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Monthly archives for December, 2018

Within Temptation in Italy Tonight!

Within Temptation in Italy Tonight!

Marty’s photo of the day #2745: Greetings from Milan, Italy. Tonight is the night that brought us to Italy in the first place: Within Temptation in concert! Deb and I have a hotel room about a block and a half from the concert hall. The Fabrique is kind of like First Avenue in Minneapolis or […]

New friends in Italy

New friends in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #2744: Greetings (again) from Genova, Italy! This is the only city on our trip where we are spending two consecutive nights. Yesterday, I posted about meeting Anna and Andrew after Deb and I ended up locked out of the apartment we were renting. We could only enter by punching in […]

Sometimes getting lost is the best thing to do

Sometimes getting lost is the best thing to do

Marty’s photo of the day #2743: Greetings from Genova, Italy! Deb and I spent a big part of our day lost. Basically, our GPS wasn’t quite precise enough to direct us on the turns we needed to make. Then we had to leave our car in a parking ramp and walk about a half-mile to […]

Not your everyday velvet

Not your everyday velvet

Marty’s photo of the day #2742: Greetings from Florence, Italy! Tonight Deb and I are staying in an old convent that has been converted into a B&B. Outside our window is the Palazzo Vecchio castle. This photo is from earlier today in Venice. Deb and I stopped by Luigi Becilacqua workshop, where Deb conducted an […]

Greetings from Venice!

Greetings from Venice!

Marty’s photo of the day #2741: Greetings from Venice, Italy! It’s the end of a delightful day here in Venice. Deb and I just spent the last few hours having dinner (Where we met a delightful couple from England and Scotland—who were quite understanding that we were honorary Canadians until Donald Trump is out of […]

Greetings from Verona, Italy!

Greetings from Verona, Italy!

Marty’s photo of the day #2740:Greetings from Verona, Italy. Other than catnapping on the airplane, Deb and I had been awake for roughly 36 hours by the time we shot this photo. Aside from a 90 minute delay in acquiring our rental car (but we got a free upgrade from an Opal to an Audi, […]

British Columbia

British Columbia

Marty’s photo of the day #2739: Today we got scenic, with a classic British Columbia shot.

Leopard seal

Leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2738:Leopard seal, photographed on a foggy Antarctica day.

Hanging out with Larry the Alligator

Hanging out with Larry the Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #2737: This is an alligator I hung out with while hiking alone in the Everglades. One morning, I sat with this big guy for about an hour while he warmed up in the sun. I named him Larry. After all the stories of stupid people self-eliminating themselves from the gene […]

Fox Dog strikes again!

Fox Dog strikes again!

Marty’s photo of the day #2736: “Okay, Dad! I have carefully applied this great-smelling black stuff, and I’m ready to get back into the truck now.” (Photographed in Alberta, Canada)

Mourning our country’s screwed up priorities

Mourning our country’s screwed up priorities

Today is a National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush. The US Postal Service is closed, federal offices are closed, some banks are closed, and even some schools are closed. This may get me in trouble, but I just can’t mourn the death of someone who lived to be 94, had an estimated […]

From my favorite spot in the United States

From my favorite spot in the United States

Marty’s photo of the day #2735: Here’s a photo from the Everglades that doubles as both an animal shot and a scenic shot. This is a little blue heron, photographed at a little-known location, which is just about my favorite spot in the United States. I wish I was there now.

Choosing the correct words

Choosing the correct words

As an author and a public speaker, I’m careful to use accurate words in professional situations. In casual situations, I’m much more prone to language misuse. Here are two recent casual examples: On the subject of humor: I mentioned, how for me, I’m most successful getting people to laugh when I use self-depreciating humor. (I […]

Photographing a leopard after sunset

Photographing a leopard after sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2734: I tried every photo processing trick I know to make this photo clearer, but it was quite dark when I took it. Still, the photo is worth posting because unless you work for National Geographic, and can hang around for days behind a blind with incredibly expensive equipment, it’s […]

Antarctica’s shag carpeting

Antarctica’s shag carpeting

Marty’s photo of the day #2733: No, this is not shag carpeting—it’s moss growing on Aitcho Island, 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. I never expected to see plant life this far south.

The bison sparring match

The bison sparring match

Marty’s photo of the day #2732: Two bison spar, while the big bull checks out the action.

Sequel to Time Is Irreverent set for February!

Sequel to Time Is Irreverent set for February!

Yay! Last night—after thousands of hours of writing, entering editing, and proofing, proofing, proofing—I finished the sequel to my Amazon #1 Best Seller, Time Is Irreverent. The aptly named, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! is scheduled for publication in February 2019. In Jesus Christ, Not Again! the timeline change Marty Mann and […]

Deep in the Amazon Rainforest

Deep in the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #2731: Sometimes, deep in the Amazon Rainforest can feel like a lonely place. But if you stop, look, and listen—you are most definitely not alone. How easy would it be to walk right past this leaf-mimic katydid?

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