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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

By an odd chance I came across an excerpt from Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner in non-fiction. The selection I read, an opening section from the book, was nothing special in my opinion; to be quite frank, I didn’t like it compared to many other wonderful things I was […]

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Great Journeys of the World

It’s hard to find much better writing or photography than in a National Geographic magazine. So when I found a book of theirs at a liquidation sale, I made no hesitation in snatching it right up. Great Journeys of the World, the hardcover version, was beautifully bound with great pictures and intriguing story titles, so […]

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The 10 Best of Everything: National Parks

Normally I hate lists. I make them all the time for groceries, things I need to do, etc., that I hate them in any other form. I don’t want to see them in blog posts, in magazines, and especially not in books. But then I saw National Geographic’s 10 Best of Everything: National Parks with […]

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An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read in any genre. That only makes sense, since it is presented by actors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. What doesn’t make sense, though, is that it’s not actually a book. It’s a British television show that has, […]

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The Library of Congress: A Photo Essay

Yesterday I toured the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. It is perhaps the most beautifully decorated interior of a building I’ve ever seen. While the tour itself was nothing special, the building’s contents and artwork – only a portion of which is allowed to be photographed – make the visit more than worthwhile. Here’s […]

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The South Pole

There was perhaps no greater achievement in exploration and adventure at the time of Norwegian Captain Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole shortly before Christmas in December, 1911. And more than 100 years later, Roald Amundsen leading a trip to the South Pole is still thought of as an incredible attainment and the crowing […]

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