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Lobbying

Only a few years earlier the dusty and combat-hardened General entered the hotel lobby for the first time. Since so many before him had been removed of their duty the new Commander of all Union Armies went entirely unrecognized to the multitudes of distinguished guests of the Willard Hotel. It…
Brian Hoffsis
November 27, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

Traversing the Ball Court

". . . traveling from the Quadrangle to the southern city, visitors must cross the playing field of the city ball court. Imitating their game, somewhere between soccer and hacky sack, I gave my best dribbles and kicks with a pretend leather ball, imagining I was launching it through the…
Brian Hoffsis
November 21, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

The Tzompantli – Mechanism of Mass-Murder

Not since Rome christened the Coliseum had the world witnessed sacrificial prowess as at the hands of primal Maya priests. Monuments to the genocidal terror litter the Yucatán. At Chichen Itza broad platforms such as the Tzompantli or “Wall of Skulls,” are thought to have supported racks for displaying human heads. The large structure itself has an incalculable…
Brian Hoffsis
November 15, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

The Grand Experiment

"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." - George Washington
Brian Hoffsis
November 6, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

Shortcut Home

The through-way North is a slow creep. So sluggish that only after a few dusk trips did I begin scanning my flanks for hidden alternatives. You see, this particular route is already my preferred alternative to freeway travel which had recently become unbearable during those typical congested hours.  However, the tirciary options seemed non-existent.…
Brian Hoffsis
October 30, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

Awaiting the Frenzy

“. . . WAIT!” was all I could get out. I threw the bag over my shoulder and scurried over to the top step and desperately scanned the whirling pedestrians. Off to my left I spotted her five-foot-four head popping in and out of the crowds. To my good fortune,…
Brian Hoffsis
October 26, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

Sidecar

"The beautification projects, some of which we witnessed on our drive in, were numerous and even ambitious considering the size of the settlement. Our small-statured host explained that the newly laid cobblestone streets below our feet were in-between phases, awaiting setting with large quantities of the local red clay, and advised us to watch our steps. Tired from…
Brian Hoffsis
October 19, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

The Witch, the Dwarf and the King

“. . . before the ground was occupied by the unique oval-based pyramid and symbol of Uxmal, it was home to a Maya witch. Distraught over being childless, she fabricated an egg from which bore a dwarf she claimed as her son. Perhaps due to his unusual conception, insecurities surrounding…
Brian Hoffsis
October 10, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

The Sanctum of Liberty

As we approached Capitol Hill the early morning sun was now blocked by the massive US Capitol Building and its facade was taking shape. For the twenty five minutes we walked along Pennsylvania Avenue, the building was prominent on the horizon at the end of the avenue yet hidden in…
Brian Hoffsis
August 9, 2012
PhotographyTravel Journal

Where Serenity Lives

Sweeping across the fluttering fields of corn silk, a firm yet caressing breeze rolls over the tiny hill. Even the slightest change in elevation in the flat north-central Ohio Valley terrain seems monumental. On a stifling day of mid-90 degree heat that late afternoon breeze cools lightly perspired brows until comfortable, or…
Brian Hoffsis
July 26, 2012