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When you get the opportunity to get away, what’s your favorite destination? An isolated beach, such as Ocracoke, NC? Or where history lives – Gettysburg, maybe? Perhaps you’re energized by city attractions, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Lots more ideas are just a click away.

Travel: Denali National Park

Posted by on Sep 16, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Denali National Park

I’ve not been to Alaska yet to see Denali National Park, but I’ve just been overwhelmed by the beauty I’ve seen on video...

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Travel: Myrtle Beach

Posted by on Sep 5, 2009 in Travel | 2 comments

In my unfinished novel, I describe Myrtle Beach as “the painted harlequin of the Southeast coast.” I like that. That’s...

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Food: The Varsity, Atlanta

Posted by on Aug 29, 2009 in Food, Travel | Comments Off on Food: The Varsity, Atlanta

“What’ll ya have!” For 81 years, visitors at The Varsity drive-in in Atlanta have been greeted with those words. In a...

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Americana: Mall of America

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Americana, Travel | Comments Off on Americana: Mall of America

It’s a basic element of American culture. We like our stuff supersized. First there was the strip shopping center. Then the mall....

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Travel: Broadway

Posted by on Aug 14, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Broadway

Give my regards to Broadway. The Great White Way. The Theater District. The Street of a Million Lights. Okay, I made that last one up. But...

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Travel: Grand Canyon

Posted by on Aug 4, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona encompasses more 1.2 million acres. That is some kind of hole in the ground. “Scientific...

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Americana: Route 66

Posted by on Jul 28, 2009 in Americana, Travel | 1 comment

The song says “It winds from Chicago to L.A. More than 2,000 miles all the way.” For a generation of drivers, Route 66 was the...

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Travel: Williamsburg

Posted by on Jul 23, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Williamsburg

First, let’s be clear that it’s not Outlet Mall Williamsburg that’s a Great American Thing. Or Pancake House...

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Travel: Key West

Posted by on Jul 14, 2009 in Travel | 2 comments

They say that Key West is the southernmost point in the continental United States. Okay, but “continental” is pushing it....

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Travel: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Americana, The Arts, Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Metropolitan Museum of Art

I have the same feeling with this entry that I have when I encounter The Met: I don’t know where to start. Visit New York, go to the...

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