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Opening Windows to the Past Through Genealogy

...Believe it or not, my ancestor was convicted as a Lampoon Carrier.  Yes, that was the charge for which he was tied to a stake.  He also had a note pinned to his shirt describing him as such...[more]

Jul 26, 2007, 22:29

Features and Series
Around America Part 5: Closing the Circle

...the experiences made everything worthwhile.  In the end, it’s rarely the destination or the means of conveyance that will find a permanent home in your memories, but rather the people you are with – and the people you encounter along the way.  That - and more - will define an adventure...[more]

Jun 21, 2007, 23:37

Features and Series
Around America Part 4: Meet Me in Manhattan


Some people love New York, some hate it and some love to hate it.  In my mind it is the world’s greatest city...
It is still all things to all people. 

And it is still a place where you can get left alone on top of the Empire State Building in the dead of night... [more]


Jun 14, 2007, 23:54

Features and Series
Around America: The Long Journey Home


Part 3 of a series

NEW AUBURN, WIS
. – The nights are very dark in Claremont, S.D.  Since the grocery store closed, the Home Plate Café sells milk in cartons to save the residents a 15-mile drive to Groton for that basic staple.  No highway runs through town and few people visit the small island of buildings in the midst of farms and cattle.  It wasn’t always that way. [more]

Jun 7, 2007, 22:43

Features and Series
Around America: Laughter, Tears and the One-Eyed Beagle

Companion to Part 3 of a series

Meet Michael Perry, author of the bestseller Population: 485 and Truck:  A Love Story. [more]


Jun 7, 2007, 21:09

Features and Series
Around America: From the Outside Looking In

Part two of a series
THE PACIFIC OCEAN
– I opened my eyes to see the sunrise over America.  It was spectacular and somewhat overwhelming.  Around me, the Pacific Ocean swirled and rolled in indescribable shades of blue; California appeared as a dark smudge on the horizon.  I was on the outside looking in at my country.

Jun 1, 2007, 01:51

Features and Series
Around America: Sailing Into The Past

I wandered the decks at night and walked along back staircases.  I peered down hallways that, in a Hollywood movie at least, would certainly be haunted.  But in the end, I saw no ghosts.  I did, however, feel … an indistinct, forlorn sadness.  Perhaps somewhere in the no-longer-functioning mechanicals of this grand ship, her heart is still beating.  The soul of the Queen Mary may still wish to be at sea.  [more]

May 24, 2007, 12:10

Features and Series
Around America: Adventures In Last-Minute Travel

Introduction to a series


TAMPA – Sometimes there is nothing easy about travel these days and planning a trip of nearly 10,000 miles is certainly no exception.  Especially when it is all done at the last minute... [more]

May 10, 2007, 13:10




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