Monthly Archives: October 2017

Wooden Playground in Barney Castle Garden, Ireland

There is a small playground mostly made of wooden poles on the Blarney Castle grounds.  (No I did not kiss the Barney Stone.  But near the stone, I took a dive and sprained by knee and bruised my hip.  I … Continue reading

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Europe’s Two Oldest Lighthouses

Tower of Hercules, Galacia, Spain The first stone of what is now known as the Tower of Hercules, was laid just after the time of Christ.  During the 1st century A.D., the lighthouse guided Roman ships as they travelled north during … Continue reading

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Irish Monks in the Early Middle Ages

At the Irish National Stud and Gardens, located near Dublin, is an beautifully landscaped area dedicated to Irish monks of the early Middle Ages.  The St. Fiachra’s Garden (information from garden signs): . . . seeks to capture the inspiration … Continue reading

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Bluff’s (Utah) 2016 Burnable Art

Most years just before the Winter Solstice, artists in Bluff, Utah, construct a masterpiece out of sticks and twigs.  In 2016, their burnable art was 2 large cranes.  They torched in on the solstice, Dec 20th.

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Playground Structure: Reciprocating Snake

The below reciprocating snake structure was observed in a playground in Kildare, Ireland: This structure might be a great addition to a playground area with a lot of space.

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LDS Miracle in Ethiopia?

Elder M. Russell Ballard, an LDS apostle, recently retold one of his personal spiritual experiences, proof to him of miracles.  His talk is summarized in wheatandtares.org: Elder Ballard relates an experience he had in 1984 visiting Ethiopia during the terrible ’83-’85 … Continue reading

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Outdoor Waterless Urinals in Paris

Over 50 years ago, I served an LDS mission in northeastern France (Alsace-Lorraine).  Public urination was a problem.  For example, on the exterior of Strasbourg’s beautiful Gothic cathedral were “defense d’uriner” (don’t urinate) signs.  The signs didn’t seem to do … Continue reading

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Visit to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Bret Berger’s and my’s recent trip (July 2017) to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,was coordinated by the Carr Foundation.  Greg Carr, founder of the foundation, is a high school friend of Bret’s and his foundation has a 20-year agreement to manage … Continue reading

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Three Must-do Adventures in Central Romania

During a recent trip to Romania (Oct 2017), there were 3 areas/sites that I really enjoyed.  The area around Medias is known for its wonderful fortified churches.  While we didn’t visit any, they were very prominent features in the regional … Continue reading

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Installing Swing Sets in Roma Romania

Recently a friend Bret, his cousin George, and I traveled to Eastern Europe to install 2 swing sets in central Romania. The work was coordinated by an LDS service missionary couple.  They lined us up with a British couple working … Continue reading

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