Category Archives: Travel

ISLANDS

The falcon women in my life were born on islands: my wife, Oahu, in the hospital known for Pearl Harbor, my mother Long Island of the hurricanes, one grandmother, the policeman’s daughter, Staten Island, the other Sicily, where Aetna rocked … Continue reading

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A NOTE ON ALASKA

As the daytime temperature remains above 100 degrees, I walk the city streets thinking of lakes and woodlands.  Especially lately, I’ve been remembering Alaska. The wildness of Alaska always captured my imagination.  As a lad of eleven, I hoped that … Continue reading

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NYC SPRING 2019

I’ve come to consider New York City trips as including stops in the Hudson Valley.  The Hudson Valley is a particularly rich area.  Rich in history, and handsome in topography.  It seems to have almost as much history as the … Continue reading

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TO THE EMERALD ISLE

At the end of his book on Ireland, written in the 1970’s, Leon Uris commented that the Irish have no future. Sometime after that, I visited Ireland for the first time.  It was 1998, and the island was under the … Continue reading

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THE HUDSON VALLEY

When the hotels of Manhattan become too expensive a few years back, my wife and I started staying in New Jersey.  The Garden State had its virtues, but the trek between North Bergen and Manhattan was a challenge. We then … Continue reading

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HOTEL RITUALS

Over the centuries, hotels have gone by many names.  In ancient times, when people parked their horses at nearby stables, they were known as inns.  Inns probably weren’t the most attractive places, although travelers, no doubt, glad to have places … Continue reading

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ACTORS AND ARTISTS

My father was not an artist, but he understood artists and athletes.  He knew athletes from playing sports in his youth, and remaining a football and basketball fan the remainder of his life.  He knew that college football players were … Continue reading

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BACK TO HAWAII

Five years after going to Hawaii, my wife and I took another vacation there.  We returned to the islands of Oahu and Maui. Some changes had occurred over the intervening years, the most significant being the weather.  Hawaii, of course, … Continue reading

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AT GREEN LAKES

People tend to believe that the world’s wonders lie in distant places.  There are wonders enough in central New York.  One of my favorites is Green Lakes State Park. Located in the Town of Manlius, about seven miles east of … Continue reading

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NEW YORK VIA THE METRO NORTH

Driving in Jersey Is a frustrating mess. Get lost at ev’ry turn Even with the G.P.S. So have I written in a song.  After a number of driving adventures in New Jersey, my wife and I have recently decided to … Continue reading

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