California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Dean’s California  — wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors. — Jack Kerouac   I went to California last Wednesday, in something of a time warp. A delightful time warp spanning the […]

Why Not Paris?

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. — Thomas Jefferson   It may surprise people who know me, and who know how much I adore Italy and how frankly miserable I am when I’m not in Italy, that my very favorite city is not on the […]

Pennsylvania Station: Lost and Found

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 | Category: Travel Writing

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Ed. note: Shortly after moving to Virginia, I discovered the Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop at Hollins University down near Roanoke. I applied for a spot in the Creative Non-Fiction genre and got in. Here’s a piece that I workshopped there and that has always had special meaning for me as a New Yorker. Hope you […]

Mohonk (and More) on the Hudson

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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I have an unusual relationship with the Hudson River Valley. As an adult living in New York City in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Hudson River formed the ever-present Western border of Manhattan. But even as a child living in the outskirts of New York City, the Hudson was still a presence. When life handed […]

From Sin City, UT to Unspeakable Danger

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Category: Travel Writing

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Beneath Yellowstone Park a monstrous plume of hot rock is causing the earth to heave and tremble. Past volcanoes have erupted with a thousand times the power of Mount St. Helens. The future is anybody’s guess. — When Yellowstone Explodes, National Geographic, August 2009 It’s two days before we leave for an adventure trip to […]

Muggle in Paradise

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light. — Professor Albus Dumbledore I am a muggle in love. Since the first Harry Potter book landed on our shores in 1999, I have been hopelessly in love with the world of Hogwarts and the boy […]

Return to Ravenna

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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 Adieu! Adieu! yon silver lamp, the moon,     Which turns our midnight into perfect noon,     Doth surely light thy towers, guarding well     Where Dante sleeps, where Byron loved to dwell. —   Oscar Wilde, Ravenna   There are only a few places in Italy that Tim and I have gone back to. Major airport […]

Unraveling in Thread City

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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It’s inevitable. You move to a new state and you’ve got a laundry list of things to do: change your address with the Post Office, contract for new utilities, make decisions about phone, TV and internet service, order or renew newspapers and magazines . . . and then the most dreaded task of all. The […]

Mark Twain, Yosemite and the Chinese Camp

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. — Wallace Stegner   The problem with keeping an appointment at Yosemite National Park is that there are too many outrageous things to see on the way up to it. Neat small […]

California: Golden Gateway to Great Cuisine

Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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 The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. — Calvin Trillin   I haven’t been to a lot of California, but where I’ve gone, I’ve eaten well. Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Francisco, Corte Madera, Sausalito and Tiburon […]