Restaurants (n.)

Go ahead. Take a guess where that word originated. Piece of cake. Of course, you know; we all know. It just had to have come from France. Supposedly, the word comes from 1765 and a man named Boulanger. (But, wait. I thought that was French for “bakery” or “the baker.” See what you get for…

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Ciao, Sicilia!

We are sitting in the airport at Palermo, Sicily waiting for our Ryanair flight to Paris. Our Sicilian adventure has come to an end, and our Christmastime in Paris adventure is about to get underway. Our time in Sicily was rather “spur of the moment,” as we only started planning it on November 22 when…

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The Boss

On the eastern side of Sicily, it’s hard to ignore her. Some folks call her Momma. Some call her “the bride.” Others refer to her as “the sleeping giant.” Call her what you want, but let me tell you, when you wake up, rollover, and see Etna right outside your window, you will have no…

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“A Child of the Sun”

In 1938, Florida Southern College was a handful of elegant brick buildings perched on a hillside overlooking Lake Hollingsworth. But, amidst the orange groves and magnolia trees, College President Dr. Ludd Spivey envisioned something far grander. He saw the setting for the first truly “American” college, a campus that did not mimic the ivy-laden halls…

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Colorful New England

We’ve been driving all over the Granite State and the Green Mountain State, and all the while, I’ve put a good bit of thought into why New Englanders seem to celebrate fall way more enthusiastically than we do. Here is my theory: I think that it is because it is just so darn pretty here…

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Kissing Bridges and Romantic Structures

“If I were to pray, I would pray that the bridges be spared the attention of engineers and arsonists—equal dangers with very little difference.”                                                              …

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Return of the Pumpkin People

We really must give credit where credit is due. Our neighbors to the north, the fine folks of New England, do autumn much better than we do. I assume that it is because the fall foliage is so much more spectacular there. Plus, the air gets fresher and cooler and all that really sets the…

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OBX

The last time (and only time) I have visited the Outer Banks before this week, I was probably at the ripe old age of seven. Age nine max. It was a family trip with my parents and brothers and we met up with an aunt, an uncle, and a couple of cousins. The house in…

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The Maine Event

Our family summer adventure in Maine is over. Mount Desert Island was a perfect destination. There is much to see and do. Outdoor activities ruled the week and the weather was wonderful for hiking, picnicking, cruising on the water, stargazing, and just relaxing. The lobsters of the area took a serious hit, but I think…

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Fjord or fjard?

I have heard it said many times that Somes Sound is the only fjord on the east coast of the United States. These days, most people think it’s just a fjard because it comes up a few characteristics short to be classified as a fjord. Nonetheless, it is a large, deep body of water and…

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