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IT’S APPLE PICKING TIME IN NEW YORK

IT’S APPLE PICKING TIME IN NEW YORK

Apples, native to Europe and West Asia, were introduced to North America in the 17th Century. There are approximately 7000 varieties of apples in the world today but only 100 are grown commercially, with an estimated one billion pounds of apples produced yearly. You ever wonder why an apple floats? It’s because apples are...

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COAL WAITING TO BE SHIPPED ALONG THE YANGTZE RIVER

COAL WAITING TO BE SHIPPED ALONG THE YANGTZE RIVER

I read a story in the news some weeks ago about two brothers in China who had survived a coalmine disaster. They had been buried for nearly six days and dug their way out using a pick and their hands. Rescuers had called off efforts to save the brothers after more than a day,...

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LOTUS FOOT

LOTUS FOOT

I didn’t know what to expect when it came to shoes in China. The black cloth Mary Jane shoes were the first footwear that came to mind when I thought of this country. But there’s so much to see when touring China that I hardly knew where to look first. And it wasn’t until...

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STEAM PIPE BURST YESTERDAY ON LEXINGTON AND 42nd ST.

STEAM PIPE BURST YESTERDAY ON LEXINGTON AND 42nd ST.

It was all over the news, “burst steam pipe, rush hour on 42nd Street and Lexington Ave.” A terrible thing to happen, the worst hour of the day and one of the busiest sections of the city. This morning I decided to jump on the express bus and see how close I could get...

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CI QI KOU, AN OLD STREET IN CONGQING, CHINA

CI QI KOU, AN OLD STREET IN CONGQING, CHINA

One of our stops in China was in Chongqing, a city with a population of 6 million people. The city was spread out and we drove for miles in the city proper and everywhere we went there was either a road being built, an huge apartment or office building, or a major highway with...

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This is a test.

This is a test.

I want to see if I can have writing between the pictures. So far I have not been able to figure out how to do this. Be patient with me. I’ll get this thing working for me soon. But you have to realize that most of my time now is spent on the novel....

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SHENNONG STREAM

SHENNONG STREAM

One of the side trips we took while traveling along the Yangtze River was to a place called Shennong Stream. No one on the tour really had any idea what to expect when we got there. A sampan ride through a minor gorge was all that we had been told. So, after breakfast we...

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LADIES ROOMS IN THE FAR EAST

LADIES ROOMS IN THE FAR EAST

Not mentioned very often (or ever) in articles about the Far East are the toilets in the ladies rooms in Japan, Vietman, Cambodia and in China. What you often find in the hand washing areas are either quite common sinks and paper towel dispensers or extraordinarily beautiful areas to clean your hands and adjust...

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BREAKDANCING IN THE PARK

BREAKDANCING IN THE PARK

Devon showing us his breakdance moves. Not bad for a 2 and almost 3/4 year old kid.

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VISITING THE PANDAS

VISITING THE PANDAS

Well, I can’t say that seeing the Panda Bears was a fun experience. That day Beijing was as hot and muggy as any summer day in NYC. And it didn’t see like the Pandas were happy with the weather either. They were lazy looking and seemed to only want to sit in the shade...

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