• Meet Booker, A Unique Teen Traveler

    December 15, 2012, Washington, DC: Booker Mitchell calls me shortly after he hops out of a cab on a busy Friday afternoon in New York City. He doesn’t always take a cab, but he had a lot to carry this afternoon leaving school. You see, Booker is not only a true city nomad and National

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  • Grateful

    “I come from a long line of women who open their handbags and take out swatches of upholstery material, colored squares of bathroom tile, seven shades of yellow paint samples, and strips of flowered wallpaper. We love the concept of four walls.” -Frances Mayes November 26, 2012, Washington, DC: This passage from Frances Mayes’ “Under

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  • Miles From Monday: Colorado Chautauqua Association

    October 8, 2012, Boulder, CO: We took a morning drive today through the Colorado Chautauqua Association, some 1,700 miles away from the start of our regular work week. For many here in Boulder, this national historic landmark is a short distance from home and not far from routine: While a weekday might begin with navigating

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  • Golden Days in Steamboat Springs

    October 5, 2012, Steamboat, CO: You know you’re getting close to Steamboat Springs when bright yellow billboards begin to pepper the landscape. Every two minutes or so, another sign for F.M. Light and Sons blurs past, promising travelers Levis and cowboy boots, Stetson hats and Woolrich blankets upon their arrival in town. The store’s advertising is comparable

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  • Miles From Monday: Virginia Vineyards

    September 3, 2012, Washington, DC: There’s not a single stoplight in all of Rappahannock County, Jim tells us as we finish our $4 wine tastings in the barn at Sharp Rock Vineyards. There’s also a zoning law that protects the county from the dreaded sprawl and subdivisions, he explains: Just one new dwelling is permitted on

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  • Miles from Monday: Summer in the Catskills

    August 27, 2012, Washington, DC: I hesitate to say much about the communities in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York. They produce an impressively low rate of return in Google search results and I get the feeling residents like it that way. Those mossy mountain roads and precariously pitched homes and soft patches of light

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  • A Good Place To Write (And To Not)

    August 24, 2012, Upstate New York: I am at my brother and his family’s cabin in the mountains of upstate New York. It’s a big old cabin on a wooded mountaintop where summers are cold and it’s never out-of-season for a fire in the fireplace. It’s a house where gorgeous carpets lay tattered and past their

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  • Miles From One Year Ago…

    In June 2011, I embarked on a year-long project that would bring me back to each of my hometowns to learn more about the places I’d lived. There were many that had shaped me — from Montreal and Toronto to San Francisco and New York — and I wanted to get a good feel for their

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  • Return to Irvington

      “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot June 16, 2012, Irvington, VA: We are back in Irvington for our first anniversary! We are wine tasting at The Dog and Oyster (now

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  • One Year, Ten Photos

    “It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’” -Lawrence Durrell June 15, 2012, Washington, DC: The first entry on this

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  • Miles From Monday: Old Montreal

    May 28, 2012, Washington, DC: It’s on these hot summer nights that arrive unseasonably early in Washington that we romanticize Vieux Montreal. We let our minds travel back down the narrow streets and alleyways in the oldest part of the city and we recall — sweating — what it was like to feel cold there. Downing

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  • Miles From Monday: Perspective on Long Island

    “Even when the east excited me most, even when I was keenly aware of its superiority to the broad, sprawling, swollen towns beyond the Ohio, with their interminable inquisitions which only spared children and the very old -even then it had always for me a quality of distortion. ” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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  • Miles From Monday: Moosehead Lake

    May 14, 2012, Washington, DC: Maine’s Moosehead Lake is somewhere else I’ve been just once, despite how firmly this day there is seared into my memory. That afternoon, we were simply messing around in boats, splashing and swimming in freezing cold water. It was an hour or so before dinner and we’d spent the day canoeing

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  • Miles From Monday: Jackson, Wyoming

    ‘”The Grand”, as it is known to all who have had the pleasure to live under it, or ski beside it, or hike around it, or climb to the top of it, is more than the highest mountain in what many would call the continental United States’ most spectacular range. It is a magnet, a

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  • Just One More Trip

    “I could feel history and geography transforming me, and I fell stupidly in love with travel.” -Brad Newsham, from ‘Take Me With You: A Round-The-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home’ April 26, 2012, Washington, DC: I bought one more plane ticket last night. It’s for the final trip I’ll be making for the purposes of

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  • A Place to Play: Fraser Island

    “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson February 2, 2012, Washington, DC: It happens. We get older. We can’t find the time. We don’t have the money. We get stuck at work and we stop playing. Playgrounds all over the world are lost on us. And then we wake

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  • The Long Way Home

    “What is home if the road that draws you away from it is more familiar, more comforting? Home is what you find when you get there.” -Colleen J. McElroy, A Long Way from St. Louis December 23, 2011, Washington, DC: And so it begins for so many people. This annual trek. This long drive home

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