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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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Celebrating on the Watauga River

By Tom Adkinson The Watauga River rises on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and gets interrupted by two Tennessee Valley Authority Dams in Tennessee. About 78 miles from its headwaters, it flows into the Boone Lake impoundment of the South … Continue reading

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Agritourism — It’s a Real Thing

ADAMS, Tenn. – Simply taking a city kid to a farm isn’t likely to inspire him or her to choose agriculture for a livelihood, but it certainly can provide some entertainment and show that food originates somewhere other than the … Continue reading

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I Never Wanted To Visit the 9/11 Memorial

(Editor’s note: Today is Sept. 11, 2017. As Americans deal with the agonies of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and wildfires across the West, this also is a time to remember where we were 16 years ago.) … 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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Keeping the Trains on Time at Tweetsie Railroad

  BLOWING ROCK, N.C. – Scott McLeod has had a dozen or more jobs at Tweetsie Railroad, including cowboy actor, pyrotechnician and haunted house designer, but he’s hanging on to the one he has now. He supervises the train shop … Continue reading

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