Engaging with Art

A visit to an art museum is a very personal experience. Art speaks to us in different ways, and...

Olé! Spain's Unique Brandy Region

Just one taste of Spanish brandy—and I was smitten. A few years ago I attended Tales of the Cocktail...

Helping Those with Eating Disorders

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by an eating disorder. It could be your sibling, spouse...

Cooking Healthy Food - Pt. 1

Processed food contains chemicals. Even vegetables and fruits have wax and other preservatives. It’s...

Kicking the Sugar Habit

“Want fries with that?” Walk into a Subway, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, diner, deli, or cafeteria for l...

Primland: The Spirit of the Mountains

Southwest Virginia may seem like a strange place to take a tour of the universe, but here I am in a ...

The Heart and Soul of Seville

As sultry guitar music plays, the lights dim and two flamenco dancers appear on stage—a man and a wo...

The Passion of New Orleans

The first time I met Grace was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina. She worked for the New Orle...

Enjoy This Month's Articles

Engaging with Art

A visit to an art museum is a very personal experience. Art speaks to us in different ways, and no one interprets a work of art the same way. We rarely think ab... Read more

Olé! Spain's Unique Brandy Region

Just one taste of Spanish brandy—and I was smitten. A few years ago I attended Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, an annual gathering that celebrates cocktails an... Read more

Helping Those with Eating Disorders

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by an eating disorder. It could be your sibling, spouse, coworker, friend, or child. Family and friends can make a huge ... Read more

Cooking Healthy Food - Pt. 1

Processed food contains chemicals. Even vegetables and fruits have wax and other preservatives. It’s healthy to cook food and vegetables with special care to minimiz... Read more

Kicking the Sugar Habit

“Want fries with that?” Walk into a Subway, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, diner, deli, or cafeteria for lunch and you’re bound to be presented with the same choices: a sa... Read more

Primland: The Spirit of the Mountains

Southwest Virginia may seem like a strange place to take a tour of the universe, but here I am in a darkened room with a roof that opens up to the night sky and a te... Read more

The Heart and Soul of Seville

As sultry guitar music plays, the lights dim and two flamenco dancers appear on stage—a man and a woman. For the next hour, my husband, Peter, and I are enthralled b... Read more

The Passion of New Orleans

The first time I met Grace was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina. She worked for the New Orleans tourism department and was guiding a few travel writers on a ... Read more

Wintergreen: Virginia's Mountain Paradis…

I’m hiking along a trail at Wintergreen Resort and Spa with my friend, Angela, and we hear a rustle in the bushes. “Do you think it’s a bear?” I ask. We’ve been see... Read more

Retreat to Salamander Resort and Spa

Whiskey and I are alone inside the round pen, also known as the “think tank,” which will serve as the setting for my Equi-Spective Experience at Salamander Resort an... Read more

Wisconsin: Passionate & Proud

I’m standing waist high in a bog full of floating, bobbing red cranberries. Luckily, the waders I’m wearing keep me dry, but I’m tempted to dive into the bog and swi... Read more

California Memories

I am dancing to the sultry sounds of salsa. A handsome man clutches me close, and I wrap my leg around him as I lean back, way back. Above me the stars are begi... Read more

The Spirit of Gdansk

“This place is a secret,” our tour guide, Izabella, tells us. “Not many tourists know about it.” We climb a grassy hill and behold an amazing view of the historic po... Read more

Dutch Journey to the Past

With a giant puff of smoke and the screeching sound of metal on metal, the steam train lurches from the station in Hoorn, a cozy city an hour north of Amsterdam, and... Read more

Ann Arbor: Pure Passion

On a recent trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, I learned to kayak down cascading water. I watched a performance by a small theatre company that moved me to the core. I lea... Read more

On a Roll: Berlin by Bike

Berlin is on a roll. The German capital has blossomed into a city for bicyclists, a healthy alternative to das auto or public transportation. Recently, Peter, our so... Read more

At Home in Shangrila

Shangrila. The word evokes paradise, a mysterious far-away place where everyone lives forever in a permanent state of bliss. They say it’s beautiful, harmonious, and... Read more

FloydFest: A Musical Journey

I peek through the window of my tent and see  it’s morning. Ross, my 17-year-old, lies under a nearby tree, wrapped up in his sleeping bag, sound asleep. Not fa... Read more

Foodie Weekend in D.C.

Traveling wakes up the senses, and what better way to explore tastes, smells, and textures than dining on international cuisine? Fortunately, you don’t have to jet h... Read more

Time Well Spent at Virginia State Parks

Here amid unspoiled wilderness, the sound of the wind whistling through the treetops is all you hear, and scented pine forests keep you company. Peace prevails, and ... Read more

Summer in the Rockies - Pt. 2

A palpable sense of energy surrounds Colorado’s capital region. Here where the Great Plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin, an avalanche avalanche of momentum see... Read more

Summer in the Rockies

Imagine a perfect summer day. A gentle wind washes over you as the sun beams down from a cobalt sky. All around you a stunning mountain panorama unfolds—rocky peaks ... Read more

Riding the Rails in Europe

The first time I used a Eurail Pass was in 1982 when I was visiting Europe with my mother on an if-it’s-Tuesday-this-must-be-Belgium whirlwind tour. We arrived in Fr... Read more

Where Dreams Come True: Palm Beach

As the late afternoon drifts downward, Peter and I quickly change into our suits and rush down to the sparkling oceanfront pool. The attendant can see that we’re des... Read more

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