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Why My Daughter's Middle Name is Vienna

An ode to the city and its opera.

When people find out that my daughter’s middle name is Vienna, the first question is inevitably some variation of, “Oooh, you didn’t name her after that mean chick from the Bachelor, did you??” So, no. ...

Prague: A Vampire, a Sunset and an Electrocution

It was our second night in Prague, and the Old City shops were closing early and making me angry. Mark, my husband, and I were delayed by my dives into shops whose proprietors had not ...

Cabins, Karaoke and Snow Pain in Wrightwood

Giving the mountains a second chance.

Wrightwood, CA, is a ski town just 1–10 hours away from L.A., depending on traffic. Mark and I were excited for our fully stocked rented weekend cabin. It belonged to a friend’s soon-to-be ex-wife. We ...

Don't Pet the Sharks in Oahu

If you're in Oahu and seen enough scary people in panda suits waiting for you to give them money so they can lunge at your face, why not try a shark cage tour? There is ...

Coronado is haunted

Across the bay, tales of the paranormal at the Hotel Del and Loews resort.

“You see that too, right?” Lacey held her wine glass at half-mast, staring at the steps leading from the Hotel Del Coronado to the Pacific Ocean. We were outdoors at Babcock & Story, the Del’s ...

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La JOLLA CALIFORNIA

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The Salk Institute

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Cave at OB's Sunset Cliffs.

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Fall in Upstate NY

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Pre 9/11. NYC.

A Discovery: Prague's Josefov

Remainders of the Holocaust in one of Europe's iconic cities.

“Josefov.” The center of Jewish influence in Prague. A few other temples are scattered around the oldest part of the city, but Josefov is the vortex of Prague’s Jewish past. It was this name of ...

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Buffalo Girl Hiking in Hana

bvamp Jan. 31, 2013 @ 7:08 p.m.

Great mental images, especially if you've been there. It is quite a rush when you look down and can't see bottom but can see a barracuda that could fit between the bars and sharks all around. What a memory!

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