Most popular

For the past several years, I have been keeping count of each time a page on this web site is viewed. That makes it possible to know which pages are the most popular.

That means there's a sort of built-in weighting that would tend to favor older posts. I'll address that sometime in the future.

Below are links to my ten most popular postings, starting with my all-time most-read posts.

Karen Graduates

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/9/2008
Topics: #KarenHopeCilwa Page Views: 6789
Karen is rewarded for her hard work.

It's May, so we have another graduation! This time it's my daughter, Karen, who got her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University this morning. Despite the fact that sitting in a sports stadium for three hours listening to unpronounceable names being, against all odds, pronounced as a thousand purple-robed graduates gavotte from chair to educator to educator and back to chair was considered too severe a torture for even Condoleezza Rice to order for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, it was a wonderful experience to be there for my little girl as she takes that magical step from childhood to employability.

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And Now, Tomorrow's News

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/6/2007
Topics: #9/11 #Conspiracy Page Views: 6759
Let's examine the possibilty that some very significant news events have been officially reported…BEFORE THEY HAPPENED!

We know that all the TV networks, and virtually all radio stations and newspapers, are owned by the same, small number of global corporations—and these corporations own stock in each other, making them more inbred than any family of Ozark mountaineers. The same corporationsalso own major defense contractors (the guys who make money from war), major pharmaceuticals, and Big Oil. It's far more in their interest that they suppress a free press than risk exposing their own schemes.

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Zach's First Raft Trip

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/3/2009
Topics: #UpperSaltRiver #Arizona #WhitewaterRafting Page Views: 4580
In which I introduce my grandson to the joys of whitewater rafting.

My grandson, Zachary, has been hearing me tell river tales all his life. That's because what happens on the river, seldom stays on the river—it's too interesting not to share! Consequently, Zach has asked to go rafting since he could talk. But you can't take babies on a raft unless you are trying to escape the sinking of a luxury liner. So we had to put it off. Until…today!

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A Trip To Maui In Winter

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 2/27/2009
Topics: #Travel #Photography #Maui #Hawaii #Camping Page Views: 4251
All about the day I flew on my first trip to Hawaii.

Maui, like all of Hawaii, has two seasons: Summer and Winter. Winter, which runs from October to April, is when most of the rain falls. But it's not a solid rain like some places get; it tends to come down in sudden light showers. And so, when I had a chance to fly to Maui, said by many to be the prettiest of the Hawaiian islands, even though it was in winter, I took it.

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By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/17/2007
Topics: #Cruise #WesternCaribbean #CarnivalLegend #Belize #Xunantunich #CaveTubing Page Views: 4026
I go cave-tubing and while the rest of the family goes ruins-touring in Belize.

Meanwhile, Michael and Karen and Zachary had no idea that Mary was injured or even missing. They thought she was just resting. So, confident she was enjoying Xunantunich in her own way, they proceeded to explore the site, where the most imposing edifice is a pyramid now called El Castillo.

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1961: The Beach House

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 10/2/1961
Posted: 2/10/2009
Topics: #St.AugustineBeach #Florida #Travel Page Views: 3873
Blog Entry posted February 10, 2009

In the 1920s, my Mom and her mother made several winter trips to St. Augustine, Florida (without her father, who remained in Bloomfield, New Jersey, to work his optometry practice). Mom liked it there, especially the mild winters and laid-back attitude common to many Southern towns of the period.

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Dorothy Ann Hood Zembruski 1938-2007

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/21/2007
Topics: #Obituary #DorothyAnnZembruski
Milestone: #Death
Page Views: 3860
A celebration of the life of one of Michael's sisters.
One of my two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ann Zembruski, died unexpectedly September 19. She was 68 years old, and should have had many more years ahead of her.

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Gym Clothes, Music, Book, GPS

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/10/2008
Topics: #Humor #GPS Page Views: 3830
My borthday presents include a sense of direction.

So, my birthday has come and gone. We had a nice family dinner to punctuate the fact that I am now 57 years old. It really was a nice celebration. I got a pair of gym shorts and an exercise shirt from Jenny (she really wants me to keep working out) and a GPS and mount from Michael, Karen, Mary, John and Rachel so I won't have any trouble finding the gym.

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1970: Jacksonville International Airport

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/2/2007
Topics: #Photography #DorothyWeemsBrown #Florida Page Views: 3800
Blog Entry posted July 2, 2007, in which I revisit Jacksonville International Airport in 1970, when it was new.

By 1970 the urge to fly was so commonplace that even my grandmother, Dorothy Weems Brown, was ready to go. She had been thinking of taking a trip to New Jersey to visit her friends up there but a journey by train/bus/car seemed just too tedious to consider. Now there was the opportunity to go by air, and no reason not to.

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Family Thrown Off Royal Caribbean Ship

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/28/2008
Topics: #Cruise #RoyalCaribbean #Travel Page Views: 3744
If you must travel on Royal Caribbean, for gods' sakes, don't get sick.

You might remember, gentle reader, that I and my family took a cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship this past January. During the trip, Michael became ill and we were charged $1000 for his medical care onboard ship. Supposedly the trip insurance was going to cover that, although we have yet to see a check. Now it looks like we were lucky to be kept on board. The Luis Cortes family of Orange County, Florida, wasn't so fortunate.

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