A glimpse inside Rastafarian culture

Left: Leemon proudly shows a life-sized baby giraffe carved from a single tree trunk. Middle: DeKalb resident Don Roman admires Leemon’s handiwork as he is shown a book of Jamaican master artists in which Leemon is profiled. Right: Many Rastafarians are craftspeople and often sell their wares at resorts and public beaches.

Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting a man referred to simply as Leemon, a Rastafarian in the true sense of the word. Leemon lives in a tiny village in the Jamaican hills overlooking Montego Bay. He has no electricity, no running water and no other so-called modern conveniences, yet he […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean—it’s not just for the idle rich

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Whenever someone suggested that I do something well beyond my means financially, I used to joke, “if I had that kind of money I wouldn’t be sitting here—I’d be cruising the Mediterranean.” Earlier this year, my mother called my bluff. “How much would it cost to cruise the Mediterranean?” she asked. I looked it up […]

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Artistry is at the heart of pumpkin Blaze

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  What happens when you throw 5,000 pumpkins, 15 artists and 1,000 volunteers in a caldron around Halloween? You get a can’t-believe-your-eyes event called Blaze. Actually it’s called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Located in Croton-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor estate, Blaze, as it’s known to locals, runs for 22 […]

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Steel plant makes artful renaissance in Pennsylvania

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A rusted and decaying steel plant casts a stark contrast against a blue cloudless sky. Such a massive and deteriorating structure, once home to thousands of steel workers, might be perceived as a painful symbol of what was. However in Bethlehem, Pa., the former Bethlehem Steel plant has become a symbol of revitalization and transformation. […]

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Nautical town has much to entice visitors

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Annapolis is well known as the place where politics culminates in Maryland; the state’s capital. Maryland lawmakers and other movers and shakers flock there to make laws and shape policy. For the rest of us, however, there’s an abundance of non-partisan reasons to venture to this city of 33,000. Consider that Annapolis is a sailing […]

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Still plenty outdoor events left to enjoy

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Before you get depressed that Labor Day marked the end of summer fun, take heart. There’s still plenty to enjoy as summer slips away and fall makes its debut. And the best part is that one doesn’t have to go far. We’ve rounded up a list of “must-do” outdoor events right here in DeKalb County. […]

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Paradise found in Mozambique

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As we departed Kruger National Park in South Africa with its flourishing animal and plant life, my travel partner, Johann Carstens, told me that once we crossed into the Republic of Mozambique we would see a stark difference. He was correct. A primitive border post served as our entrance to Mozambique. It was a great […]

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Jamaica’s celebration of 50 years of independence makes for a great excuse to visit

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  Only a short plane ride from Atlanta sits the fifth largest island in the Caribbean. The indigenous people of the island named it Xaymaca, meaning the “Land of Wood and Water.” Now the island, Jamaica, is celebrating 50 years of independence from British rule. Over the centuries Jamaica passed through the hands of Spain […]

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