Mt Olympus
On Mount Olympus, Greece [2001]
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Another Man in the Arena

I'm Steve.

Exploring. Discovering. Learning. Analyzing.
Then doing it all over again.

Check out the links on the right if you have any interest in European travel, quotes on life and government, a list of the books I have read in the past year or so - mostly 19th Century American History, or some thoughts on the Donner Party.

There are a few photos below, and a lot more on the Photos page.
My Other Pages:

  • Photos, mostly from Europe but also a few others
  • A variety of my favorite Quotes
  • A short, simple CV
  • My reading list since June 2010.
  • My thoughts on the tragedy that befell the Donner Party
  • My thoughts on how to create a responsible, accountable government

The Man in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

  -- Theodore Roosevelt, from a speech titled "Citizenship in a Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Big Rock Climb
Approaching the top while leading a 5.8 climb at Big Rock, near Riverside CA, in 1987. On my next move, my right foot slipped and I took a 35-foot fall. The rope caught me, per design, and I twisted an ankle, but I climbed back up and finished the route.

Colorado Mountains

A storm over mountains in southwestern Colorado. This is the West of Big Sky and open spaces. I have spent a significant portion of my adult life in the West (as delineated by the 105th meridian). Given a choice, I would definitely prefer living there - away from the big cities, of course. [2009]

Caldera - Santorini

The town of Thira, perched on the rim of the water-filled caldera on the Greek island of Santorini. More accurately referred to as an archipelago, Santorini consists of several islands that resulted from a series of historical volcanic eruptions that destroyed the center of the single original island. The most recent major eruption, which has been linked to the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis, occurred about 3600 years ago. The island in the center of the caldera, whose tip may be seen at the far right, formed over the past few centuries as the volcanic vent continued to produce lava. [2003]


The castle on the hill is the fortified medieval town of Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. [2003]

Thomas Crapper faucet

Ravenna Mosaic

The Mouth of Truth
Hot water faucet in the Montague Hotel in London circa 1989. It was installed by T. Crapper & Co., which was founded by Thomas Crapper, who popularized the flush toilet in the late 19th Century. [1989]

A Byzantine mosaic on the ceiling of the Baptistery of Neon in Ravenna, Italy, depicting the baptism of Jesus. It dates to the 5th Century AD. Note that in the realism of the time Jesus is shown as more-or-less anatomically correct. [2008]

La Bocca Della Verita (The Mouth of Truth), located in a portico of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Its origin is unknown but it was possibly a sewer cover in ancient Rome. One of its uses during the Middle Ages was as a lie detector. An individual had one his hands placed in the mouth and was told that it would be bitten off if he lied. La Bocca della Verita has also been in show business; it was in the supporting cast in the 1953 movie, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. [2008]

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Last Update: 11 August 2011