Nuit Blanche Toronto Exposes People to Art

I spent a long weekend in Toronto looking at art. It changed me. I realized that art is NOT measured in dollars and cents. Or sense. It is measured in experience and connection, in relation and revelation. Art can live outside a museum or gallery. It should live where it reaches people. I discovered that …

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Travel Stories Take Two Mark Twain Awards

Stories reproduced on this blog in 2017 won two awards in the Midwest Travel Journalists Association’s 2018 MARK TWAIN AWARDS. Thanks to everyone who helped facilitate these adventures and contributed to the awards. Special thanks to Gary Mallory for traveling with me and supporting my writing habit. NEWSPAPER ARTICLES – DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS -- 3rd Place:  Tennessee's Southern Dozen …

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I’ve Been Through the Desert on a Horse

Six months after our trip to Phoenix I can meditate to memories of a horseback ride through Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Led by Robert Pablo, a guide with Chuck’s Trail Riding Adventures at the Koli Equestrian Center at Wild Horse Pass the ride lulled me into peaceful state.  It’s remarkable because I never really cared for …

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Shooting Clay Pigeons is an Intuitive Skill

"Stop thinking!” Jim Flynn repeated. Apparently that’s why I couldn’t hit a clay pigeon flying at 44 mph away from me. Thinking, he said, slows the trigger finger. The goal is to feel the shot, to let the primitive voice in the back of my head know when to pull the trigger on the Browning 20-gauge …

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Get Tucker’d in West Virginia

I was so excited I nearly dropped my mobile phone as I fumbled for the camera app. I was trying to move smoothly, silently and speedily so I wouldn’t spook the doe and her twins. Despite my noisy movements the gentle-eyed deer came closer. Click. Click. Click. I captured several Facebook moments on my hike …

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Still Hollow Distillery, West Virginia

When Athey and Maggie Lutz decided to build a distillery, they sought uber-local ingredients and production support for their corn whiskey. Water comes from a limestone-filtered mountain spring just 50 yards from the soaring hardwood distillery building and they grow heirloom corn on their 190-acre farm in Job(population 25), West Virginia. The spring water was …

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Visiting Wine Country: HQ Healdsburg

The most visible damage from fires that lit up Napa Valley hillsides in October 2017 are random black in the treeline, most of them miles from wineries. To the west in Sonoma County nothing is visible from the fall’s two weeks of post-harvest smoke. While some homeowners are rebuilding, tourists see nearly nothing but a …

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