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Last updatedNovember 25, 2003,12:00 PM EDT

November Edition
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Xerraire, at moms Whats new! Unique Exposures.com has finally been launched! Now there is a place to go to upload, share and have others comment and rate your own photography! This new site has been a real treat for me to work on, and once it is set up, the updates are virtually effortless. I am getting great feedback on the site, one person admitted to it being 'addictive'!

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Laura turns 10

Laura with birthday cake Laura finally arrived to her long awaited "double digit" birthday! Turning ten meant so much to her, as her big brother promised that once you reach 'double digits' you are no longer a 'kid'. This thought has pleased Laura since she was abour 4!

Much like Miquel had, Laura had a sleepover birthday party Laura at Jerusalem Millthat turned into a weekend long event. Susie and Shelby spent the night, and then Shelby remained well into Monday. Activities ranged from Nintendo, long chess matches, cake, presents, a visit to Jerusalem Mill, all nighters, movie watching, and breaking out into song of "Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places" I don't know where that came from, but it was definately the theme of the birthday weekend. Everyone had a great time.

The first of November surprised us with warm weather, an Indian summer's type day, and we finally went to a long awaited trip to the Baltimore Zoo. It had been a few years since a friend and I took our sons to the zoo in Baltimore, and as a family our last trip to any zoo was to the National Zoo in Washington DC.
I was especially excited to take my new camera with 6x optical zoom, but was met with a few challenges. For one thing, the animals don't "pose" and another thing, the bars and cages they are put behind make it difficult to get a good shot. Still, I post my efforts here » Xerraire's Day at the Baltimore Zoo

Xerraire Recommends Corner
Book by Bill Bryson - "A Walk in the Woods"

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

A very understated title since its about the Appalachian Trail, which is more than just a "walk in the woods". The Appalachian Trail goes from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia; the Appalachian National Scenic Trail wanders the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian mountain ranges for more than 2,172 miles. Not your average "hike".

Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decides to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the trail.

The comedy begins with the purchase of what he will need at the wilderness store, continues with his choice of companions for the trip, and carries on to the characters he meets along the trail.

It's also about two middle aged guys who are not exactly specimens of the trim and fit male embarking on a months long journey involving outdoor sleeping, carrying of their supplies and comforts and how they cope with the elements past bears and starvation and killers and the swamps of the Hundred Mile Wilderness.

The book besides being entertaining is also a collection of his research regarding the areas he hikes. There is a lot of science and history, from the mushrooms that glow in the dark to the details of John Brown's capture at Harpers Ferry.

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Finds on the Net!

  • Jerusalem Mill - One of my favorite places to hike! The over 230-year old Jerusalem Mill was once the centerpiece of the thriving Quaker settlement of Jerusalem in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is located on the northeast bank of the Little Gunpowder Falls, in Harford County, Maryland.

  • Chirstmas Cards by Xerraire - Many know (and have received) a handpainted card by me at Christmastime. I've been told countless times I should market them. I really can't be bothered with the printers, shipping and hassle...but ZAZZLE took care of that for me!The image gallery is just getting started, but for how have a look at Xerraire's Cards!