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75 Years Ago — Hiroshima

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [67]

Archival entry from October 2014  journals.worldnomads.com/vagabondstoo EVERYONE KNOWS THE STORY, how on the morning of 6 August, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the sleepy city of Hiroshima, effectively ending World War II ... Read more >

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Mourning Beirut—A Look Back in Time

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [73]

Journal Entry from February 14, 2015  journals.worldnomads.com/vagabondstoo THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER SEARCHED OUR PASSPORTS, page by page, for evidence of a visit to Israel which would deny us entry into Lebanon.  No worries — they ... Read more >

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Black Lives Still Matter

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [79]

IT MIGHT BE A COINCIDENCE—OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST FATE.  Connie and I visited Denver’s Martin Luther King Memorial on the same day as Rep. John Lewis’s funeral, the same Civil Rights leader who marched across the Pettis Bridge with ... Read more >

The Road to Recovery

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [63]

HOPE AND CROSBY TRAVELED MANY ROADS TOGETHER—to Singapore and Zanzibar, Morocco and Rio, Bali and Hong Kong and even Utopia.  Connie and I have also traveled those roads—we still haven't found Utopia—but for me, none has been more ... Read more >

Something To Think About

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [113]

AMONG THE THINGS I AM CURRENTLY reading is The 40s: The Story of a Decade,  a selection of articles from New Yorker Magazine .   Granted, most articles pre-date my existence (I am looking forward to reading The 60s volume) but the authors, ... Read more >

On The Town

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [86]

EXCEPT FOR HAIRCUTS AND GROCERY SHOPPING, all of our excursions into the outside world have been of a medical nature.  Annual dental check-ups and cleaning, physicals, eye exams, mammograms, shoulder replacement, cataract surgery and twice-weekly ... Read more >


Sun, 5 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [131]

WITH APOLOGIES TO "THE BOSS," we are bored out of my minds stuck here in the U.S.A.   We should have enough to keep us busy with surgeries and rehab, out-of-control Covid cases, racial discord, and a generally upgefucked political situation but ... Read more >

Your Ticket to Traveling in the Dark Times

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [129]

AS TRAVEL JOURNALS GO, THIS ONE HASN’T COVERED much ground lately.  I apologize if you are one of those who rely on us for your vicarious travel fix.  And while we are more or less homebound, I, myself, have just returned from one of ... Read more >

The First Cut Is The Deepest

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [146]

IMHO, VERSED (PROPOFOL) IS ONE OF MEDICAL SCIENCE’S great inventions.  Often referred to as “milk of amnesia,” it not only relieves anxiety of surgery, it can erase the entire experience from ones mind.  Even post-op explanations ... Read more >

The Next Big One

Sat, 13 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [141]

I AM ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH SPILLOVER: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen, a writer I have followed for years in National Geographic and Outside Magazine .  He is no slouch when it comes to topics scientific and ... Read more >

Shoulder Season

Sat, 6 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [147]

RICK STEVES EXTOLLS “SHOULDER SEASON” AS THE BEST time for travel. Generally April through mid-June, and September through October, shoulder season combines the advantages of both peak- and off-season travel. In shoulder season, you'll enjoy ... Read more >

Oh, Say Can You See?

Tue, 26 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [180]

PERFECT VISION THIS YEAR — 20/20 IN 2020 SO TO SPEAK — just might not be in the cards.  Our annual visit with the ophthalmologist this morning was far from routine.  Connie’s ongoing vision problems are now attributed to ... Read more >

Just A Little Off The Top

Tue, 19 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [149]

TODAY WE TOOK A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.  Maybe it wasn't the wisest thing we could do but we have already survived our visit to the dentist.  Besides, we  had our last “official” haircuts in Auckland on Valentine’s Day, ... Read more >

Rocky Mountain High

Wed, 13 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [182]

BLUE SKIES.  SEVENTY DEGREES.  CLEAR PINE-SCENTED AIR.  On a day like this Eldorado Mountain Open Space seems like the right place to channel our inner John Denver and maybe see a few birds.          ... Read more >


Fri, 8 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [181]

DESPITE THE DARK TIMES, THINGS ARE GOING surprisingly well for us.  The rates for both Covid-19 infections and deaths in Colorado are declining — which is not the case nationally.  "Stay-at-Home" has given way to "Safer-At-Home." ... Read more >

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