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An Encounter with Waterfire in Providence

An Encounter with Waterfire in Providence

The river walk was slowly filling up with people. Expectant, exuberant and excited. They lined up on the promenade and on the bridges over the river. They sat on the steps leading to the water. They sat with their legs dangling over the river. Slowly the sun set over...

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Finding Americana: The Cody Nite Rodeo

Finding Americana: The Cody Nite Rodeo

As people who grew up in coastal cities, I am not accustomed to Wild West cowboy culture, aside from what I’ve seen in TV and movies. But when international travel came to a halt in 2020, I packed up the car and drove through the Western US from my current Seattle...

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Norman Rockwell Museum, an Immersion in Art

Norman Rockwell Museum, an Immersion in Art

A drive through the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts brings one to Stockbridge, a quintessentially New England town, with magnificent scenery. On a hot, summer day last year my husband and I drove through these parts with one goal in mind - to visit the museum...

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Keep Austin Texas Weird

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

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

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

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”

Travel in Place: The “Sonoran Dawg”

I haven't experienced the taste of a Sonoran hot dog since my first baby-steps into international travel -- a hot dog elevated to a culinary experience. That was in the early 80's, but in all these years since I've yet to find a match. Since travel and food are so...

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Italy May Have Invented Pizza,but Di Fara Perfected It

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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Essex Street in Salem: Discovering Witches and Mariners

Essex Street in Salem: Discovering Witches and Mariners

Salem in Massachusetts, abounding in Puritan and American history is perhaps best known for the 1692 witch trials. My knowledge was restricted to magazines and websites which variously have described it as having a "witchy heritage, a haven for fans of "the occult and...

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