Books – Eric Foner – Historian of the Civil War & Reconstruction

Eric Foner The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution  Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War  A significant reevaluation of the causes of the Civil War, Foner’s study looks beyond the North’s opposition to slavery and its emphasis upon preserving the Union… Continue reading Books – Eric Foner – Historian of the Civil War & Reconstruction

Cascoly Recipes from Asia

Inspired by travels in China & Southeast Asia. India is covered in a separate post. Lamb & eggplant in Yuxiang sauce Image Almond Honey Chicken Hunan Ginger Pepper Pork Asian lamb recipes

Tanzania Luxury Safari – Wildebeest Migration for Jun/Jul & Oct/Nov

Country Overview ~ Tanzania Discover quintessential African landscapes when you explore Tanzania, the perfect African destination for any traveler with open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present.  A relaxed attitude combined with some of the best wildlife spotting on the continent is within affordable reach.   Your safari hits the… Continue reading Tanzania Luxury Safari – Wildebeest Migration for Jun/Jul & Oct/Nov

Kafka Flies to Europe – Loses Luggage – Tale of Incompetence

I had booked 2 river cruises with AMAWaterways with several extra days in Amsterdam and Nuremberg.  I was ready for an active yet relaxing 3 weeks. I allowed an extra day before the first cruise. The following is based on actual events.  6/17  My luggage never arrived  Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam after a multi-flight trip.… Continue reading Kafka Flies to Europe – Loses Luggage – Tale of Incompetence

Ancient Astronomy in Beijing China – A Medieval Observatory

The creative works sublime success,Furthering through perseverance. – I Ching Thus, in the middle of modern Beijing a medieval masterwork appears.  It’s been renamed Beijing Ancient Observatory and lives on the southwest side of Jianguomen crossroad in Dongcheng District of Beijing. When I had asked our local guide about it, he said it wasn’t open… Continue reading Ancient Astronomy in Beijing China – A Medieval Observatory