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By Marian Betancourt Nashville is the home of country music, but this sophisticated city has a lot more going on, such as a world class symphony, thriving art scene, and the world’s only exact replica of the Parthenon, built to honor the intent of the 1779 city founders that this

By Gerrie Summers As a child, Sonia Sanchez was shy and spoke with a stutter, but she found her voice in poetry and influenced a generation of writers. Standing in front of an exhibit about poet Sonia Sanchez, I looked over at a section that read “Sonia Sanchez on what

By Everett Potter It was Robert Redford, the Erstwhile Sundance Kid, who was the first person to mention the Outlaw Trail to me. I was interviewing Redford at his Sundance Resort in Utah a few years ago when he pointed to the long, ornate wooden bar with massive mirrors in

By Joan Rattner Heilman Planning a trip to Death Valley National Park?   If so, you’re unusual.  And that’s good.  Except for the busloads of foreign visitors stopping for lunch or overnight on their way to Yosemite National Park or Las Vegas, you’ll have the place pretty much all to yourself

By Richard West Late summer. Heat. Ennui.  Your imagination as empty as a Magritte sky. When your usual brisk pace changes to a Willy Loman posture shuffle.  The month when your days of wine and roses turn to days of whine and neuroses. Don’t despair, the remedy is at the

By Everett Potter That crispness in the air is a sure sign it’s time for the annual pageant of vivid reds, oranges, and yellows that inspires leaf-peepers to explore the towns and byways of New England, the Midwest, the mid-Atlantic, and the Northwest. But what makes a fall foliage pilgrimage

The view from the kitchen window. Photo by Gayle Potter. By Everett Potter I’ve spent the past few weeks lakeside in western Maine, in a cabin — or “camp” in Maine-speak — that dates back to the 1940’s or earlier, slowing down and trying to remove myself  — if only

The view from the Island Inn on Monhegan towards Manana Island. Credit the Island Inn. Everett Potter It had been 10 years since I last set foot on Monhegan Island, so on a sunny morning last summer, with my  wife, daughter and niece in tow, we took the ferry from

        Forty-five minutes by ferry. That’s all that it takes to get to Martha’s Vineyard, the largest of the islands off the coast of Massachusetts. It’s a short journey for such a big trip. Martha’s Vineyard is justly famed for its great beaches, quaint towns and bevy

By John Grossmann At some point during your stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, even you, who foolishly keep lifting the lid of a laptop or finger massaging an iPad, will sidle up and awkwardly  ease your way into a clichéd but still wondrous resort amenity:  a beige hammock