An Army Base as a Community Unifier-Fort Drum, New York

For many of us civilian citizens who live around Fort Drum, an army base in northern New York State, this military reservation seems very mysterious and remote. We are familiar with the Army helicopters and jets, are used to the booms of practice maneuvers, and are no longer surprised by the red glow of flairs …

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My Favorite Adventure-Barcelona, Spain and Antoni Gaudi

I choose my yearly adventures in strange ways. I chose Barcelona (almost embarrassed to admit it) because I saw this city on an episode of "The Bachelorette".  It looked interesting and I wanted a change from the sometimes dark and ancient history of some of my previous trips. I really had no idea that this …

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Hints for Women Travelers #6-The Devil is in the Details

Try not to be picky. Please don't evaluative every little detail of your trip. Think globally, life is a movie not a snapshot. Over the course of my life, I have come to realize that joy is enormous and being joyless makes us small. Joy is about getting out of  ourselves, being with people, trying …

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Traveling to the Past and Learning about The Present

My trips sometimes don't have objectives. I hear or read about a place and curiosity pushes me there. That's how I got to Lily Dale, the Spiritualist Camp, in western New York State which was founded in 1848. I treated the experience with a lot skepticism and wandered through the little colony of houses with …

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