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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

I’m transferring cassettes of songs I wrote in the ’90s to my laptop, and ran across a tape labelled “Anthology of Lameness.”

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Piggly Wiggly Gets Cultured

The Pink Palace Museum is housed in what was the home/mansion of the founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain. (I know it seems strange to have the words museum and Piggly Wiggly in the same sentence, but go with it.) The Palace features a natural history section, an IMAX theater, and an especially great section covering the history of Memphis. Well worth a […]

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Angels in Bisbee, Arizona

Bisbee, Arizona is an old mining town, though now it’s more of an artist colony. Galleries, coffee shops, brew pubs, and funky little stores line the streets, while renovated miner shacks crawl up the hill from downtown. (Which is tiny – you can cover Bisbee in a day, and you should. It’s a charmer.)

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Law & Murder

On my trip to Hawaii in March I saw all seven national parks. (Read more about my adventures here, here, here, and here.) The most fascinating of the bunch was Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park on the Big Island, and no, I can’t possibly pronounce it. When you get that many vowels involved I just throw up my hands and order a margarita. What’s fascinating […]

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Where Hawaiians Went to Die

What better way to follow up my maudlin Pearl Harbor experience than a visit to Molokai, land of fatal disease and forced isolation. Fun! Turns out it actually was fun. And fascinating. Sad, definitely. Also, beautiful.

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The Shame of Luck

I was in Hawaii when the Japanese tsunami hit, and this post telling the story is much longer than usual, part of a book-length manuscript I’m working on. It’s also more serious than the norm, so I hope you like it. Back to regularly scheduled programming next time. After a day exploring Haleakala National Park I was watching Law & Order in my hotel room […]

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Where to Stay and What to Do in the Texas Panhandle (and Oklahoma)

In the interest of providing useful information, which is rare with me I know, here are links to a few things I recommend. (Real reason: it’s a hodgepodge link-fest because I’m still comatose from the giant meal I made yesterday. And even though I’ve been trying to lose four pounds for, oh, the last six months, I made a feast that is basically the opposite […]

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Carlsbad Caverns: Where Awe and Terror Meet

I’m claustrophobic. So when I was younger and considering careers, rejected options included astronaut, deep-sea diver, Houdini-like escape artist, coal miner, and competitive spelunker.

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Deming, New Mexico: More Excitement Than I Bargained For

Know what I found in Deming? Death and terror.

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