My new book, ‘The Chronicles of CS Lewis’ will be out in early spring. I need to have 25 reviews for Amazon when the book goes up. Will you be one of those reviewers? Qualifications: 1. You like to read 2. You like me 3. You can read a 191 page book in a month 4. You have some sort of interest in C.S. Lewis 5. You want a free copy of the book If…

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St. George Lucas, Florence Italy

December 14, 2015

Who am I to argue sci-fi hagiography?  You be the judge. While visiting Florence Italy one overcast afternoon I ducked inside The Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano  just in time to escape a deluge of rain that fell for a half an hour.  About a hundred other people, mostly locals, were using the church to stay out of the unexpected thunderstorm.  Most sat quietly praying, whispering or waiting for a break in the torrent. As…

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Rattlesnake Museum, Albuquerque New Mexico

November 30, 2015

This museum rattles everyone. A museum dedicated to the most feared snake in America? Brilliant!  Located in Old Town Albuquerque, the American International Rattlesnake Museum is dedicated to the preservation and education of rattlesnakes.  There are other various reptiles that are housed in the museum but the rattlesnake is the star of the show.  Make sure you are there for a demonstration and question and answer session with the owner, Bob Meyers. You can also…

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The Emperor of Cuckoos, Triberg Germany

November 9, 2015

The person who made this was cuckoo. The village of Triberg Germany is the undisputed cuckoo clock capital of the world. (Try to say that 10x fast.) As you walk the main street of the village you’ll see (and hear) clocks everywhere.  There are even a few massice cuckoos.  But don’t stop there. Take a drive down the B33 as it leaves town toward Hornberg you will come to Edle Uhren-Park, the home of the…

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Giant’s Causeway, North Ireland

November 2, 2015

Some bridges need to be torn down. In the ancient of days, when giants and beasts still wandered Eire, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) lived a happy existence on the Antrim coast with the love of his life, his wife Oonagh… that was until the incessant taunts of his rival in Scotland, Benandonner came to a head. Benandonner often came to the Scottish coast teasing Finn from afar and challenging him to battles to prove…

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The Amazon, Peru

October 26, 2015

The hardest and best trip I’ve ever been a part of. There are a few voyages that take on mythic proportions when you dream about them:  crossing the seas for a chance to stand on Antarctica, climbing mountains in Nepal, a sailboat journey through the South Pacific, or hiking the Appalachian Trail.  A few years ago, I took a mythic journey that remains one of the best voyages I have ever been a part of:…

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The Banff Merman, Banff Alberta Canada

October 19, 2015

Banff’s oldest celebrity resident. Banff is one of those rich and famous getaways where you don’t expect to find anything curious.  Sure, there is abundant natural beauty and lots of high end restaurants but oddities aren’t in the picture… that is unless you wander into the Indian Trading Post. Walk into the back room, past the stuffed grizzly, numerous taxidermy creatures, and authentic native artifacts and your eyes will meet an oddity delight and a…