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

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 Maria ... READ MORE

A natural beauty beyond words in Alaska

By Victor Block
Posted on April 01, 2011

The most immediate, and dramatic, impression Alaska is likely to make on you comes from its sheer size. Alaska has more than twice the area of Texas, and is rimmed by more coastline than all of the other states combined. No wonder the Aleutian people named it “the Great Land.” MountMcKinley — the tallest peak in North America, at more than 20,000 feet — looms over Denali National ... READ MORE