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wrong animal

11/18/14 07:59

In his travel show Himalaya Sunday night, Michael Palin visited an astrologer who, armed with precise information about the actor's birth, informed him that he had been an elephant in his previous life. Palin was respectful of the astrologer's work, discussing it politely and gently explaining his long-held belief in self-determination. When he could have flatly said: "I'm afraid you're wrong, sir. I was a python."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

Listening to A Prairie Home Companion Saturday night, live from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, I was reminded of the travel story I ran on the clinic back in the early 90s, with black-and-white photographs by the author, Mark Chester. As a Travel section cover story it was as unusual then as it would be impossible today.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Travel
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news junkie

11/14/14 08:36

Between Zellweger's face and Kardashian's butt, I honestly don't know where to turn.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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space

11/13/14 07:55

It's great that we landed a spacecraft on a moving comet, but it's going to make me feel very inadequate the next time I fail to fit my Honda into an ample parking space.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

How could the most multicultural president in American history think it acceptable to chew gum at a ceremony in China? Obama should not be shocked if the next Chinese leader who visits the White House spits on the carpet.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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air goodbye

11/11/14 08:04

On our way to the Berlin Wall on Sunday, Hania and I stopped at Sparky's in downtown Miami for some barbecue. We got talking to the two couples next to us and learned that both of the men were commercial pilots. One man's wife told me that they used to live in the condo we could see out the window. She said that about 10 minutes before takeoff her husband would call her and tell her to go out on the balcony. Then, as he flew over the building, he would blink the lights of his 737.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized