Category Archives: North America

12 reasons to love Seattle (besides the Seahawks)

Think Seattle and you think: Seahawks. Space Needle. Microsoft. Awful weather. Done. That’s what I thought. Then I discovered the Pacific Northwest’s “Emerald City” has loads of sparkle. Just back from visiting and entertaining the idea of buying a little … Continue reading

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Amish rite of spring is plain dirty

Punxsutawney Phil may be a cute guy, but let’s face it — he’s not exactly Al Roker when it comes to spring predictions. (I worked with Al many weather forecasts ago. Lots of fun.) I like the odds better in … Continue reading

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Life, death and voodoo in New Orleans

In New Orleans — where due to a peculiar cultural stew — they live a little differently than everyone else, they also spend eternity differently. You can’t help but notice the cemeteries, a maze of crypts and mausoleums — more works of art … Continue reading

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Miami: A farm where Woodstock meets Crate and Barrel

It’s an urban oasis that very easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. And who would? This cracked gem in a tarnished setting in Miami is overshadowed by glittery neighborhoods like South Beach, Coconut Grove and Aventura. Where everyone … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Planet Lippstone

Happy 2014 from Party Central — New Orleans. My third trip in a month. I say this out of wonder and gratitude that I’ve been able to experience so much. Thanks for following my adventures. Lots more coming your way … Continue reading

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Right out of the movie ‘Witness’

The scene the other day, when I was waiting for an Amtrak train from Lancaster, Pa., to NYC. A vignette more suited to the 1985 movie Witness than Reality, 2013. In reality, the rest of the crowd was like any … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Land of dogs, ghosts and U.S. presidents

One of the staff at The Gaslight Inn, Gettysburg, Pa.  A low-key, elegant oasis in a town once overrun by warring soldiers; and now visitors. If you haven’t heard, Gettysburg is marking the 150th anniversary of the epic Civil War … Continue reading

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Close encounter of the fun kind on NYC subway

You just never know what you’re gonna run into on the NYC subway. (BTW, if you’ve never been, that relic on the right is what you used to need to get on board until fairly recently. Yeah, it was outdated … Continue reading

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This Nu Yawka goes Country in Branson, Missouri

The only thing this Nu Yawka knew about Country was when we moved to Nu Joisey, all our Nu Yawk relatives clucked in pity at our moving to the country. This was practically covered wagon days, when Joisey was really … Continue reading

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Planet Lippstone does Branson, Missouri

OK, you might ask, what’s Nu Yawker Planet Lippstone doing in Branson, Missouri, that Vegas without sin? Actually, having lots of fun. BTW, that’s not some jacket I got at TJMaxx. It’s belong to this guy.  He’s Eric Presley, part … Continue reading

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