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

Cards for travelers to keep in their wallet

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: June 17, 2011

Although you see lots of “don’t leave home without them” lists of things you need on a trip, only a few are truly essential. When you’re outfitting your wallet or purse for your upcoming trip, you need to carry no more than six cards.ATM card for cash. Don’t run the risk of carrying a lot of cash or the hassle of getting and signing endless travelers’... READ MORE

Mystical Morocco an exotic tourist mecca

By: Gwen Gibson
Posted on: June 01, 2011

From the High Atlas Mountains to the lonesome shifting sands of the Western Sahara, Morocco offers the visitor a labyrinth of stories, dreams, contrasts, mysteries and myths.But when I talk about my recent trip to this exotic country, friends often ask the same three basic questions. One: Why did you go to North Africa when there was so much turmoil there? Two: How was the food? Three:... READ MORE

Dick Van Dyke’s lucky life and funny times

By: Frazier Moore
Posted on: June 01, 2011

Dick Van Dyke looks back and marvels.The way he sizes up his 85-and-counting years is summarized by the title of his new memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: dumb luck.Luckily, he had a lot of talent, too.Van Dyke writes proudly of his roles in one of television’s most beloved sitcoms (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) as well as a classic film musical (Mary... READ MORE

NY’s Adirondacks for cool summer action

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: May 15, 2011

Last August, as most of the Eastern U.S. sweltered, I was experiencing the cool days and nights of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, serenaded by the haunting call of the loons, which alternates between a watery yodel and a wavering tremolo.Tuberculosis patients once went to the Adirondacks “to take the cure.” Today, a few days in the Adirondacks can surely cure the... READ MORE

Living the good life in the heart of Italy

By: Kathy Matheson
Posted on: May 01, 2011

MONTE SANTA MARIA TIBERINA, Italy — As we turned off the main street onto an unpaved local road, I glimpsed a stone tower jutting up from a distant hill. It seemed impossibly high from our vantage point — were we really headed up there? Where else could this road lead?It was late May, and I was traveling with two friends to a destination wedding in the tiny town of Monte Santa... READ MORE