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Photos from the Hermitage (Part 1 of 2)
Saturday, August 18, 2012      16 comments

It is hard to capture the scale of the Hermitage. There are over 300 (THREE HUNDRED!) rooms, the ceilings are 40 to 50 feet high, the stuff that looks like gold really is gold, and all the floors and doors are inlaid wood of amazing craftsmansh... Read more
Today's photo from the Russian Trip
Friday, August 17, 2012      12 comments

I loved this statue. (Inside the Hermitage) Keep on Sparkin' friends.... Read more
I always wanted to be in Gryffindor
Wednesday, August 15, 2012      11 comments

(Griffin Statutes on Bank Bridge over the Griboedov Canal in St. Petersburg) Let's make today a good day, SparkFriends; Let's track our eating and our exercise; Let's... Read more
Two reasons why Saint Petersburg is the most beautiful city in the world
Tuesday, August 14, 2012      20 comments

My lovely SparkFriend CLAIREINPARIS takes lovely photographs of her lovely city. She takes these on her frequent hikes and then posts them on her blog. She really is a very talented photographer and if you haven't seen her blogs, you should ta... Read more
Flying on the ground
Monday, August 13, 2012      12 comments

The following paragraph is from Wikipedia (
candal): "During the period from 1936 to 1950, National City Lines and Pacific City Linesówith investment from GM, Firestone Tire, Sta... Read more
Taking off my wedding ring
Sunday, August 12, 2012      14 comments

I did something today that I haven't done in over 15 years: played tennis. I'm left handed and, at one point, I noticed that my ring - rubbing against the racquet - was starting to irritate my finger. I didn't want to get a blister, so I switc... Read more
Moscow: Tsaritsyno (w/ pics)
Saturday, August 11, 2012      9 comments

When you see how the tsars lived while the workers struggled simply to exist, you can understand why there was a revolution. Early on in our trip to Russia, we visited Tsaritsyno, a huge palace and an even bigger estate in Moscow that was once ... Read more
Bet you didn't know you could read Russian (w/ pics)
Friday, August 10, 2012      14 comments

Try this: See? Or how about this: Wow, you're good at this. Try another one: ... Read more
Please help these dogs
Thursday, August 09, 2012      16 comments

... because clearly they have a problem. I took this photo on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg. Russian dogs sleep it off after a hard night of partying. ... Read more
Lessons from India: how to wash clothes in a bucket
Sunday, August 05, 2012      14 comments

On a school field trip into Bangalore the other day we went first to the planetarium and then to the water board. At the water board, there were a number of exhibits on how to conserve water including one on why you should buy one of the newer ... Read more
Teaching Computers in India
Friday, August 03, 2012      13 comments

Hi SparkFriends. This is a cut and paste of an email I sent to my friend Janaki. She runs the school that I'm at here in India, but she's back in the States because her friend Burke is undergoing a cancer treatment. Anyway, I thought you migh... Read more
Where has TAICHIDANCER gone? (w/ pics)
Thursday, June 07, 2012      47 comments

In the world of weight loss blogs, no news is bad news. Frequently it means that the blogger has gotten off track, maybe gained a few pounds, and is reluctant to admit that on the blog. So the blogger has an interior conversation that goes som... Read more
Streaks are Made to be Broken
Sunday, June 03, 2012      12 comments

On Saturday, the combination of an all-day meeting and rain did in the streak. By 8:30 at night I only had 2,000 steps, it was raining, and I had a headache. So I took a break. I ended the day with only 3,001 steps. Then this morning I... Read more
The Things I'll Do To Keep a Streak Alive
Wednesday, May 30, 2012      20 comments

If you've been following my page, you'll know I made the New Year's Resolution to average 10,000 steps a day. It is turning out to be harder than I thought, but I'm still working to make my goal. May has been surprisingly tough, but I'm fin... Read more
To my darling wife
Sunday, May 27, 2012      15 comments

Thank you dear for being my wife, My comrade, my confidant, My lover, my friend. You make me laugh, You make me think, You keep my secrets, And you have my back. Thank you for loving me at my heaviest, For seeing the man a... Read more

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