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[Weekly Wow #059] SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

55 Reasons to Take a Leisurely Stroll Downtown. It was love the instant I touched that adorable, innocent face with pinchable chubby cheeks and ice cream dripping from his chin. Then, dog lover that I am, I caressed the sweet head and floppy ear of his Labrador retriever. Of all the entries Simon and I […]

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[Weekly WOW #058] Indulge Your Curiosity at a Colorado Cannabis Dispensary: 

And Don’t Worry; Buying Is Optional. It was like one of those dreams – you know the kind – where past and present collide, forming a series of disjointed events. My first experience with a Colorado cannabis dispensary was somewhat like that, creating a WOW of an unusual sort. In Colorado, marijuana is legal, and […]

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[Weekly WOW #057] Hell Hath No Fury, and It Does Freeze Over: 

If This Tiny Michigan Town is a Preview to the Afterlife, We Have Nothing to Fear. If you like small towns with friendly people, zero crime and a laugh a minute, then may I suggest you go to Hell. And if you do visit this dot on the Michigan map, when you finally catch your […]

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[Weekly WOW #056] Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal: 

History and Expert Craftsmanship Combine to make this Church a Montreal Must-See. Through nearly three decades of growing up, attending college and working in what is known as the Paris of North America, I had never set foot in Notre-Dame Basilica. This travesty has now been rectified with a long overdue “WOW!” Montreal is replete […]

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[Weekly WOW #053] Stone Mountain in Atlanta:

A Rock of Ages, Southern Style. It was 9:30 PM on that hot Labor Day Monday, as we sat on the grass looking up at a mountain of granite called Stone Mountain. Not a particularly original, name to be sure, but the laser light spectacular that began to unfold on its north face definitely was. […]

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[Weekly WOW #049] Take Three Sips of “Three Ships” at Adams County Winery:

Converting Southern Pennsylvania’s Bounty of Luscious Fruit into Delectable Wines. My no-fail slow cooker pot roast was fall-apart tender, and the potatoes, carrots and peppers were done to a turn. As we sat down at our dinner table with good friends, Simon poured the wine bearing the whimsical name, “Three Ships to the Wind”. We […]

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[Weekly WOW #045] A Historical Hysterical Tour of America’s Oldest Campus:

Higher Education, High Spirits and High-Jinx. Our small walking tour group followed closely behind the young man in the safari suit and pith helmet, anticipating his next tale from nigh on 400 years of Harvard University history. Our guide, Professor William James of the late 1800s, tugged on some of the many threads of humor […]

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[Weekly WOW #044] The North Carolina State Monument at Gettysburg:

Courage, Strength and Raw Emotion, Brilliantly Immortalized in Bronze. When your eyes can’t provide your brain with visual input, your mind is forced to improvise. Depending on sounds, smells descriptions given by others and that inner something that’s hard to define, the mind’s eye can visualize scenes of intense beauty or unspeakable horror. A two-hour […]

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[Weekly WOW #035] The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC:

Helping a Nation Heal. The black stone was smooth and cool against my fingertips, despite the warmth of that sunny September afternoon in Washington, DC. It was 2005, and my second encounter with the Vietnam War Memorial, but the impact of the experience was no less of a WOW than the first. I randomly traced […]

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[Weekly WOW #031] Sunrise Over Haleakala:

A Picture Perfect Moment. The rising and setting of the sun has been romanticized through the ages. Even after Galileo put forth the notion that these phenomena actually result from the rotation of the earth. Scientific fact aside, there are many places on our planet where sunrise and sunset are cause for much picture-taking and […]