Category Archives: u.s.a.

voice of america.


on president’s day

remembering those placemats that taught us about our country 

“justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity,

those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.”

-aleksandr solzhenitsyn

post office.


Ochopee has one 131-mile mail route that serves more than 900 residents. The mail route covers deliveries in three counties and includes delivery on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. The tiny building used to serve as a storage shed for irrigation pipes for a tomato farm but was pressed into service as post office after the Ochopee general store/post office was destroyed in a fire in 1953.

“another success is the post office, with its educating energy augmented by cheapness and guarded by a certain religious sentiment in mankind; so that the power fo a wafer or a drop of wax or gluten to guard a letter, as it flies over sea, over land, and comes to its address as if a battalion of artillery brought it, i look upon as a fine meter of civilization.”

-ralph waldo emerson

stand up for the u.s.p.s





credits: patrick riley, naples daily news, luke franke, orlando sentinel

get on the bus.


what an adventure it would be to travel on the ‘make america kind again’ bus


“human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the figure of a free people.

a nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

americans kick off the week with a day off. some of us.



here’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever read about our 10th president:

john tyler was born in 1790.

he took office in 1841, after william henry harrison died.

and he has two living grandchildren.

not great-great-great-grandchildren.

their dad was tyler’s son.


the tyler men have a habit of having kids very late in life.

lyon gardiner tyler, one of president tyler’s 15 kids, was born in 1853.

he fathered lyon gardiner tyler jr. in 1924, and harrison ruffin tyler in 1928.

harrison tyler has been interviewed in the last few years for new york magazine.

lyon tyler spoke to the daughters of the american revolution a while back.

it’s all in the math.

his living legacy continues.


credits: j.english, mentalflossmagazine, google images

love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. – andre breton



all of the

grand babies





so far


meet in one box.

all on one continent together

for the very first time.


and it is a summit meeting

of the highest order

where they

talk about

important things


should we go climb in something else?

do you have squirrels or kangaroos where you live?

can you read?

how old will you be when it’s your birthday?

 can you ride a  bike?

does anyone know where my sippy cup is?

IMG_0125 and 

in an instant

they know

they are


one family.


I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. E. M. Forster


if i could be doing anything, i’d be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on tv. – anita baker


IMG_0113 waking up on their first morning here,

the aussie  joeys begin their day,


junk food,

stuffed animals,





in the cottage

of their grandmother,


who loves them.

 life would be perfect if:

Mondays were fun, junk food was healthy, drama didn’t exist,

and goodbyes were only until tomorrow.

– author unknown

never go on trips with anyone you do not love. – ernest hemingway



the aussies have finally landed on the continent

and the little joeys have been like this since their arrival in nyc.

can’t wait until they hit ann arbor on sunday night.

jet lag is your soul trying to catch up after flying.

ryan ross