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U.S. DIVE TRAVEL is your gateway to brilliant Pacific & Caribbean vacations -- for snorkelers, scuba divers & folks who love tropical beaches.
U.S. DIVE TRAVEL is your gateway to brilliant Pacific & Caribbean vacations -- for snorkelers, scuba divers & folks who love tropical beaches.

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Aloha, amigos del mar. Long time no chat, eh? Missed you all -- big time. "Ready for some fresh air, a reason to grin like a Cheshire Cat?" Then read on, please... We have felt so turned off by dismay & disbelief -- from the toxic energy of pundits & pols on all sides -- every time we turn on the news, that the 4th of July inspired a new essay on "Patriotism in 2018: A Lot More than Flag-Waving & Jingoistic Jive."

Here 'tis below, sunseekers. Hope this essay gives you more hope during these dismal days, more positive energy to keep on keepin' on for our beleaguered nation...

https://www.dictionaerie.com/cyni-clique
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If summoned by a panther, don't anther. ( Say what? To nail this riddle, just read on, funseekers, and you'll hit the right hotlinks below... :)

So what does the black-cat graphic, next post down, have to do with our tropical island vacations? Well sunseekers, the multi-tasking team at U.S. Dive Travel, on days off loves to vent some steam by posting vivid poems, essays, jokes and short stories in our Lit-Journal -- The DICTION AERIE -- found at www.dictionaerie.com. And one new offering this week is a withering review of the big-budget flick "Black Panther" - a bona fide dud.

So here we go guys, after months away from G+ -- toiling, traveling & toughing out the worst Minnesota winter in decades -- we're back in the saddle and delighted to be hangin' with you again. Please take a fresh peek at our latest edition of The DICTION AERIE -- spiced with sass 'n surprises, all accessed by easy hotlinks below...

© Copyright 2018, The Diction Aerie. All texts, all rights reserved.

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Winter needs to die. Now. I mean right now.

Read on, mates, if you’re keen on finding a couple new ways to ram a lance through the left foot of the looongest winter since Captain Kangaroo was King of Saturday Morning, and a dollar bill bought you 4 gallons of gas… or soda pop.

All across the USA, we’re battling back at cabin fever, big time. But Vitamin D and sun lamps just can’t cut it any more. We crave Real Sunlight, Warm Winds and the helpful Endorphin Buzz that a good joke confers. So consider this: why not bump the brain into high gear, then give winter a proper attitudinal beat-down with a literary head-rush? We mean a good galloping read (rhymes with “steed”) -- rather than that expedient S.O.S., where S.O. = “Same Old” – ie. chugging shots on Fantasy Football night, binging on bad TV, or getting strapped into manic online multi-player combat with aspiring humans lurking behind their avatars, plotting e-revenge on their parents' generation.

And so today -- sunseekers, funseekers, geeks in sneakers, everyone who prizes healthy gray matter above societal Soma -- we offer you a clean alt-indie high, an organic brain buzz to bring back Spring, at least between the ears until the real thing comes back to bless us, right in the face. Talking 'bout 3 simple things -- open the drapes, plop down on a sofa and dive into some decent literature -- all free 'n easy as can be.

When you get a sec’, we dare you to laugh again deep down in the gut; to sneer at all that snow; to chuck your chilblains; to raise a righteous wrong-half-of-the-peace-sign at the Washington D.C. Beltway – to toss away all these things that had us tangled up in blue -- all gloomy winter long.

Here’s where you’ll find some brisk new home-grown Minnesota reads (rhymes with “Swedes). All of these texts are guaranteed to be non-GMO, gluten-free, organic and reasonably high in moral fiber …

You might want to start here on our Guest Forum page --

https://www.dictionaerie.com/guest-forum/archives/04-2018

where contributor Dr. Geoffrey Garwick, a Yale grad & clinical psychologist/poet who studied with Pulitzer Prize laureate Robert Penn Warren, takes on the dark wraiths in American Biz World that force the middle class to wait in mindless lines, either telephonic or biped, day after day until their faces melt. His new essay, 2nd in a series, explores how American workers are being groomed for raw servitude by the 21st Century's New Olig-Orcs.

And, with his usual Garwick-ed glee, Geoff also posts a new poem called Tumbling -- about people who choose to age with wit and wisdom, plus a healthy dash of impudence.

Then our Editor John Hessburg, whose day job is to hunker down as managing partner of https://usdivetravel.com and https://live-aboards.com -- offers up a ham-on-wry review of “The Black Panther” movie. He couldn’t stand it and was sad to say so, since he's been a comic book mega-fan for decades.

Here’s where to find
Blah Humbug: Black Panther is a Bleak Panther

https://www.dictionaerie.com/nattering-nabobs

John also has a new soft-rock song to share, about the stuff of life, the Uncaused Cause -- Love Your Light Fantastic, found here…

https://www.dictionaerie.com/poetry--lyrics

Then there’s a new humor bit on our Psyche-Delicatessen page, a poke at California’s Kaiser Moonbeam and the new flap about labeling all lattes with a caveat that allegedly they're “cancer-causing” …

https://www.dictionaerie.com/psyche-delicatessen

And there you have it, friends. Dig in, you just might have enough fun to bring back the sunshine for a bit. At least in theory.

