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Rails to Trails and Brand New Windmills

testingRails to Trails and Brand New Windmills

In some ways the scenery of America pales to the personalities. The woman at the Niagara Falls power plant who could explain science better than anyone I’ve ever met. The little boy at the ice cream counter spinning around on a stool who boldly declared “I love ice cream!” My Maryland cousin, the avid biker […]

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6 Dud Destinations ~ Save Yourself; You haven’t been Disappointed Yet!

testing6 Dud Destinations ~ Save Yourself; You haven’t been Disappointed Yet!

Sure, sure, everyone’s a winner in life but that ain’t so when it comes to tourist spots. Perhaps the fact that I seek out the odd and off-the-beaten-path destines me for a few duds. In case you’re as delightful as I am when hot and disappointed, let me spare you the time of going to […]

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Wishing for a Secret Decoder Ring: Deciphering the Cryptologic Museum

testingWishing for a Secret Decoder Ring: Deciphering the Cryptologic Museum

Seriously, I NEEDED a secret decoder ring; a remedial exhibit; a dunce cap. I didn’t understand anything at the National Cryptologic Museum until a late-teens son said, “Here Mom, I’ll explain this Nazi encrypter to you.” My supersonic hearing engaged and I dashed over from another side of the museum, eager for someone to explain […]

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Did You Know that Pinball was once Considered Gambling?!

testingDid You Know that Pinball was once Considered Gambling?!

It’s the classic story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hanging out with the wrong crowd. Running with scissors. Pinball machines were in bars and stores – no surprise there. What else was there? Gambling games. (Those rascals) Pinball was respected as a game of skill: your ability to pull the […]

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I Fell in Love…at the Wildfowl Art Museum

testingI Fell in Love…at the Wildfowl Art Museum

What started as a joke turned out to be stunning. Not stunning like in the aftermath-of-a-stun-gun, but stunning-magnificent. Stunning-surprising. But it isn’t a joke to them. The folks at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Maryland take their exhibit and craft very seriously. I went because I thought it was funny that there’s a […]

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