Shells From the Beach*

Long Island
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” ~Patrick Henry

Our summerhouse is a cottage at East Hampton, Long Island, New York, overlooking the sea. Seventeen vessels in sight, schooners, clippers, hermaphrodite brigs, steamers, great craft and small. Wonder where they come from, and where they are going to, and who is aboard? Continue reading

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The Devil’s Gristmill*

California
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He commanded, and they were created” (Psalm 148:5).

The name the “Devil’s Gristmill” has been given to one of the geysers of California, that group of boiling springs, now famous. Indeed, the whole region has been baptized with Satanic nomenclature. Continue reading

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Exploring Washington, DC

“Only those places that you have visited by foot have you really visited at all.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Almost every place you’ve ever heard of in Washington, DC, is within sight of or walking distance of the National Mall, including many Federal departments (FBI, IRS, EPA, VA, USPS, HUD, NASA, State, Justice, Treasury, Interior, Education, Labor, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Energy, Transportation), and other entities like the Senate Office Buildings, the House Office Buildings, the OAS, the Smithsonian, the Washington Post, the National Geographic, even the Canadian Embassy. Continue reading

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Fine Dining

“Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach flunked geography.” ~Robert Byrne

We live in a country where food has assumed an importance beyond just keeping us alive. Now it is also entertainment and night life. For myself I seldom eat at fine dining (too pricey); never imbibe wine, cocktails, liquor, or beer; and, mostly, avoid any place that serves alcohol, including Applebee’s, O’Charley’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and steakhouses. The last thing I want is a drink menu. Continue reading

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Minnetaunka*

19th-Century Trip to Manitoba
Rail Travel
Guest Writer Mary FitzGibbon

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard

On leaving Lichfield our road lay through some beautiful, slightly undulating country. Between lofty bluffs, the train emerged along the shores of a lovely lake, and before its beauties had disappeared, another and another followed in rapid succession. The first two, Smith and Howard, are much alike. Continue reading

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Pullman Sleeping Car*

19th-Century Trip to Manitoba
Rail Travel
Guest Writer Mary FitzGibbon

“Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine.” ~EM Forster

We came up the Red River in the Minnesota, the vessel in which I had gone down two and a half years before; the same, too, used by Lord and Lady Dufferin, with their party. Some Americans who were with us good-temperedly vied with each other in their efforts to get the staterooms occupied by the vice-regal party, and the steward was asked many questions. Continue reading

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The Railroad at Last*

19th-Century Trip to Manitoba
Overland
Guest Writer Mary FitzGibbon

“Life is made up of marble and mud.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

We reached Tilford about 6 o’clock. How we pitied the pretty, sad-looking woman, wife of the engineer! For having to live in a house stranded on a bank of mud, just high enough to keep out the water! And with mud and marsh on all sides for miles, making it impossible to go out! The couple had no society and only the bare necessaries of life; mail and telegraph were their only means of communication with the outside world. Continue reading

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