Vastness of African-American history and culture on national display

An interactive display table allows visitors to select music to be played and read about musical artists.

It might seem like an impossibility to focus on the joys, struggles, oppression, survival, accomplishments, pain and beauty of African Americans in one facility and do it well. However, the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., certainly has captured the essence of the diverse experiences of Black people, and […]

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Mountain resort offers something for all

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Rarely when entering the property of a sprawling resort does one see a sign that cautions visitors to be careful of horses crossing the drive, but this is the case at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center. The entranceway is also used by local horses as an access path from the stables to the […]

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Birds-eye view of NYC from double-decker bus

The rush of Times Square, top, and the stateliness of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are two of the many sights to be seen on the double decker bus tours in New York City. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Although I haven’t lived in New York for several decades, I still call myself a New Yorker at heart. On a summer visit to New York City, I decided to do something I hadn’t done before—go sightseeing in a double-decker bus. What a great choice! Although many of the sights on the routes I rode […]

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Contemplate America’s dark moment at 911 Museum

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It might not sound like a great way to spend one’s time when visiting New York City, but going to the 911 Memorial & Museum should top any “must-see” list. It is a stunningly beautiful building and its multi-media exhibits are presented in a way that captures the history, loss, heroism and humanity of what […]

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Nautical Manhattan tour reveals other side of city

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Being a tourist in New York City presents a traveler with a “cornucopia” challenge—there’s just so darn much to choose from when deciding on things to see and do.  Transportation options for seeing the sights are many—subway, big bus tours, city buses, taxis, rideshare and more. But one can’t go wrong picking a Circle Line […]

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NYC’s High Line is an attraction high above the rest

The 1.45-mile High Line occupies an elevated rail line that in its prime carried goods through Manhattan’s largest industrial district. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

A trip to New York City can be a pressure cooker-like experience when it comes to deciding what to do—so many options. Choose among theater, museums, historic sites, shopping, dining, sporting and musical events as well as adventures on the water.   One of the likely lesser known places to explore is the High Line, […]

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Mosque welcomes visitors to explore its grandeur

Floor-to-ceiling artwork is infused in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi including marble columns with inlay of floral designs. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an ultra-modern city dominated by sleek contemporary skyscrapers and mind-blowing mega-malls, entertainment complexes, international hotels, lavish homes. In the midst of all this is a religious site that may outshine them all—Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center. It is a vast property with stunning architectural designs built […]

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Artistic inspiration found during Cuba travels

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Inspiration for artists comes in many forms—sometimes in their own backyards and sometimes in exotic places.  Four local artists found inspiration a few months ago on the island of Cuba, thanks to support from a local arts center. Now their work is being shared at venues throughout DeKalb County. The artists are Les Scarborough, owner […]

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