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Sept. 22, 2023

During my travels in Ecuador I visited 36 towns/cities. In Per´, I visited 38; in Chile, only five; and in Argentina, I visited 16. In Uruguay, I visited five, and in Brazil, three. And in Paraguay I have visited 26. In Colombia I've visited 82. That's 211 towns/cities in South America.

I'm in Armenia, Colombia.

I Chose the other Path

Sept 1, 2019

Beach between Puerto Colombia and Puerto Valero

Sometimes you find yourself on a path you didn't intend to take, but that doesn't mean it won't take you to a wonderful place.

Sometimes you find yourself on a path you did intend to take, but that doesn't mean it will take you to a wonderful place.

Sometime you might choose to take a different path, the path less taken, less popular, but that doesn't mean it won't take you someplace wonderful.

Sometime you will have to make a choice - the path to the left? The path to the right? Which should I choose? How do I decide? Do I go down the popular, well-trodden path? Or the path with many uncertainties?

The healing path

Aug 25, 2019

Sunset at Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Life is full of negativity, it is full of bad experiences, but what do you do when you confront adverse situations in your life?

I learned in that terrible year after the death of my wife what not to do.

I learned from the many deaths in my family that a person cannot live if he/she closes himself to everyone close to him.

That is what I did in that year that turned into a living hell. I hope you who are reading this will not do what I did if you find yourself in a life-changing situation. I hope you will read on and find out what I did to get on the path to healing.

After such a difficult time in life, we need to be open to other people. We need to talk to other people. We need to get the feelings out of our mind and out in the air.

Different paths?

Aug 19, 2019

A good path and a not-so-good path, which to take?

Does life have different paths?

I decide to take a particular road and am then involved in an accident. Life would be different.

If I had left just 10 seconds later, would I have missed that accident? Life would be different.

If I had taken a different road, would I have missed that accident? Life would be different.

You decide to go out for dessert; you sit at one particular table facing a particular direction, would we have met? Life would be different.

What has happened to my home country?

Aug 5, 2019

Mass shootings in the first half of 2019 in the USA.

Another day, another mass shooting. 2019.

  • Dayton, Ohio - 9 dead, 27 injured
  • El Paso, Texas - 22 dead, 26 injured
  • Gilroy, California - 3 dead, 15 injured
  • Brooklyn, New York - 1 dead, 11 injured
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia - 12 killed, 4 injured

Mass shootings and shootings total 253 so far this year. That's more shootings than days.

First, in the map are many dots, each one represents a mass shooting. The map was put together by the Gun Violence Archive ( They consider a mass shooting as being 4 or more people shot and/or killed in one location and at one time. For reference, the FBI considers 3 or more to be a mass shooting.

Just this past week we have seen 4 mass shootings in my home country. What is wrong with that place? I'm struggling with what to make of it. My mind is boggled by what I see on the news. Never in my life has life in the US been so thrown out of sync, so far from the norm, upside-down. What's even more mind-boggling is how so many people continue to support the man who espouses hatred and racism, the man who encourages violence against other people simply because he himself doesn't like the color of their skin - who is that man? The Fool on the Hill, the President of the US.

The USA is number 1 in what?

July 28, 2019

A rock formation in the Santa Catalina Mountains beside Tucson, AZ.

People all over the world often think of the USA as the number 1 country in the world. People in the US think their country is the number one country in the world. While it is true the US is the number one economy in the world, in other categories the statistics tell another story.

I researched many categories of statistics for many countries, from various sources that rank countries, and present what I found below. From these various sources of information we learn that the USA is not numero uno in any categories that a US citizen can take pride in.