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Groundbreaking Attractions: Over and Under in the New Las Vegas

May 2, 2014

Grinning, I worked the levers and lowered my bucket.  Drawing the teeth down and back, I chewed my first hole in the soil of Las Vegas, one of several I would dig over the next 90 minutes.  Operating the 315CL Caterpillar Hydraulic Excavator at the Heavy Equipment Playground set me to thinking about all the […]

Good Medicine: A Spiritual Journey Through Monument Valley

April 18, 2014

As a child he witnessed magic.  Among the spires of orange and russet rock, in the shadows of parapets ribboned with plum colored bands left by long receded seas, he watched as the Hopi medicine man placed the tip of an eagle feather against his mother’s neck and sang. His mother had insisted on the […]

Wild Man: Down to Earth and Out on the Edge with the Mayor of Telluride

April 4, 2014

My brother Curt and I were sitting in the dining room of the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ after our ski trip to Telluride when I said, “Look something up on your phone, will you?   See if you can find out the steepest pitch a person can ski without losing contact with the earth […]

Way, Way Out There: The Art and Artlessness of Marfa, Texas

March 21, 2014

Southwest Texas is vast, and mostly empty.  From San Antonio to El Paso, a distance of 550 miles, no town larger than 9,000 people exists.  In the entire region, an area about the size of California, the population does not exceed that of Rhode Island. In the 1880s the region was even more uninhabited.  Yet […]

Return of the Rocket Man: Learning to Flyboard in Fort Myers, Florida

February 7, 2014

When I was eight, I saw a vision of my future.  According to Argosy magazine, by the time I was thirty I would be getting around with a jet pack.  I would be rocketing off to work with 500 pounds of thrust on my back.  At night I would be heading home with my feet […]

Sand, Sex and Style on South Beach, the Sexiest City in America

January 24, 2014

It was awful, one of the most disgraceful examples of urban blight imaginable.  Block after block of gorgeous buildings gone to seed, paint peeling, plaster crumbling, porches sagging, weeds, filth and decay.  And there on the porches impoverished retirees clinging to the last vestiges of life, sick, dying, tubes sticking out of them, slumped in […]

Stalking Stuffer: Plotting a Diabolical Christmas Binge in Chicago

December 13, 2013

They have a name for me. They call me a Grinch, a curmudgeon, a Scrooge, and a grouch. The number of words available to describe me, and others like me, says something about how common we are. We are legion. And for good reason. Christmas is an overblown, garish exercise in overindulgence. It promotes stress, […]

Bad Blood: Tracing the Family Blood Lines Through the Hatfields & McCoys

November 29, 2013

I suspect my daughter is a hillbilly.  That is, I think she may have hillbilly blood running in her veins.  How much hillbilly blood, you might ask? Well, check this out.  Her mother’s name is Marie Hatfield.  Her grandfather’s name is Clarence.  His father’s name was Floyd, and he was the son of a man […]

Down and Dirty Fun: Mud Bogging at Carolina Adventure World

November 15, 2013

I like to watch the Amazing Race.  It’s one of my favorite shows.  With each new episode the show’s producers must find interesting and compelling new challenges for the race’s contestants, tests of grit and fortitude that have included everything from diving off a 30-foot platform into frigid water to eating a live octopus. I […]

Harsh and Bitter: The Tea Party and the Whiskey Rebellion in Bedford, PA

November 1, 2013

See if you know this story. After enthusiastically supporting a hugely expensive war, an angry, combative segment of the American public became outraged at the idea of paying taxes. Complaining of government overreach and darkly warning of the nation’s doom, these self-proclaimed patriots insisted that the government must live within its means, denounced the debt, […]