Exited seagull at Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Exited seagull at Carolina Beach, North Carolina

rolling hills of west virginia

rolling hills of west virginia

Thomas Jefferson's monogram on his private cemetery gate, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.

Thomas Jefferson's monogram on his private cemetery gate, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.

Block Island Ferry Port

Block Island Ferry Port

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San Diego was only the prelude

The largest classical music institution in the U.S. faces financial trouble

The struggle at San Diego Opera may have been only the prelude to a much bigger fight at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. There have been several articles regarding the deficits at the Met. The budget ...

Venice has grit

(Venice Beach, that is.)

A shirtless hippie with long, flowing hair and an orange tan gives me a wink as he floats by on his bicycle. After a few minutes, a large man carrying a CD player and headphones ...

Will NFL neglect welfare of birds?

With all its glass, the new Vikings stadium will kill them

The American Bird Conservancy has asked the National Football League to modify plans for the soon-to-be-built Minnesota Vikings stadium. It will feature large expanses of glass that will kill thousands of birds over time, says ...

With cruel glee

Ensor in his own cranky temperament

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor explores the art of the Great Distruber.

Lake George, NY: Upstate tranquility

I opened my eyes and peeled my head from the pillow, waking to a lush wilderness of massive maples and juniper pines. “The city” was a mere 220 miles away, but the silence and serenity ...

Cole Valley, San Francisco

Visiting the Haight? Check out nearby Cole Valley.

Several months ago Kay and I enjoyed several days in Haight-Ashbury – prior to my fortuitous discovery of nearby Cole Valley. We had been kicking back at the no-frills, creaky Red Victorian Hotel on bustling ...

How much did they pay you to move to Texas?

Recreation-software-maker Active Network going to Dallas

Active Network, which makes recreational software for golf courses, camps, and the like, announced today (July 3) that it is moving its headquarters from Sorrento Valley to Dallas, Texas. In a news release, Texas officials ...

Dangerous convict, gardener, or both?

Roughly 17% of apprehended illegal border crossers have criminal convictions

Of the more than 20,000 people apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego in the first eight months of this fiscal year, 3321 of them had a total of 6329 criminal convictions for ...

Fredericksburg, VA: America's most historic city

Civil War tours, a presidential heritage, distilleries and much more.

The Interstate 95 (aka I-95) is the main highway on the East Coast, running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean seaboard on a north-south trajectory and serving as the principal artery for cities from Florida to ...

You’re going down, Phoenix Lucha Libre

San Diego restaurant claims copyright infringement

In this corner, hailing from San Diego, adorned in hot pink, black, and light blue, we have Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop. And in this corner, hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, also wearing hot pink, black, ...

Black and stopped in Utah

Speeding San Diegan subjected to drug search can sue

In a dispute that has been dragging on for six years, a judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday, June 20, that San Diegan Sherida Felder can go ahead with a racial-profiling ...

Immigrant flights from Texas to San Diego canceled

Local border agents prepare during reprieve of overflow plan

Hours after U.S. Border Patrol San Diego sector chief Paul Beeson confirmed that planes carrying illegal immigrants to San Diego from Texas would begin Monday, June 23, the chief learned the flights had been canceled. ...

Sixty miles to El Capitan Reservoir and back

East County standouts on this 4-5 hour cycling trip.

I recently had a nice, cool day off for a leisurely and minimally hilly bike ride that doesn't involve the super-flat Mission Bay or San Diego Bay. Where else to go but to follow the ...

Big Bend Country, Texas

Exploring one of the least-visited national parks in West Texas.

Big Bend is a massive national park that most outside of Texas have heard little about. The whole West Texas area that bends into Mexico, between El Paso and San Antonio, is often called “Big ...

L.A. foodie binge

Culinary crawl in the City of Angels.

Why break bread in the City of Angels? Wade into a mixology oasis, devour seared red meat and make your way through a parade of Asian delights? Eat, pray and love. Nah, I just love ...

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