Small but Sweet

Oh, New Hampshire, why have you forsaken me? All I want to do is love you and be happy in your confines, yet this year you seem to have it out for me. Thrice this year I’ve visited and thrice you chuckle while slapping me with gloomy, rainy weather. Aw fine, I can’t stay mad…

North Cemetery Portsmouth

Blowin’ in the Wind

A destination that compels visitors to return again and again is a rare treasure. For me, those places tend to be big cities like New York or Paris that offer miles and miles of seemingly endless exploration. You can imagine my surprise then, when Portsmouth, New Hampshire weaseled its way onto my “must go again” list.…

Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Old Dog, New Tricks

Abu Dhabi. When you hear the word you might think desert. Or maybe you have no mental picture because it’s such an obscure destination for most Americans. I challenge you to think “architecture” when you hear the name. You’ve heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but I believe the Emiratis…

Horse-drawn carriage

Fudge, Nature and Poop

Imagine you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend in a quaint Midwestern town that prides itself on keeping with traditions. It’s hard to get to because it’s an island in the middle of the straits separating Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and motorized vehicles have been banned since 1898. To you, this means the kind of peace that only…