Going on an Adventure

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. I should think so – in these parts!  We are plain, quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!  Make you late for dinner.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit There are many…

Crossing the Delaware

“Washington’s task was to transform the improbable into the inevitable.”  Joseph J. Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington George Washington once said, “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”  Christmas 1776, while others gathered around the hearth to…

To the River Charles

Today, I came across a poem by one of my favourite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that spoke of his feelings for the Charles River, which is located in the state of Massachusetts. From its source in Hopkinton, it flows 129 kilometres through cities and towns in the eastern part of the state until reaching the…

The Mighty Mississippi

“The Mississippi River towns are comely, clean, well built, and pleasing to the eye, and cheering to the spirit. The Mississippi Valley is as reposeful as a dreamland, nothing worldly about it…nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon.” Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi An “Admiral’s Map” in the Royal Library at Madrid,…

The Man Who Named Canada

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”   Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in…

Into Africa

“We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.”   Desmond Tutu I always smile when I read stories of explorers and their remarkable discoveries that changed the way we look at our world.  It seems that humanity judges progress by time, location and perspective. Before the explorers came,…