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Oct 10, 2014

Rolling Again in the DC Area

Overnighting on way to DC

Summer Summary After five months in a seasonal spot in Michigan filled with healthcare appointments, small-town parades, kayaking on the lake, summer jobs for the kids, campfires with the neighbors and getting-ready-for-the-road projects we are finally mobile again. We enjoyed our time in Fremont, MI. The magic combination of location, cost, and community worked well enough for us that there is a reasonably good chance we’ll go back again next…   Read More >>

Oct 9, 2014

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was born with his twin, Jesse Presley, but Jesse was sadly stillborn. The years in which Elvis Presley was young are called the ‘Great Depression’. His family was very poor. When Elvis was eleven, his mother bought him a guitar. He wanted a bicycle, but his mother feared that he would hurt himself and bought him an instrument…   Read More >>

Oct 5, 2014

Trouble in the Suez

In July 1956, Egyptian leader Gamel Abdel Nasser announced he was nationalizing the Suez Canal, owned at the time mainly by Britain and partially by France. Britain had refused to give up full control of the canal two years before. Egypt had offered full compensation for the canal, but Britain and France refused to give it up. Britain then enlisted Israel to help get the canal back. The US attempted…   Read More >>

Oct 3, 2014

Fremont Harvest Festival Parade

Carrying the banner

So, on my last day working at the shelter, Fremont’s Harvest Parade was happening. Bellwether was scheduled to be in it this year, so I thought, sure, why not help out and be in a parade? So we had a float. I was actually just a small trailer covered with streamers that had two benches in it. One of our cars pulled it. We had lots of our dogs with…   Read More >>

Sep 30, 2014

The Day CPS Knocked On Our Door

The creek emptying out into Lake Fremont

This is one of the hardest posts I’ve had to write for this site. We’ve had some experiences this summer that we feel compelled to blog about both as a means of “keeping it real” and also so that we can offer advice to other traveling families.  In order to get there, however, I need to pull back the curtain a bit both on the potential downside of living in…   Read More >>

Sep 29, 2014

Walt Disney

We didn't start it

Walter ‘Walt’ Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Illinois. As a minor, Disney loved to draw and paint and sell his pictures. In college, Disney took drawing and photography classes and was a cartoonist for the school paper. Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney, started Walt Disney Productions. Here was introduced a character named Mickey Mouse, a.k.a. ‘the mouse who started it all’. Mickey had starred…   Read More >>

Sep 25, 2014

Alabama - Montgomery Bus Boycott

During the 1940s and early 1950s, the southern American states were still heavily segregated. Jim Crow laws were still very much in effect, and colored people were regularly ignored at best and attacked at worst. In Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, there was still a city ordinance in place requiring black people to give up their seats if the white half of a bus was full. On December 1, 1955, seamstress…   Read More >>

Sep 24, 2014

Peter Pan

We didn't. Nope.

James M. Barrie first wrote ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ in 1904. He added a sequel, called ‘Peter and Wendy’, soon after, which is what people think of when the name ‘Peter Pan’ comes up. ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ is not very well-known at all. I own both ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ and ‘Peter and Wendy’, and I enjoy them very much. But even before ‘Peter Pan in…   Read More >>

Sep 20, 2014

Brooklyn’s Got a Winning Team

In 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers were desperate to beat the Yankees in the World Series. The Yankees had beaten the Dodgers in the Series 5 times within the past 15 years - in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953. Yankees winning the World Series wasn’t strange - 8 of those 15 Series had been won by the Bronx Bombers, including 5 straight from 1949-1953, which is a record to this…   Read More >>

Sep 18, 2014


Dacron is a thermoplastic polymer sometimes known as polyethylene terephthalate. Dacron was patented in 1941 by John Rex Whinfield James Tennant Dickson, and the Calico Printer’s Association of Manchester, whom Whinfield and Dickson worked for. Dacron was ‘in’ almost instantly. It was used in upholstery, pillows, suits and dresses, yarn, sailcloth, and is even used an aortic graft in heart surgery for Marfan Syndrome. Dacron clothing really took off. It…   Read More >>

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