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Buyer/Gifter beware!

The article frome the Washington Post about the shooting in South Carolina brings up a number of good points. It seems the ability to give weapons to another person is easier than transferring ownership of a car.  Should the father be held accountable as well? 


Thorn Crown Chapel in Eureka Springs


Stop Revering Magna Carta – NYTimes.com

History Chick in AZ

“Magna Carta has everything going for it to be venerated in the United States: It is old, it is English and, because no one has actually read the text, it is easy to invoke to fit current needs.” So true!

Read Tom Ginsburg’s argument de-mythologizing the famous document:

Stop Revering Magna Carta – NYTimes.com.

King John at Runnymede (1215) signing the Magna Carta King John at Runnymede (1215) signing the Magna Carta

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Atlanta Aquarium

The Atlanta aquarium is the largest in the country. Well worth the visit if you are in town and have a day to kill or have kids that like that kind of thing.  If I remember correctly it is the only aquarium in the world or maybe just the country that has whale sharks and they have three of them in a huge tank. 

You can buy general admission but you can also buy tickets ahead of time which is highly recommended.  When my family and I was there we went on the July 4th only because we were in town for a wedding.  Had we waited inline that day we could have been in line for at least 2 hours if not longer.  Lucky my mom thought ahead and bought tickets so we could bypass the wait.

They do have a café to eat from but it is geared to kids so a lot of burgers, hot dogs, pizza and things like that for a nominal fee.  It is convenient so you do not have to leave. But keep in mind it is not a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 dining experience.  Maybe on par with local zoo food.  

This is what it looks like when you first walk into the aquarium.  It is very open and very visual.   The whole building is split up into different parts of the world so you can get a variety.    The main attraction is the walking tunnel. This is where the whale sharks are located.  There are other kinds of sharks in the tank as well as an assortment of sting rays. You can spend quite awhile going through the walking tunnel just to see everything that is swimming around. Luckily this one of those tunnels you have to walk yourself.  I have been through a few where where there is an escalator type convair belt shuddeling people through.  Which that kind of takes away from the experience if you can not enjoy the animals.               One of the three wale sharks. It is amazing to see an aquarium big enough to house such large aquatic life all in one place. Considering whale sharks on the endangered species list it is nice to see some kind of conservation to try and help the species.  It is a rare thing to see them in them in the wild even with their massive size.  Whale sharks are migratory animals and they have known areas where they like yo hang out.  One area in particular is I the Gulf of Mexico close to Honduras.  Even there it is a special occasion when they see one in the wild.  They do feelings at certain times of the day so you can see them eat.  The aquarium staff  feed the sharks and fish at different times of the day.  

Here are some references about whale sharks and how to help them. http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/whale-shark

             They have a sensory area where you can pet small aquatic animals even small sharks and sting rays. This is fun for all ages to get close to  some of these things they would not normally get to. They have different kinds of jelly fish.  Those are always fun to watch swim.  They are not something I would like to be in the water with though.               They even have otters and penguins.

   The aquarium has a big tank for Baluga whales.  This tank is double sided.  They have one part visible to the main aquarium and another that is visible through a banquet room.  It would be neat to have a banquet and see whales swimming around.  At this aquarium the whales do not perform tricks like at other aquariums and water parks.  The whales liked to swim and rub up against the glass.  They even have an otter that swims in the whale tank.  



The aquarium is a good place to visit for family fun.  Another place to visit is the World of Coca Cola.  It’s worth the visit.  You see coca cola advertising since the companies beginning.  At the end of the museum you get a free comemoritive bottle of coca cola.  

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The Dugger family secrets

By now almost everyone has heard of the Dugger family’s big family secret that their eldest son Josh had molested a couple of his younger sisters. If you have but just google the Dugger family and a plethora of recent articles will pop up. To many articles to reference and certainly things are being omitted for various reasons.  

The Dugger daughters that are the victims seem to have been put on the back burned during this ordeal.  While their brother Josh  the aggressor was sent to a camp/retret sponsored by the church to resolve his inner issues.  While yes he does need serious help for what he did, a church sponsored get away was not the way.  These were the same camp/retrets that were used by some of the churches to reform LBGT community.  Really? Who ever thought that would resolve his insestuious problems?

His poor sisters have seem to have had a double dip of abuse. On top of what their brother did they do not appear to have been offered any kind of emitional support to deal with what happened. This will haunt them for the rest of their lives knowing that their own family was allowed to do these hannious actions and only receive a slap on the wrist but to also know that their emotional well being does not matter co ares to Josh’s future and jobs.

Every step of this was handled poorly. From contacting the police friend to sending Josh to summer camp to neglecting the daughters.  The parents should get more than a slap on the wrist by having their show removed by TLC.  The police department that seemed to have “lost” the report needs to be investigated.   

Peru and Galapagos Itinerary and Maps

Travel Tales of Life

Grab your bike helmet and hiking poles dear friends. We are headed to Peru and the Galapagos Islands.

Machu Picchu Peru Machu Picchu – Photo credit Wikimedia Commons -Allan Schmidt

All cheerleaders, curious onlookers and those mumbling, “Have they lost their minds?” are invited to come along or drop in for a visit along the South American journey. Dave may have his hands full encouraging, I mean pushing me up the peaks of the Andes and I am certain would appreciate your help.

Map Calgary to Cuzco Flight from Canada to Peru

Dave has put together these fabulous maps, which you can click on to enlarge, so you can follow along. Also you will know where to send the search party should we never be heard from again. Just teasing Mom.

Map of Peru

Our plan is to post live during the trip. Experienced bloggers out there are likely shaking their heads in despair at the utter nonsense of such…

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