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[Weekly WOW #076]Meet The Presidents in Rapid City, South Dakota:

43 Reasons to visit this Constantly Evolving Downtown Area. The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated was the day my childhood ended. At 12 years of age, I suddenly found myself living in a world where heroes died, and even someone as classy and elegant as Jackie could be denied a happy ending. J.F.K. had […]

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[Weekly WOW #074] Tickling the Ivories in Denver:

From Virtuosos to Beginners, Everyone Gets a Chance to Play. The tune sounded familiar, but the title of the song eluded me. I was about to step over and ask the piano player what it was, but the light changed and we had to get across the street to catch the trolley. Cross the street? […]

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[Weekly WOW #073[ King Trumpet Mushrooms at Sioux Falls Farmers Market: 

When an Enterprising Young Man Nurtures Friendly Fungi, Good Things Grow. On a sunny Sioux Falls, SD Saturday morning, Simon, Otto and I were enjoying a stroll through the weekly farmers market, when our WOW sensors detected a find. In this case, the WOW turned out to be a table bearing king trumpet mushrooms, and […]

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[Weekly WOW #072] Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota: 

Phenomenal, Formidable and Far From Finished. When I was a child, enormous, larger-than-life statues had the effect of totally freaking me out. I kid you not. To me, it seemed as if they would come alive and crush the life out of me in some way or other. Perhaps then, it’s a good thing I […]

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[Weekly WOW #071] Charleston Tea Plantation:

A Tea Party People of Every Political Persuasion Can Enjoy. Shelves laden with boxes of tea bags and tins of loose tea stared back at us. Governor Grey, Plantation Peach, Rockville Raspberry, two types of mint, green and black varieties; all tempting us to take them home. We had sampled several in both their hot […]

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[Weekly WOW #070] Otto Lightner’s Music Boxes in St. Augustine, Florida:

Let these Mechanical Marvels Carry You Back to Simpler Times. There are two Ottos who have WOWed me in two different ways. Of course, Otto Von Guidemeister, my most competent guide, will always be top dog. But a man named Otto C. Lightner once bestowed a gift upon the city of St. Augustine that continues […]

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[Weekly WOW #069] Tybee Island Light Station:

A Centuries Old Symbol of Survival. It was 178 steps up a spiral staircase to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse and a WOW of a view. But the story of this 18th century structure is a WOW in its own right. Tybee Island, GA, approximately 20 minutes east of Savannah, is one of […]

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[Weekly WOW #068] Chocolat by Adam Turoni:

Meet Savannah’s Master of Edible Art. Remember what I once said about looking for the surprises? This is one of my favorite mantras, because the awareness that some unexpected delight might be hiding in plain view, waiting to be discovered, has led me to more than my share of enriching experiences. Well this is a […]

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[Weekly WOW #066] Peddling Our Asses in Fort Lauderdale:

Smiles Galore on a Bicycle Built for Fifteen. Setting my cocktail back in the cup holder, I began to peddle harder as we navigated a short hill. We were on a Foodie Tour hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, (insert http://www.sunny.org) but the food, scrumptious and creative as it turned out to […]

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[Weekly WOW #065] Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

The Diamond in the Rough that Became One City’s Sparkling Jewel. They don’t exactly roar. In fact, they sound more like a water tap on steroids with the volume turned up to maximum. They may easily be dwarfed in size and grandeur when compared to the likes of Niagara, but the water falls located a […]