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11 truths uncovered on a Caribbean cruise

By Tom Adkinson Every cruise is a voyage of discovery, and at least some of those discoveries are about human behavior. Here are 11 accumulated from a Caribbean cruise. After achieving a certain age or a certain weight, men shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Celebrating the world’s biggest pistachio

By Tom Adkinson (Editor’s note: February 26 is National Pistachio Day, but everyday is a holiday at PistachioLand.) ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico – If it weren’t for White Sands National Park and the Manhattan Project atomic bomb heritage of Alamogordo, the … Continue reading

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America gets new national park for Christmas

By Tom Adkinson ALAMAGORDO, New Mexico – Merry Christmas, America! You got a new national park just a few days before the big day for opening presents. It is White Sands National Park between Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico. … Continue reading

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And the wall came tumbling down

BERLIN — I was in grammar school when the Berlin Wall went up, and I was married with three children when it came down. The physical division of Berlin began in 1961 and ended in 1989 — 30 years ago … Continue reading

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Hopscotching through Southern Oregon in Autumn

By Tom Adkinson The big-city appeal of Portland means it gets plenty of visitor attention, but meandering through the small towns and two-lane highways of southern Oregon provides a completely different set of diversions. If you fly into the region … Continue reading

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Meet the Texas Doctor Also Skilled in Chocolate Making

By Tom Adkinson GRAPEVINE, Texas – Sue Williams wanted to be a county agricultural agent, but she became a medical doctor and a chocolate maker instead – and the world is a better place for that. Just ask anyone who … Continue reading

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Times Square, 1 Hour, 10 Photos – Now GO!

By Tom Adkinson NEW YORK – You’re in Midtown with an hour to spare before your next appointment. What do you do with that small amount of time, just 60 minutes? My decision was a personal challenge – get 10 … Continue reading

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Barbados, Bajan, Beautiful

By Tom Adkinson About 270,000 people call Barbados home, and the face of every one of them almost cries out to be photographed. From the Friday fish fry at Oistins toward the south end of the island, to the markets … Continue reading

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Admiring the Neon Rainbows of Las Vegas

By Tom Adkinson LAS VEGAS – Neon lights are to Las Vegas what the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco or the Statue of Liberty is to New York. The colorful use of an inert gas inside glass tubes … Continue reading

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Dogsledding Where the Dogs Speak French

“Unless you’re the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” OUTSIDE QUEBEC CITY – That axiom from the world of dogsledding doesn’t apply if you’re the musher. Standing on the runners of a sled with six or seven powerful, yelping dogs … Continue reading

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