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Sunny Isles makes for sunny disposition

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  One shimmering glass and steel tower after another line the beachfront of Sunny Isles, Fla. Construction is booming with multimillion-dollar projects appearing to outdo each other in height and creative design. Still, this shouldn’t stop anyone from getting excited about vacationing in this south Florida paradise. Somehow despite all this development Sunny Isles has […]

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Go fly a kite

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Looking for a carefree activity or a pastime reminiscent of childhood or something physical to get the younger folks moving and laughing? Consider flying a kite. Kite flying is believed to be more than 2000 years old and cultures around the globe (China, India, Japan) have early ties to kites. Throughout the years, kites have […]

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Preservation of maritime history, traditions and treasures is big in Delaware

The Lightship Overfalls once served as a floating beacon to help ships navigate at night.

Delaware folks seem to have a special passion for the preservation and celebration of maritime history, traditions and treasures. Along Delaware’s southern coast one can have a close encounter with the one-of-a-kind remains of a 1798 British shipwreck, explore a lightship and lighthouses, take a leisurely ferry ride from one state to another and indulge […]

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Georgia’s scenic Cumberland Island

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Off the coast of Georgia sits one of the largest of more than 100 Sea Islands of the southeastern United States. Cumberland Island is home to wild horses, boars, American alligators, armadillos and beautiful sprawling live oaks covered with Spanish moss. The island is a 45-minute ferry ride across the water from St. Mary’s, Georgia’s […]

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St. Augustine is one tasty town

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St. Augustine, Fla., has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its history. Everywhere there are references to historical figures such as Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who founded the city in 1565, and Henry Flagler, who transformed the area from an alligator-infested swamp into a playground for the rich during the late 1800s. Today the beaches, […]

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Not too old to learn something new

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  To be honest, I really have no business getting on a snowboard. After all, I’m way closer to 60 than I am to 50 and my once-flexible joints are far stiffer than they once were. Still, a visit to Bear Creek Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, Pa., gave me the opportunity to take […]

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Inauguration is a national celebration

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The national tradition of swearing in the newly elected president of the United States has Washington, D.C., all abuzz. Security experts, transportation officials, party planners, out-of-towners and local residents are figuring out the best way to deal with the impending traffic, crowds, revelry and confusion that comes at inauguration time. Presidential inauguration festivities play out […]

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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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