OK, gotta run. Ciao, cheers, no time for tears.

Sincerely yours...

-- The B Team at https://www.dictionaerie.com

( where B = “Bustin’ our Backs to Beat the Blues.” )
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If called by a panther, don't anther. (Say what? To find out why, read on for some fun hotlinks...) So what does this black-cat graphic have to do with our tropical island vacations? Well sunseekers, the ever-multi-tasking team at U.S. Dive Travel, on days off likes to vent a little office steam by posting colorful poems, essays & short stories in our Lit-Journal -- The DICTION AERIE -- at www.dictionaerie.com. And one of our newest offerings is a withering review of the movie "Black Panther." We couldn't stand it, & were astonished at how many savvy reviewers nationwide got lured in by the Emperor's New Clothes, & joined the PC bandwagon of blithering tributes. Take a fresh peek at our latest edition, spiced with lotsa Sass 'n Hot Sauce, accessed by these easy hotlinks here below...

© Copyright, The Diction Aerie. All texts & photos, all rights reserved.

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Winter needs to die. Now. I mean right now.

Read on, mates, if you’re keen on finding a couple new ways to ram a lance through the left foot of the gnarliest winter since Captain Kangaroo was King of Saturday Morning, and a dollar bill bought you 4 gallons of gas… or soda pop.

Here’s where you’ll find some brisk new home-grown Minnesota reads (rhymes with “Swedes). All of these texts are guaranteed to be gluten-free, organic and reasonably high in moral fiber …

You might want to start here on our Guest Forum page --

https://www.dictionaerie.com/guest-forum/archives/04-2018

where contributor Dr. Geoffrey Garwick, a Yale grad & clinical psychologist/poet who studied lit with Pulitzer Prize laureate Robert Penn Warren, takes on the dark wraiths in American Biz World who force the middle class to wait in endless lines, either telephonic or biped, until their faces melt. His new essay, 2nd in a series, explores how American workers are being groomed for raw servitude by the 21st Century's cynical New Olig-Orcs.

And, with his usual Garwicked glee, Geoff also posits a new poem called Tumbling -- about people who choose to age with wit and wisdom, and a healthy dash of impudence.

Then our Editor John Hessburg, whose day job is managing partner of http://usdivetravel.com and http://Live-Aboards.com -- offers up a ham-on-wry review of “The Black Panther” movie. He couldn’t stand it and was bummed to say so – because he's been a comic book fan for decades.

Here’s where to find
Blah Humbug: Black Panther is a Bleak Panther

https://www.dictionaerie.com/nattering-nabobs

John also has a new soft-rock song to share, about the stuff of life, the Uncaused Cause, the lyric of which is titled Love Your Light Fantastic found here…

https://www.dictionaerie.com/poetry--lyrics

Then there’s a new humor bit on our Psyche-Delicatessen page, a wee jab at California’s Kaiser Moonbeam and the new flap about labeling lattes with a “cancer-causing caveat” (huh?)…

https://www.dictionaerie.com/psyche-delicatessen

And there you have it, friends. Dig in; you just might have enough fun to bring back the sun for a bit. At least in theory.

Ciao, cheers, no time for tears. Sincerely yours...

-- The B Team at https://www.dictionaerie.com aka

( where B = “Bustin’ Buns to Beat the Blues.” )


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"Time for Some Vitamin Sea!" Sunseekers, we'll delay Part II of the "They May Be Giants" photo series -- just for a few days -- to bathe in the bubble-free joy of this light-rich pic from Galen Neil. Real therapy for a pretty woman's city woes...
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Whoa, really -- a two-story sponge? What's this, some moody mutant marinating in radioactive brine just off Fukushima? Not quite, sunseekers. It's all in the perspective, you see. This normal healthy sea sponge in Indonesia, snapped by our dive buddies in the Aggressor Fleet -- from a sharp angle down & away -- proves our Live-Aboards.com motto...

If beauty's in the eye of the beholder, then size is in the angle of observation. So a warm welcome, folks, to "Sponge-oticus Titanicus," the first of a 4-part photo series we call -- They May Be Giants ;) Please click on the pic for a slick new look, as well -- a sharper wider frame.

Aloha, funseekers, we're all chugging our ways through another long hot summer & now it's time to start planning for Christmas, New Years & Spring Break tropical trips... There's a wide & wonderful world just waiting to be dived & climbed, hiked & biked. Our bottom line on tropical travel, amigos, "If You've Got a Dream, Let's Make It Happen."

Now, if our Fleet friends' photo stirs you to reach for some "Sunny Vitamin Sea," ™ feel free to phone us any time for info & prices -- for snorkeling, diving or sunny beach vacations across the Caribbean & Pacific -- 952-953-4124.

A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM !"

