Plant bulbs now for your spring garden

By: Ruth Kling

It has been difficult to get excited about the advent of fall weather this year due to a wet September and October. Yet gardening is all about hoping for the best.This sense of hope is well represented by the spring bulb. Spring bulbs are nature’s little bundles of delayed gratification. In each bulb is a harbinger of spring; a snow drop or crocus, a daffodil or tulip. All this will... READ MORE

Nearby W. Va., healing for body and soul

By: Glenda C. Booth

A little chunk of West Virginia dangles like an overturned bowl on the northeastern tip of the state, dipping into Maryland and Virginia. It’s known as West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and is the most visited part of the state.If you’re traveling there from here, the area is a welcoming introduction to the Mountain State. You won’t see sharp peaks, mountain... READ MORE

Good time to visit post-revolution Tunisia

By: Jenny Barchfield

Long known for its sea, sand and sun, Tunisia has a new claim to fame — as the birthplace of the Arab Spring.Popular demonstrations toppled the tiny North African nation’s longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January, inspiring the wave of pro-democracy protests that has swept the Arab world, from Morocco to Bahrain.While the uprising that ended Ben Ali’s... READ MORE

Vermeer and porcelain in quaint Dutch city

By: Emily Fredrix

You don’t have to be in Delft long to see what inspired Johannes Vermeer.Meandering up and down countless bridges that stretch over canals, and past storefronts and slender houses, the quaint Dutch life sets in.It’s this life — with its scenes of domesticity, milkmaids, and yes, that girl with the pearl earring — that the famed Dutch master so cherished during his... READ MORE

Be adventuresome in Dominican Republic

By: Victor Block

“You expect me to climb up that?” I inquired of Carlos, who was guiding my wife Fyllis and me on our morning outing in the Dominican Republic. “And then to slide back down?” I added with growing trepidation in my voice.We were about to scale the first of what’s billed as “27 waterfalls,” a series of cascades and pools created by a rushing river... READ MORE

SEALs, sun and squadrons in Va. Beach

By: Glenda C. Booth

Trying to spot a SEAL is all the rage in Virginia Beach, the Old Dominion’s largest resort town. It is home to the now-famous counterterrorism super-secret Navy team that raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound on May 1 and carried his corpse out to sea. Locals brag about their SEAL-spotting skills.Virginia Beach, a 14-mile stretch of sand with a heavy military backdrop, is... READ MORE