Some shows are not to be missed. Take a trip to the CIA. When you pull up to the brightly painted ware house in north Hollywood you’ll pause in puzzlement. The gates, an explosion of colors, sports a giant smiling clown with the letters C.I.A. painted over its face. As you stare in perplexity, you’d never know a magical world of wonder waits for you on the other side of the barrier. The Ringmaster of…

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Masque Grotesque, Museum of Archaeology, Dijon France

February 20, 2015

When or what time of the day do you wear your Masque  Grotesque? B+ (Stop-worthy if Near) WEBSITE: Museum of Archaeology PHONE: +33 3 80 48 83 70 HOURS: call for hours 5 Rue Docteur Maret, 21000 Dijon, France

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Israel: Walking the Via Crucis

February 18, 2015

This picture was taken while I wandered the maze of streets that crisscross the age-old city of Jerusalem. A few months earlier, when I turned in the completed manuscript of The Via Crucis to my publisher, I resolved to visit Jerusalem to walk The Via Dolorosa.  Six-weeks before the publishing date, I was in Israel walking “The Way of Suffering,” with my pilgrim’s map in hand. Each Station of the Cross, some well-marked, some not…

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Brass Monkey, Heidelberg Germany

February 13, 2015

Brass Monkey, that funky monkey. Brass Monkey, that chunky monkey. Heidelberg is a delightful stop on any German itinerary. As the oldest and most famous university in Germany, Heidelberg has guarded its laid back lifestyle and preserved a clever quaintness. Goethe used this town as his stomping grounds and Mark Twain began his European travels with an extended stay in Heidelberg. At the entrance to the Old Bridge (Alte Brücke) sits the Brass Monkey. Legend…

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusion, Edinburgh Scotland

February 11, 2015

Looking at life through the lens can be enlightening. In the early 1850’s a house near the top of the Royal Mile was purchased and a camera obscura was installed in the top of the building. The camera and museum became a popular attraction. Today, the camera obscura is still in operation and a wonder to behold.  The museum also contains numerous exhibits that woo and confuse the eyeballas. A wonderment of color, illusion, light…

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Bishop’s Castle, Colorado

February 9, 2015

One man, 40 years, thousands of stones = your own castle. In 1959, 15-year old Jim Bishop bought two and a half acres of land in the San Isabel Forest in southern California with $450 he saved mowing lawns, slinging newspapers, and working for his father with ornamental iron works. By 1969, he was building his cabin out of the endless stones on the property. As Jim’s house expanded some of the locals said it looked like…

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Spiky Headed Monkey Man: Shawn’s Office Oddities

January 31, 2015

He is the thing of nightmares… so a perfect display in my office. Years ago, while boating down the Amazon in Peru for several days, our guide told me a terrifying story around the fire one evening. The story, told as a true tale, was about the Buri-Buri, giant monkeys that turned themselves into men. Every few years the Buri-Buri terrified their village until some sort of sacrifice was given to appease their appetite for human blood….