On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

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Sorry about Friday, I didn’t catch that until much later.




I’ve been overwhelmed taking care of so many things non-internet-related. It’s also closing into the year anniversary of my mom’s death and my mother-in-law’s anniversary is this week, so there’s a lot of heavy personal stuff on top of all the awful political stuff.

Hearing about the horrible treatment of young women from the 80’s DC prep school world brought back a lot of crap that I purposefully walked away from. I think I was one of the good guys to the few girls from our sister school that attended classes with us. I am pretty sure I was a cocky shit at times when I took classes at the girl’s school (in the building my mom had lived in and almost been expelled from for grilling a grilled cheese sandwich in a hotplate out on the ledge!), but it was less sexist than teenager in a new pond: I was respectful, just cocky.

Of course that’s likely the nice way we remember things and I said mean or belittling things at times and it was nothing to me but hurt someone then. I’m both glad we self-edit our memories to spare ourselves constant guilt for our previous self’s mistakes or shortcomings while sad that this means we often miss pain we caused and so don’t have quite as much empathy for those around us who could use a kind word or gentle encouragement to help lighten their load.


Have a wonderful day, everyone!


ETA: and of course the new form approach errored so only the first picture worked. I’ll re-run this again once we work that out, so sorry HL and everyone!


Today, pictures from valued commenter HeartlandLiberal.

We were invited in first week November, along with several friends, to spend a week on a yacht in Nassau, Bahamas.

Needless to say, it was quite a vacation. Here are a few pictures from the trip. Click on image to see higher resolution image. Especially click on the first image of the marina, to get the full higher resolution panorama impact, same for the Wharf at western edge of Highbourne Cay harbor below, it is also a nice panorama shot of harbor and bay beyond.

180 degree panorama from rear of yacht moored in Atlantis Resort Marina in Nassau, on Paradise Island on north edge of the island.

Taken on First week November 2016

Bahamas Early November 2016

180 degree panorama from rear of yacht moored in Atlantis Resort Marina in Nassau, on Paradise Island on north edge of the island.



Thank you so much HeartlandLiberal, do send us more when you can.


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    Quinerly says:


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    mad citizen says:

    Cool panaorama pic! I always forget about doing that format. Thanks for being here HeartlandLiberal. I too am a lifelong heartland liberal, liberal before the term “heartland” came about.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    No picture at all for me.

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    Wag says:

    That’s a great pano!

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    @OzarkHillbilly: “No picture at all for me.”

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