there’s something new in town

Salem is one of those state capitals that’s relatively small. It’s definitely not the population hub of its state. But it has a charming downtown that’s very walk-able and heavily populated with local shops, restaurants, art galleries and bakeries. Recently,

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  • 13th Apr, 2016
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always encourage courage.

Travel is vital, especially in the worst of times…. traveling and meeting people with different and opposing ideas is as important as finding the most inviting beaches, visiting the best restaurants, and seeing the sights. -Christiane Amanpour Chief International Correspondent,

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  • 23rd Mar, 2016
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The joys of exploration.

Where does it lead? Don’t ask. Walk.   I have many friends who RV full-time. Some have gone on trips across the US that lasted more than a year – even two. But one thing that all of them have

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  • 13th Mar, 2016
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Have you found that looking forward to something can be almost as much fun as actually being there/doing it? Almost?

  • 8th Mar, 2016
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An escape from the political fray

Willa Cather, one of my favorite authors, who wrote so prolifically and engagingly of middle America, spent time in Paris. It was she who said, “Paris is a hard place to leave.” Willa is one of my muses. She keeps

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  • 4th Mar, 2016
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The Serendipity of Steinbeck at the Coast

Just a bit more than a few months ago, I spent a few days on the Oregon Coast with a dear, tons of fun, also loves to travel, friend. We stayed at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, in the John Steinbeck

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  • 24th Feb, 2016
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Fear is the cheapest room in the house.

Fear is a fluid thing. Something, to me, like those mesmerizing taffy machines in seaside candy shops that twist, contract and stretch the pastel colors in a conglomerated string.

  • 10th Feb, 2016
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Who shares your dream?

There are people in your life who just won’t be supportive of your dreams. You know by the roll of the eye. You cringe at their incredulous, “You want to do what?” Or the one word query, “Seriously?” And then

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  • 11th Jan, 2016
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Care to join me at Laduree?

When in Paris last Christmas, I had to stop and indulge at Laduree because if there’s royalty in the bakery world, Laduree deliciously wears one of the crowns. Yes, it’s touristy and yes,10 euros for four macarons is steep, but

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  • 7th Jan, 2016
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