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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, […]

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, […]

Fixing a Hole: Touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

August 23, 2013

My poor wife. She was lacking something.  She was suffering a deficit. She had a hole where her experience of America had been. She had never been to Yellowstone. Worse yet, she had never seen the Grand Tetons or been to a rodeo. It was a tragic thing. Think about it. A geyser had never […]

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 […]

Dumped On: The Messy Truth About Love Canal, NY

October 19, 2012

The United States today is a country of two different people, liberals and conservatives. The partisan divide is stark and dramatic.  But at bottom what exactly is it that divides us?  The best definition I’ve heard comes from libertarian essayist P.J. O’Rourke who said, “Conservatives fear the government more than they do the corporations.  Liberals […]