The first westerners to arrive in most of the Rocky Mountain states were, not surprisingly, Catholic missionaries: Spanish missionaries into the southern Rockies and French missionaries into the northern Rockies.  Just as they did in Texas and California, these early Catholic explorers left behind a string of missions, many of which are the oldest churches […]

Great Salt Lake Temple

AMERICA’S MORMON PILGRIMAGE TRAIL

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormon Church as it is more commonly called, is the largest completely home-grown American Christian denomination. Founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, this unusual movement had an adventurous if rough early history.  Begun in New York state, its members moved several times ever westward across […]

Church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian(flickr.com)

BRAZIL’S MOST HISTORIC RELIGIOUS SITES

When considering the great religious sites of Brazil, the first thing most people think of is the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer with its arms outstretched as if embracing the city skyline from its perch on Mount Corcovado.  This magnificent site, one of the best known symbols of Christianity in the world, was in […]

Atlanta Olympic Torch

AMERICA’S BEST OLYMPIC SITES

On July 27, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad will open in Rio de Janeiro, temporarily uniting the world once more in the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship of the Summer Olympics. Even Americans, who are usually aloof when it comes to international sports, get caught up in Olympic fever, and we have the history […]

A Little Blue Angel

AMERICA’S BEST NAVAL, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUMS

America’s love affair with aviation began immediately after the first Wright brother’s flight in 1903. The fascination with military aviation began during the First World War, which saw America’s first flying aces, such as Eddie Rickenbacker, emerge as national heroes.  It continued into the Second World War, the Cold War, and ultimately into the Space […]

Coming Attractions…

NANDA DEVI

Uttar Pradesh (7,816 m) – Sacred Mountain of the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda Nanda Devi is arguably India’s most famous mountain. The tallest mountain located entirely within India’s borders, it is famous for several reasons. First, it is home to one of the world’s biosphere reserves, and as such has been declared a world heritage […]

MOUNT SINAI

Feran, Egypt Mount Sinai, also called Jabal Musa by the local Bedouins, is the site traditionally identified as the Biblical Mount Sinai, and has been unofficially recognized as such by a majority of Jews, Christians and Muslims for many centuries.  It is a place highly revered by all three faiths, and because of its out-of-the-way […]

Howard’s Random Ramblings

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HOW THE CONSTITUTION STUCK US WITH CLINTON AND TRUMP

As the two major political parties wrap up their respective primary seasons, we are presented with what I personally believe could be the worst choice of presidential candidates ever presented to the American people.  On the left is an entrenched establishment politician with a sketchy track record who may soon be indicted for some very […]

A Very Sad Natalie

ORLANDO – COME FOR A WEEK OR DON’T COME AT ALL

Any first year economics student can tell you that a significant increase in competition should normally lead to lower prices for the consumer.  That is, unless, of course, you are talking about theme parks in Orlando.  In this strange, topsy-turvy world that calls itself the City Beautiful, the stiffer the competition gets between the world’s […]