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Keep Austin Texas Weird

It was hot, way too hot, and I just came back from a whiskey distillery. Civilization was floating by through our window, while Eddie Vedder's Society was playing in the background. The thermostat read 100°, but inside the A/C was on full power. The interstate was...

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Silversmithing in Breckenridge’s Arts District

When I think of Breckenridge, Colorado, I immediately think of skiing, so I wasn’t sure what to do when meeting a group of friends there during the off-season. Imagine my surprise to find myself trying my hand at silversmithing…transforming clay into a silver pendant!...

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New Haven: Exploring Art and Architecture

About a little more than an hour drive or train ride from the metropolis of New York City lies New Haven in the state of Connecticut. A much smaller town, its fame stems from the fact that it is home to Yale University, the premier Ivy League educational institution....

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The Last Stronghold of the Navajo, Canyon de Chelly

Exploring the History and Beauty of the Canyon The last rays of the setting sun painted the canyon walls a deep orange as they turned the bottom of the clouds reddish. I was at Tsegi Overlook taking in one of the classic views of Canyon de Chelly. Tsegi (Say-ih) is...

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Travel in Place: The “Sonoran Dawg”

I haven’t experienced the taste of a Sonoran hot dog since the 80’s and my introduction to international travel. However, I rediscovered them years later right here under my nose. Mexicali Crossing I wasn’t sure what to expect crossing the Mexican border for the first...

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Italy May Have Invented Pizza,
but Di Fara Perfected It

New York is one of my favourite cities. I first visited the city four years ago, and it made a vivid and broad impression on me. I could not get enough of the towering skyscrapers, Times Square, Central Park, and New York-style pizza. Yes, I never knew that I would...

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Looking Back on White Earth, Minnesota

My father saw gnomes as he neared death. They started with their backs against the paneled walls of his living room, moving closer and closer to him each day. He wasn’t scared though. Rather, he appeared to be comforted by them. After Dad died, a hospice grief...

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Travel-in-Place — More Corvallis Urban Canvas

Just like my first post featuring the urban art murals in Corvallis, I again exercised my Travel-at-Home under lockdown option to walk the downtown core and surroundings, capturing more of the 30+ art installations for you. Urban Canvas: Cougar Under The Bridge...

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Travel-in-Place — Corvallis, Oregon’s Urban Art

Just like in a third of the US, this week Oregon’s governor issued a statewide Stay-at-Home order to flatten the Corona virus pandemic curve. Since travel beyond getting the essentials is now strongly discouraged, I chose to exercise my Travel-at-Home option and walk...

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Enjoying in Emerald City: Enchanted by Seattle

The glass sculptures were astonishing. Just once in my life I had visited a glass blowers’ studio, accompanying my daughter’s school study trip. Yes, I had seen the demonstrations of the glass being melted, blown and shaped into a delicate form. But nothing prepared...

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