We’re Connected: A travelers trip to Philly

We’re Connected: A travelers trip to Philly

In life, the only certainty is change.  We change physically, locations change, and world views change. Tastes too! Tracing back the ancestry of many Piedmont North Carolinians, any genealogical researcher knows that Quakers and Mennonites migrated to the Old...
No Disney pirates in Tahiti’s Black Pearl

No Disney pirates in Tahiti’s Black Pearl

“Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” sounds innocuous and somewhat sweet. It’s a stern-ish admonition by the17th British poet Robert Herrick in his poem To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, in which he warns gals not to be too picky as time’s a-wasting, and they...
Tallinn Estonia: Soviet flashback

Tallinn Estonia: Soviet flashback

001 First, we drank vodka. We ate pickles. We heard stories. Our Estonian host garbed in Communist guard’s attire presented “histertainment.” He served us Kali (Kvass) before which he instructed: “When you drink it, don’t smell it. I’ve never seen a foreigner who ever...
A Writer Visits Cuba

A Writer Visits Cuba

Havana has been dubbed the city of columns. For me, it was the city of tripping hazards! I’d have loved to peer upwards to view those Ionian columns, but if I took my eyes off the pavement for a nano-second, I’d fall over an upturned sidewalk or tumble into an...
Cats and celebrities

Cats and celebrities

“I hope you write that story, Erika. You owe it to your readership,” Susana emailed. “I think an issue of a magazine on cats would give you just the prompt you need to write down that wonderful story you recounted so wittily, fluidly, vividly and spicily.” When I...
Where in the world: Pittsboro courthouse

Where in the world: Pittsboro courthouse

What in the world is a rabbit gum, an Oval Oak, and why’s a woman on the Seal of Chatham County holding a cap? The Louvre of Paris has its appeal; the Metropolitan in New York City holds treasures too, but neither museum contains the answers to the above...