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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 […]

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As One Car Door Closes, Another Airplane Door Opens:

Highlights of 2014 For the most part, the past year has been nothing short of terrific. I say “for the most part,” because C.J., my 16-year-old early 2000’s four-legged traveling companion, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August. And because as the year closes out we opened the window, and in-flu-enza. Simon and I are both […]

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[Weekly WOW #017] St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal:

What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Doing in a Place Like This? When I was a freshman in college, there was one landmark I would see from the bus window on my way home from class that never failed to make my mind say WOW. This was St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, the large domed […]

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The Turkey Trot:

Thanksgiving On the Road Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The best way to spend it? At home, cooking a huge feast for our family, good friends and – as in recent years – a couple of young Marines from Camp Lejeune as part of our community’s Thanksgiving with the Marines annual event. But […]

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[Weekly WOW #015] The Other Lincoln Bedroom:

The David Wills House in Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is one of those places that stays with you, no matter how long ago and far away your last visit was. It is an area of many diverse WOW’s. On our first visit to Gettysburg, but certainly no our last, my biggest challenge was choosing just one. […]

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Six Legs Back at the Annapolis Boat Show:

A Year Later and a Lot Dryer It was just over a year ago that I put my first post, Six Soggy Legs at the Annapolis Boat Show, up on this blog site. In that post, I complained about the non-stop rain, talked about doing girl stuff while the guys lost themselves in gadget land […]

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[Weekly WOW #010] Arendtsville, PA

Small-Town Sunshine Trumps Moonshine Any Day We were in The N.E.W. A-Ville Inn, in search of a lead to some good Pennsylvania moonshine, but what we found was a WOW of a different kind. On our last full day in Gettysburg, PA, Simon, Otto and I found ourselves in an area of southern Pennsylvania where […]