Author: Tom Adkinson

A Matter of Perspective

NEW YORK – Look for a good angle. That is sage advice from experienced travel photographers, even if it means lying on your back in the middle of a major city, as this tourist in lower Manhattan is demonstrating as

Dramatic Sky Over Barbados

BARBADOS, West Indies – A dramatic Caribbean sky seems to recall when Charles Fort helped protect this British outpost in the era of exploration and colonization. Charles Fort, built in 1650, actually predates the creation of the Kingdom of Great

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2019, American Style

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — 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 know the proper way to put a pig to its

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‘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 “Peggy Sue,” Ritchie Valens’ “Donna” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Feb. 3 is the

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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 bridge in North America built just for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Citing the bridge’s

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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’, seldom ventures more than about six miles from his dock at the Ocean Springs Marine Mart in Ocean Springs.

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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 put on a good show, too. Here are five ways to enjoy the outdoors just a few miles

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Fans of Barbecue Understand This

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — True fans of barbecue understand the message on this T-shirt without thinking twice or having their thoughts wander off into places they shouldn’t go. We’re talking delicately smoked, flavorful pulled pork butt here. In this case, the

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 Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. Winemaker Andrew Wenzl says the grapes throughout the 77-acre vineyard were harvested

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 difficult for some because Mumm’s bulldozers are a heavyweight attraction in

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