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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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An Art-Filled Stroll in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Bluff View Art District is a quiet retreat high over the Tennessee River that features a B&B operation in three houses, an art gallery, a chocolate kitchen, a bocce court, a nice restaurant, a fancy restaurant, … Continue reading

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Flowers from Guatemala for Mom

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL AMERICA — A visit last month to Guatemala produced a virtual bouquet for Mother’s Day. The only thing better would be having some of these beauties in my own yard, but I’d have to be … Continue reading

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Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife: Already Preparing for 2018

JEKYLL ISLAND, Georgia – The purpose of the Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife festival is to provide a respite from winter, but the just-completed W3 2017 (February 12) proved instead to be a celebration of spring. Temperatures climbed into the mid-70s, … Continue reading

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Tai Chi for Me? Surely, You Jest

The Smothers Brothers’ “Streets of Laredo,” Chinese version: Tom Smothers: I see by your outfit that you can do tai chi. Dickie Smothers: I see by your outfit that you do tai chi, too. Both: If you get an outfit, … Continue reading

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Big Mouse, Little Mouse in Southern California

SANTA ANA, California – There’s more than one mouse to visit when you go to Southern California. The internationally recognized Big Mouse, of course, is named Mickey, and he’s in Anaheim. The not-nearly-as-well-known Little Mouse is in Santa Ana and … Continue reading

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