Asphalt highway in New Mexico

Road Trip to New Mexico

One of my best friends is living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for several months to complete a project — and I thought, what a perfect excuse for a road trip!

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” — Jack Kerouac, On the Road

20" Hartmann Herringbone Weekend Duffle

Winter Drawing Winner: Terri Webster Schrandt

Congratulations to Terri Webster Schrandt of Second Wind Leisure Perspectives, winner of my Winter Giveaway. As a thank-you to my followers, I announced a winter drawing in January for a Hartmann Herringbone Carry On, and I conducted the drawing on February 28, using a random number generator. We […]

St. Louis Cathedral in early morning fog.

Visiting New Orleans? Six Ideas for What to Bring Home.

If you want cheap, mass produced Mardi Gras masks or just another t-shirt, walk one block down Bourbon Street in either direction, and you’ll be set. On the other hand, if you are looking for the best souvenirs in New Orleans – you want something truly special to remember your visit, here are some things that will make you think about the Crescent City every time you see them.[…]

US Driver's License. Photograph, Hal Bergman - iStock Photos.

Can You Travel If Your ID is Lost?

Your wallet and identification are GONE, and you have a plane to catch. What are you going to do? My cousin came to visit for a week, and was due to fly home yesterday afternoon. Before we left for an early lunch, Peter discovered that his wallet was missing […]

Champagne being poured. Photograph: bluefern, iStock by Gettty.

She’s so hot, Hot, HOT!

It all started when I was having champagne with Captain Darcy. He was a handsome man, and we had talked many times over the two weeks of the cruise. I was not surprised I’d been invited to the Captain’s dinner. The Captain’s guests gathered for champagne and conversation before dinner, and […]

Mulberry Street on New York's Lower East Side, ca. 1900

Visiting the Tenement Museum

One of the most fascinating museums in the United States stands at the corner of Delancey and Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. Stepping into the Tenement Museum is time travel into the lives of hardworking American immigrant families. You pick your year. Would […]

Learning to Love Museums

Want to make someone hate you? Find a person who doesn’t know much about art and force them to spend hours as you drag them to every painting in every gallery in a museum while you read every placard as they fidget next to you. Yep. I guarantee […]