Category: Travel

People and Places to Remember

Remember the Alamo?

Not really. I’m not Texan, nor have I seen any of the movies about it. I have no clue what happened at the Alamo or why it was so important. So when I visited San Antonio, Texas recently, I happened…

Prehistoric mammoths revealed

Imagine taking a walk through a wood and seeing a large bone sticking out of the ground. That’s what happened in 1978 to two men who stumbled upon a mammoth bone in a ravine near the Bosque River in Waco,…

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

 

ā€“ Susan Sontag

 

Hurrah for independent booksellers!

These days, when most bookstores have become insubstantial online warehouses or indistinguishable big-box retailers, it’s gratifying to find independent booksellers who still offer unique environments to browse for books. Used bookstores are more likely to embody this feeling of old-time…

Here’s looking at you, kid!

As much as we think dolphins are cute, they are fascinated by us too. At the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key in the Florida Keys, I saw dolphins giving visitors the eye and coming back for more than one…

A tea shop mystery

Iā€™m a fan of a series of cozy mystery novels called the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. They are about a tea shop owner and amateur sleuth named Theodosia Browning who has a curious streak that gets her involved…

The Margaret Mitchell connection

It’s hard not to connect Atlanta, Georgia with that ultra famous Southern saga, Gone with the Wind, and its Pulitzer prizewinning author, Margaret Mitchell (especially as 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the 1939 movie). If you are a fan…

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.

 

ā€“ Andre Gide

 

My top 7 California pics

Moon jelly

There were lots of great photo opportunities on my trip to Southern California, so it wasn’t easy coming with just five. So I came up with seven instead: five stand-alone photos and two that were illustrations for longer stories.

My top 5 California stories

My visit to Southern California this winter was fabulous, and it’s hard to choose just a few of my best articles about the experience. But here are my picks: Living “La Vie en Rose”: About Petit Soleil in San Luis…