On no levels is Gettysburg, which is commemorating its 150th anniversary, just a battlefield. The site in south-central Pennsylvania, run by the national park service, carries a big wallop even for those who find the History Channel a bore. A few years ago … Read on
I never considered going into the military but I’ve nevertheless saw the US Navy as my ‘armed service of choice.’ My dad served a couple years, and finished his tour of duty a few months after I was born — at the Naval … Read on
I go to a lot of museums. The biggies are great, but I tend to prefer the pleasures from bite-sized portions of more out-of-the-way, unexpected ones like Bucharest’s National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (hand-written signs about how to love your grandma), Oklahoma’s … Read on
Getting ready for St Patrick’s Day? This year do it armed with truth. Leprechaun truth. 1. Are leprechauns real? I’m sorry, but no. 2. Are leprechauns really Irish? Likely not. Legend-wise, they’re more likely Scots. Leprechauns originally had different names in different places … Read on
Several years ago in Guatemala, a couple shirtless sweating guys were hanging from a fence shaking their fist at me: the lone foreigner in the crowd. And that was a good thing. Here’s my column for Oklahoma City’s Daily Oklahoman on why going … Read on
Everyone wants to scare you on Halloween, I want to make you feel safe and secure. Here’s a 76-Second Travel Show episode from two years ago that tells how.