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Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

5 Weird Weather Bonanzas – Larry Verstraete

A hotter than average summer brought an unexpected discovery recently. In the melt of a retreating glacier, Italian officials found the remains of 24 year-old Canadian Gregory Barnes who had gone missing in 1980 while skiing in the Italian and Swiss Alps. For his family who had wondered about his fate, this brought long overdue […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Behind the Scenes at a Press Run – Larry Verstraete

Before ‘Dinosaurs’ of the Deep was in its current hardcover form, I scored a thrill by watching the book roll off the presses at the Friesens plant in Altona, Manitoba. I had never seen this end of the publishing operation before, and I was amazed at the complexity of the process. Then again the pros […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Visiting Amazon's One & Only Bookstore – Larry Verstraete

While in Seattle recently, I visited Amazon’s flagship, first-ever, and currently only brick-and-mortar bookstore. I was curious why Amazon – the king of online book sales – had changed its marketing strategy. Why invest in a traditional bookstore now after so many years of clobbering the competition by offering a broad selection at discount prices? […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Autumn in Banff, Alberta – Larry Verstraete

September 2016 Banff, Alberta is beautiful any time of year, but against a backdrop of fall colours, the postcard scenery pops. It’s impossible not to fall under its spell. The crisp snow on mountain peaks, the splashes of leafy reds and yellows, the crystalline streams cascading down rocky inclines – they’re all part of Banff’s […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Annie Edson Taylor’s Wild Ride – Larry Verstraete

If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat…. I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall. Annie Edson Taylor Annie Edson Taylor’s wild ride began on the US side of Niagara […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Castle Hohenbaden – Larry Verstraete

Baden Baden, Germany – August 2015 Jo & I started our day with a hike through the legendary Black Forest a few miles outside of Baden Baden. A thick mist hovering over the trail added to the spooky feel, drumming up visions of witches and wolves – the stuff of Grimm’s tales. We walked along […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Ann Hodges' Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day – Larry Verstraete

Her arm and hip were throbbing with pain. Already, giant bruises were forming. There was dust everywhere. Thirty-one year old Ann Hodges was asleep on the couch in the living room of the house she was renting in Sylacauga, Alabama. Her mother, Ida Franklin, was in the next room. Her husband, Eugene, was in nearby […]

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Barnes Wallis Bounces to Victory – Larry Verstraete

During World War Ii, torpedoes couldn't do the job. Ordinary bombs dropped from planes couldn't either. But Barnes Wallis' bouncing bombs held promise.

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Finding John McCrae in Flanders' Fields – Larry Verstraete

A visit to the Flanders region of Belgium brings a heightened awareness of the circumstances behind John McCrae's poem 'In Flanders Fields'

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Galileo Galilei’s Swinging Chandelier – Larry Verstraete

A chance discovery in a Pisa cathedral by 17 year-old Galileo revolutionized science

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

History's Dynamic Daredevil Duo – Larry Verstraete

Husband & wife, the daredevil team of Andre & Jeanne Garnerin parachuted into the history books

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Silly Putty - How Useless Goo Found Its Purpose – Larry Verstraete

No moving parts! No fancy electronics! Just a simple ball of goo. Even so, Silly Putty remains one of the most popular toys ever invented by accident.

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

The Colossus of Rhodes - Gone, But Not Completely – Larry Verstraete

Physical evidence is often destroyed or altered, but great ideas have a way of surviving time. Consider the once impressive, now missing Colossus of Rhodes

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

Enro Rubik’s Amazing Cube - Math Gone Wild – Larry Verstraete

The goal was to improve math skills, but professor Enro Rubik's cube did so much more...a story of an invention that continues to puzzle

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

The Story Behind Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ – Larry Verstraete

1843 was not a good year for Charles Dickens, but despite setbacks - or perhaps because of them - he wrote one of his most cherished works

Favourite Hikes – Dragonfly Trail to Jewel of the Creek, Cave Creek, AZ Lieblingswanderungen – Dragonfly Trail zum Juwel des Baches, Cave Creek, AZ Cave Creek Az, Flanders Field, Park Trails, Christmas Carol, Good Day, Things That Bounce, Behind The Scenes, Hiking, Banff Alberta

The Original Shawshank Redemption – Larry Verstraete

This brazen Shawshank Redemption-like escape from Alcatraz probably inspired others and influenced Stephen King's plot line.

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