In the late 1970s, I started researching my family tree. My paternal grandmother’s grandfathers were Union soldiers in the Civil War, so I obtained their military records through the National Archives.
Charles G. Dixon married his sweetheart two days before he enlisted in October, 1864, in Company E, 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry. Private Dixon served only 9 months before his discharge in July 1865. A year later, he and Emma Gleason became parents of my great-grandfather, William H. Dixon.
Sanford C. H. Smith was a married father of four children when he enlisted in September, 1862, in Company H, 7th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry. Corporal Smith was captured during the Battle of (More…)
OLLI-USF offers some excellent travel opportunities, many of which enable you to actually visit the places you learn about in OLLI classes.
But OLLI will have to call in Elon Musk—or perhaps a time travelling Jean Luc Picard—to let you visit the places Lt. Commander Fulvia M. Fiorani will cover in her class this semester: The Universe – A Cosmic Journey. (More…)
We’ve added a new permanent page to OLLI Connects: a gallery of members’ photographs. Most of our posts are “words in a row” illustrated with a few photographs. But some OLLI members, especially the OLLI Shutterbugs, see the world the other way around: vivid and powerful images, perhaps given context with a few words. We have a few of those images in our Gallery now, and we hope to add many, many more. (More…)
We descend through the last layer of cloud, and Mexico City is spread out below us, a red, white and gray metropolis covering the entire Valley of Mexico, and it’s climbing relentlessly up the sides of the valley. 21 million people – – isn’t it one of the planet’s biggest cities? – – live here.
Mexico City is, of course, a Spanish colonial city, built by Cortes after he had destroyed the original city of the Aztecs. The modern city has a European flavor: the tree-lined Paseo de la Reforma is modeled after the Champs Elysees; sleek cars stream down the boulevards and sleek people lounge and stroll. (More…)
If you have a Bluetooth enabled hearing aid and an iPhone, your iPhone may be able to detect your hearing aid and work with its settings to improve the sound on your phone calls. Made for iPhone (MFi) hearing aids can help you hear more clearly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Read on to learn how to pair your hearing aid with your iOS device, control it and more. (More…)
Over the years, I’ve dabbled in oil painting, knitting, needlepoint in its many varieties, and I currently enjoy my passion for writing. I have always been fascinated by what can be done with wood, particularly wood carving. Having had an epiphany that I was hanging around in my head too much, I decided to give this craft a try. (More…)
There are many advantages to being an OLLI member, and several current members are enjoying one of them now.
It’s OLLI-USF’s “Behind the Scenes” and Performance Series: an opportunity to see a marvelous performance at the STRAZ (aka the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts) and enjoy an exclusive pre-show discussion with a knowledgeable guide. (More…)
The OLLI Opera Special Interest Group (SIG) called Opera-tunity and several other OLLI friends enjoyed a pre-show talk prior to enjoying “An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan” at the Straz on Sunday afternoon, July 29th.
Pre-show talks are scheduled prior to matinee performances of Opera Tampa productions and provide information that enhances the experience of the opera ahead. (More…)
As a birder, I have had many opportunities for wonderful trips overseas. This past June was probably the most unforgettable experience of my life.
I do my birding travel with Cheepers! Birding on a Budget. This year a trip to Uganda, with a gorilla trek as an optional experience, was offered. There was no way I’d pass up an opportunity to see gorillas in the wild. I spent months reading everything I could find. I posted questions on TripAdvisor and got marvelous tips and enthusiastic descriptions. I bought the thick garden gloves recommended, wore good, strong hiking boots, and made sure my walking stick was ready. (More…)
You may travel far and never know what’s under your own nose. I had to go halfway around the world to take pictures at the night market in Hong Kong. But did you know that Tampa has a night market of its own? Did I? Not until I started looking for likely places for the new OLLI Shutterbugs SIG to go shooting. We held our organizational meeting on Wednesday, May 9, and on Thursday night, May 10, six of us were rendezvousing at a truly unprepossessing spot near Ybor City: the back entrance to the loading yard of Coppertail Brewing. (More…)