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Deep in the Heart of Texas: Aiming for Authenticity in the Hill Country

March 8, 2013

Above all things I value authenticity in travel.  Cruise ships, all-inclusive resorts, and gated communities hold little appeal for me because they strive to keep the traveler comfortably separated from the people and culture he is in.  I like to feel I am in among the people, experiencing how they live. This is always most […]

To Steal the Labor of Others: The Bitter Lessons of Africatown, AL

February 22, 2013

History cannot be forced on a people. In 1983 the people of Africatown tried to get their neighborhood declared a National Historic Park. It was a non-starter. Not only was their plan opposed by the adjacent International Paper Co. plant, which was reportedly eyeing the land for possible expansion, but none of the original cabins […]

Away Again in Margaritaville: A Perfect Winter’s Day in Key West, FL

February 7, 2013

Lincoln rebelled at the idea of getting wet. “My blood has become too thin living in Miami.  65 is definitely too cold for me.” By the time we got to the place, however, located on a tranquil channel beside the mangrove swamps in Key West the temperature had climbed to 74 and the sun was […]

Longevity: Discovering the Real Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, FL

January 16, 2013

As I came into Florida, home of the largest concentration of senior citizens in the United States, on my way to the oldest city in the United States, I was feeling a little creaky in my limbs.  I had stayed up too late watching the game, and it had been a long drive and I […]

The Dark Camps of War: Revisiting the Horrors of Andersonville

January 11, 2013

When they came to Wirz with the offer, he refused them. He was not a man to play games. He had already told them he knew nothing that would implicate President Jefferson Davis in the calamity that was Andersonville, but they kept pressing him, thinking he would crack, thinking he would bear false witness in […]

What the Hell: Visiting The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY

December 28, 2012

Enroute to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, I stopped at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and learned that the world came into existence some 13.7 billion years ago, that life evolved on the planet through a process known as natural selection, and that climate change is a matter of grave concern. Then I went […]

The Tyrant’s Art: Living in a Dream House in Two Rivers, WI

December 14, 2012

Living in his house, it was hard to comprehend how such a cold, self-absorbed person could create a thing of such lasting beauty. By 1938 he had left a trail of tragedy and destruction behind him.  An unapologetic womanizer and adulterer, he had left his first wife and six children and run off to Europe […]

The Patients of Saints: Visiting The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

November 30, 2012

It started with a disaster. When the tornado struck, devastating the town of Rochester, wiping out a third of the town, killing 37 and leaving hundreds injured, a temporary hospital was erected and the hard-pressed medical community went to work treating the wounded.  It was hard work made more difficult by the lack of access […]

Red State Reckoning: Playing Paintball in Martinsville, IN

November 16, 2012

When the squadron leader gave the signal, we hurried forward, crouching and firing, making for an overturned cable spool.  Or I should say they were firing, the other guys on my team.  They were plugging away, spraying the field with ordinance, taking no chances.  But I was trying to be as stealthy as possible, moving […]

Cleveland’s Super Colorful Comic Book Legacy

November 2, 2012

Clark Kent is resigning from the Daily Planet.  Times have changed and Kent doesn’t appreciate the tabloid-like direction the paper is taking.  He plans to become an independent journalist and blogger.  Let me be the first to welcome him to the club. As earth shaking developments in the Superman saga go, this one is fairly […]