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April 30, 1803: And for One Tulip More, Galveston

The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803, more than doubling the size of the nation. In addition to the city of New Orleans and western Louisiana, the purchase included Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; most of North and South Dakota; parts of Minnesota, New Mexico Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado (portions of Texas were included for ordering before1804). 174 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

Labor Day Weekend

This is my long awaited labor day weekend as it is a 3 day pass away from minionhood.

Since Labor Day falls on a Sunday this time, we are given Monday as a replacement public holiday off. 210 more words



This story originally appeared on Medium.

You pat yourself down before you leave-wallet, key fob, phone. You have all your pocket rectangles. The rectangle is utilitarian, to be sure, and the least sexy of all shapes. 199 more words

How the Devil lost his thumb

Germany’s pretty little spa town of Bad Aachen is towered over by its stunning cathedral, referred to locally as the Dom.

It is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe; ground was first broken for this spectacular building in 796 AD and it was consecrated in the year 805 AD so it has seen its fair share of history. 382 more words


This Wish For Nothing, So All Is Granted

here is nothing
a granted wish… enjoy this

are you not standing
here sitting

upon ground
the surface of this
looking glass mist

no one can say what it is… 32 more words

Writing Zen Doing Nothing


Some months ago, I bought a refurbished (read “used”) Olympus OM-D E-M5. I don’t think anyone ever really used it as a camera. Maybe it was a store demo or something like that, but it had all the plastic wrap still on it, so it was new. 636 more words