Monthly Archives: December 2011

Creating a place there – kudos to Carmel


No…I am not talking about Carmel, California, which is indeed a gorgeous town overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In this case I am complimenting Carmel, Indiana, a large suburb of approximately 80,000 residents located just north of Indianapolis. When I was … Continue reading

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Pedaling to better health


We are all aware of the environmental benefits of cycling and bicycle commuting, but the public health benefits are just as important. The first chart below shows the clear difference between higher rates of bicycle usage and the corresponding health … Continue reading

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“44: Dublin Made Me” Snapshots from the 1960s


It was my great hope that this book by Peter Sheridan would provide some intriguing insights into the history and development of Dublin, Ireland, much in the way several other books have for Mumbai, Beijing, Edinburgh, and Istanbul. Dublin has … Continue reading

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Book review of “Crossing the Heart of Africa”


I’ve always enjoyed reading nonfiction travel adventures and Julian Smith’s book about Ewart Grogan’s monumental two-year trek from Cape Town to Cairo is a thrilling and captivating read. For, not only does Mr. Smith describe Grogan’s colossal journey from south … Continue reading

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How ’bout some parking respect for cyclists?


As an avid bike commuter, I am often stunned how little respect or thought is given to bike parking at some stores. As the three photos I have included in the post show, we are usually relegated to some hidden … Continue reading

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