Friday, November 24, 2017

Yanceyville, North Carolina, USA

Since yesterday was a day for saying "Thank You," today must be "You're Welcome Day." In this case, you are welcome to Yanceyville, a place of tradition with vision. Does your town or city have a welcome sign or banner? If not, you might pick up some ideas from Geographically Yours Welcome. [2015]

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA

It's both Thanksgiving and the 100th anniversary of my father's birth. Happy Birthday, dad. Here's one of your oil paintings that has survived: Baughman Memorial Methodist Church, the very place Geographically Yours was baptized so many decades ago. [1948]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amarillo, Texas, USA

Do you believe in zoos? One hundred years ago, bison from the Bronx Zoo were reintroduced to their native habitat in Oklahoma, the first successful reintroduction of a mammal species in U.S. history. At the time, the species was on the verge of extinction. Thanks to the nation's zoos, we now have bison and many more species back in their homes. [2017]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

With The Lion King, warthogs entered the pantheon of popular culture. Before that, they were just crusty old pigs with warts (six in number), tusks (2 in number), and and an appetite for anything organic (plant or animal) they could dig out of the soil. Now, they are sought out by kids of all ages and almost as popular as the meerkats. [2014]

Monday, November 20, 2017

Rosswell, New Mexico, USA

Barbary Sheep are from the Barbary coast of North Africa, where they have practically died out. Fortunately, they have been introduced to other regions of the dry world, where they now thrive. According to the placard at Hillcrest Park Zoo, their indigenous name is 'aoudad,' which sounds very Berber. [2016]

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, UK

The state's official name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ballintoy is located on the island of Ireland, part of which, Northern Ireland, is one of the United Kingdom's four constituent countries. Before Irish independence in 1921, the official name of the country was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. [2009]

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The state's official name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Edinburgh is located in Scotland, which is one of three countries that comprise the island of Great Britain. Scotland was a kingdom of its own before 1707 when the Acts of Union created a United Kingdom. In the late 1990s, Scotland reconstituted its own parliament. [2017]