Plant bulbs now for your spring garden

By Ruth Kling
Posted on November 01, 2011

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
Posted on October 14, 2011

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
Posted on October 01, 2011

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
Posted on September 16, 2011

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
Posted on September 01, 2011

“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
Posted on August 01, 2011

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

More than beaches on N.C.’s Outer Banks

By Victor Block
Posted on August 01, 2011

I stood frozen with fear, unable to run. The terrifying pirate drew closer, his curved sword swinging wildly.Just as he was about to separate my head and body, I snapped back to reality, left my all-too-real daydream about Blackbeard behind and moved on to the next exhibit in the museum.The story of Blackbeard the Pirate is one display that makes the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in... READ MORE

Cut your losses when a trip gets canceled

By By Ed Perkins
Posted on July 15, 2011

For obvious reasons, many Americans who had booked travel to Egypt or Japan earlier this year had to change their plans, and others who hadn’t yet booked have made alternative arrangements.But what about trips to other areas at other times? Nobody can predict where the next revolution might break out — and certainly not when and where the next earthquake, tsunami, fire or... READ MORE

How does your garden grow? Some tips

By Ruth Kling
Posted on July 01, 2011

To my mind, a garden is a space — no matter how small —that lets one enjoy some greenery and a bit of the natural world.Whether you maintain a large garden by yourself, nurture a few pots on a balcony, or pay someone else to take care of your yard, here are some basic tools that will help you create and keep your own green space.There are three main areas to know about... READ MORE

A smorgasbord of to-dos in Pennsylvania

By Victor Block
Posted on July 01, 2011

My recent visit to the Hershey-Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania revealed a destination of pleasant surprises.If you think of Hershey primarily as a mecca of chocolate, that’s only part of the story. The nearby Amish community offers a fascinating opportunity to experience a different culture. And Harrisburg is home to a world-class Civil War museum equal to anything the South has... READ MORE