Celebrating Chinese New Year 2019, American Style

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2019, American Style

It is the year of the pig on the Chinese calendar, and that is cause for celebration by pork lovers everywhere, but especially by pork lovers who ...
‘The Day the Music Died’

‘The Day the Music Died’

By Tom Adkinson CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – It’s understandable if you have a curious urge early every February to scout up recordings of Buddy Holly’s ...
It Really Is the Big Dam Bridge

It Really Is the Big Dam Bridge

By Tom Adkinson LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A statement of the obvious earned the Big Dam Bridge its name and helped cement its identity as the longest ...
Fishing Close to Home in Ocean Springs

Fishing Close to Home in Ocean Springs

By Tom Adkinson OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Capt. Steve Perrigin, the one-man band orchestrating a charter boat business called Strictly Fishin’, ...
Meeting Mother Nature in Mississippi

Meeting Mother Nature in Mississippi

By Tom Adkinson GAUTIER, Miss. – While casino showrooms on the Mississippi Gulf Coast deliver excellent entertainment, Mother Nature knows how to ...
Fans of Barbecue Understand This

Fans of Barbecue Understand This

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — True fans of barbecue understand the message on this T-shirt without thinking twice or having their thoughts wander off ...
Autumn at Abacela Vineyard in Southern Oregon

Autumn at Abacela Vineyard in Southern Oregon

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Shades of red and yellow mix with lingering hints of green on the hillsides of the Abacela Winery and Vineyard in Southern ...
Firing Up a Bulldozer in a Las Vegas Sandbox for Adults

Firing Up a Bulldozer in a Las Vegas Sandbox for Adults

By Tom Adkinson LAS VEGAS – Be ready to pass a Breathalyzer test if you want to drive one of Ed Mumm’s bulldozers – which may be a bit ...
I Never Wanted To Visit the 9/11 Memorial

I Never Wanted To Visit the 9/11 Memorial

(A personal note: When Sept. 11 rolls around every year, Americans pause to remember and reflect on that date in 2001. Here’s what goes through my ...
Fish Tales and Life Stories on Lake Pontchartrain

Fish Tales and Life Stories on Lake Pontchartrain

ON LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, La. – It’s one thing to have a fishing guide who puts you on fish. It’s an entirely different thing to have a fishing ...
‘Please Tell Me Another Story’

‘Please Tell Me Another Story’

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The South honed the art of storytelling – whether it was at the dinner table, on the front porch, around a campfire ...
Trading Providence for Venice

Trading Providence for Venice

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You don’t have to leave the U.S. to get a ride in a genuine Venetian gondola (serenade included). Two of the three ...
Chocolate Gravy? It Makes Perfect Sense in Arkansas

Chocolate Gravy? It Makes Perfect Sense in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Some foods just sound logical. Consider roast pork, apple pie, ripe tomatoes, and sweet corn. But chocolate gravy? If ...
Bogart, Hepburn, the African Queen — and You

Bogart, Hepburn, the African Queen — and You

KEY LARGO, Fla. — The African Queen, the actual boat from the movie of the same name, has been resurrected. The putt-putt-puttering ...
Watch, don’t feed, bears in the Smoky Mountains

Watch, don’t feed, bears in the Smoky Mountains

With the possible exception of trout fishermen obsessing over salmonoids , virtually everyone considers the American black bear to be the symbol of ...
Old Spice: 150 Years of Tabasco Zing

Old Spice: 150 Years of Tabasco Zing

AVERY ISLAND, La. – This spot in Louisiana Cajun country is famous the world over for little bottles of a spicy red sauce. Of course, it’s ...
Dining with Melvin in Huntsville, barbecue style

Dining with Melvin in Huntsville, barbecue style

  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Melvin’s Place of BBQ isn’t somewhere you’d take a first date – unless your date knows how to appreciate the ...
Ava Gardner: Small-town Girl Goes Hollywood

Ava Gardner: Small-town Girl Goes Hollywood

SMITHFIELD, N.C. – Expectations for small-town museums often are understandably low, but expect to be impressed at the Ava Gardner Museum in ...
Kentucky, the Original ‘Land of Lincoln’

Kentucky, the Original ‘Land of Lincoln’

HODGENVILLE, Ky. – Illinois calls itself the “Land of Lincoln,” but Kentucky is where Abraham Lincoln was born. There’s no escaping that ...

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