Pursuits

By Bobbie Leigh This is a true story.  The scene is  New York City.  The  time is evening rush hour.  On the downtown  E subway, a well-dressed man  gets on a super-crowded car. As the train is about to approach the next station, he feels something strange happening around his

by Everett Potter For anyone who travels off the grid to places where a cellphone won’t work but a satellite phone seems like costly overkill, Maine-based DeLorme may have the ideal solution. DeLorme’s inReach is a hybrid device and a system that utilizes satellite technology to make sure you’re never

  Everett Potter I’m as particular as the next guy about my sunglasses but never more so when I’m fly fishing, a sport that demands a good pair of polarized specs to cut the glare and help you read the water. So I decided to test a pair of Smith

By Bill Triplett Not that you ever need an excuse to pop over to London, but in case you’re looking for one – and happen to like art, photography, and Sherlock Holmes – well, you’re in luck. Museums are kicking off the fall season with some pretty impressive exhibitions; even

By Monique Burns For the great Scotland Homecoming 2014, I visited Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and Edinburgh, its stately capital, then joined Rabbie’s Trail Burners on the five-day “Highlands Explorer” tour in a sleek white Mercedes-Benz minivan. I was hell-bent on discovering the world of my maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin

By Monique Burns I journeyed to Scotland during the great Homecoming 2014 to learn about my maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Mason, and the places and people that produced him.  Frank Mason, who became the stuff of legend through my mother’s storytelling, arrived in this country in the late-1800s, settled in

By Monique Burns Searching for my great-grandfather’s legacy during the Scotland Homecoming 2014, I took a sleek, modern ScotRail train on a 50-minute journey from Glasgow east to the capital of Edinburgh. There I was delighted to find my hotel, The Balmoral, directly above Waverley Station. An entire block of

Story & Photos by Monique Burns For years, I longed to see Scotland.  As a child, I lived for those moments when my sister and I put away our paper dolls and jacks, and my mother drew us into a close warm circle to regale us with tales of her

By Richard West, My wife and I recently visited London and the alarming question arose: how to escape half of humanity seething around Big Ben/Parliament/Westminster Abbey and the other half to’ing and fro’ing in front of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews, both halves dressed as if awakened in a

By Monique Burns New York’s Greenwich Village has always attracted its share of characters. Offbeat, artistic and often highly intelligent, they still gather there to write and compose in brick townhouses and tenement apartments, gambol along leafy cobblestone streets, and frequent historic restaurants and watering holes. The Welsh poet Dylan