Las Vegas Mob Museum Exposes Prejudice

By Paris Wolfe I profile.  I learned that at The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, in the new Use of Force exhibit. When I sense a threat, I’ll shoot a man, but pause for a woman. It’s not conscious. My body just responds unless I override it with my brain. And, there’s no time to …

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Digging My Luck in Las Vegas

There’s more than one way to dig a hole in Las Vegas. Sure, you simply could lose money. Or you literally could dig a hole with operate heavy equipment. I spent 90 minutes on a Caterpillar 315C excavator in the desert sands and came away richer for the experience. My mid-February experience was courtesy of Dig …

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Napa Valley Wine Train Delivers

The Napa Valley Wine Train is alive and well. October’s wildfires didn’t damage its station, historic steel Pullman cars or 18 miles of railway. The randomly scorched hillsides are far from the rails and from most vineyards. So we chose the Wine Train as a way to see and taste the legendary Napa vineyards while enjoying a …

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Tombstone Preserves an 1880s Silver Mining Town

By Paris Wolfe, Adventurist Tombstone, Arizona, was a simple silver-mining town among many in the 1880s. It looms large because of legendary lawmen the Earp brothers and their hard-drinking, hard-gambling buddy Doc Holiday. The men and the town went down in history because of a 30-second shootout portrayed in movies as the Gunfight at the …

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12 Steps to Great Sand Castles

Janel Hawkins, owner of Sandcastle University in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is the guru of the grain.  Grain of sand, that is. A self-taught artist, the 23-year-old has studied under masters and has sculpted the NCAA volleyball logo for national television. Today, she teaches more than 300 construction classes per year along Alabama’s 32 miles of …

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