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Ahoy mates, meet the PURPLE CAULI-BRERO... ! And that's the answer to an ancient & puzzling question: "What do you get when you cross a violet-colored sombrero with a chunk of cauliflower?"

So, sunseeekers, we give you this luminous purple jellyfish as today's presentational symbol -- just because... it's there, and alive, and beautiful in the summery sun.

Special thanks to ace U/W photog Marri Cross, who first posted this image on G+ via Underwater Wonders. Perfect solar juxta-placement, Marri. Nice work...

Please click on the pic for a slicker wide-angle view, funseekers.

And to all our friends & followers, aloha nui. Ciao, cheers, we dive away the years. -- The U.S. Dive Travel Team
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Photo is: © Copyright 2015-2017 Marri Cross & Underwater Wonders.

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Got those Nitty Gritty City Blues? Consider this simple, powerful remedy... Quench your city blues with an even deeper maritime shade -- Big Blue -- that peaceful place where sky meets sea meets dreams deferred. Our thanks to photog Coco Parisienne of Deutschland, via our friends at Pixabay, for this stellar macro shot of blue sea anemones. Click on the pic for a better view...
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A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM." ™ Please feel free to call us any time for more info: 952-953-4124.

Photo is: © Copyright 2016-2017 Pixabay & Coco Parisienne.

Text is: © Copyright 2017 U.S. Dive Travel Network. All Rights Reserved.

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"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE."

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
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Hey folks, meet our buddy Paul R. Bear, the Arctic Stand-up Ironist...

Q. "OK, so how many climate-change deniers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A. Not sure yet. But let's check back, oh, about November 2018..."

"Now, all rhetoric aside -- a little help. Hey guys -- l'il help here...please !"

Our special thanks to the always brilliant Coco Parisienne (of Gemany) for this evocative shot of Paul, who woke up suddenly this morning to find most of his backyard gone. Thanks also to our multi-talented friends at Pixabay. Please click on the pic to enjoy the full tone & texture of Coco's photo.
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A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM." ™ Please feel free to call us any time for more info: 952-953-4124.

Photo is: © Copyright 2016-2017 Pixabay.

Text is: © Copyright 2017 U.S. Dive Travel Network. All Rights Reserved.

www.live-aboards.com
www.usdivetravel.com
www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE."

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
#LiveAboards #LiveAboardDiving #LiveAboardVacations 
#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
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Yup. Life is good. Found my Easter Egg! And all of us on the U.S. Dive Travel Rez Team wish a very HAPPY EASTER to all our friends & followers around the world. Thank you so much for your business, your uplifting comments, your gracious reshares, good humor & support all winter. Now we all get to enjoy Springtime once more...

Sunseekers, time to rock the rays!

Our special thanks to underwater photog Arhnue Tan of Malaysia for this delightful capture of a li'l octopus, who actually thinks he's fooling somebody ;) Click on the pic to see this cool critter in better detail. Make it a great Easter weekend, amigos del mar.

"CARPE MARIA. SEIZE the SEAS. WELCOME DIVERS."

OK, so we all made it through another winter & now it's time to celebrate... There's a wide & wonderful world just waiting to be hiked, biked, dived & climbed. Of tropical travel, amigos, "If You've Got a Dream, Let's Make It Happen."

Now, if Arhnue's photo stirs you to reach for some "Sunny Vitamin Sea," ™ feel free to phone us any time for info & prices -- for snorkeling, diving or sunny beach vacations across the Caribbean & Pacific -- 952-953-4124.

A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM !"

Photo is:
© Copyright 2016-2017 Pixabay.

Text is:
© Copyright U.S. Dive Travel Network. All Rights Reserved.

www.live-aboards.com
www.usdivetravel.com
www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE !"

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
#LiveAboards #LiveAboardDiving #LiveAboardVacations 
#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
#ScubaDiving #SkinDiving #TropicalVacationPlanners
#DiveTravelAgents #BestDiveResorts #BestDivingLiveaboards 
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being... Sometimes a beautiful thing need only symbolize itself -- the purity of simply existing -- resplendent, alive and moving well through a tarnished world. This is the essence of a Presentational Symbol. Our culture, the art that feeds it, and our planet all need many more of these -- small gems that confer new life on any viewer who's alert enough, and willing.

Today's presentational symbol was shot by the super-talented photogs at Atlantis - Wonders of the Sea -- as posted recently on G+ by our friend +Martine Faseur. You nailed this pic. Abundant thanks guys, for the perfect lighting, texture and focus of this amazing creature, a drifting monarch of the deep...
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A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM." ™ Please feel free to call us any time for more info: 952-953-4124.

Photo is: © Copyright 2016-2017 Atlantis - Wonders of the Sea.

Text is: © Copyright 2017 U.S. Dive Travel Network.
www.live-aboards.com
www.usdivetravel.com
www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE."

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
#LiveAboards #LiveAboardDiving #LiveAboardVacations 
#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
#ScubaDiving #SkinDiving #TropicalVacationPlanners
#DiveTravelAgents #BestDiveResorts #BestDivingLiveaboards 
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