The Fourth of July in Pin Point, Georgia

July 3, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

For the descendants of former slaves, who had had the rare good fortune to remain an intact community from the time before freedom came to the early years of the 21st century, family closeness can be a celebration in itself.

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Patriotism at Its Best: Memorial Day in Orient, New York

May 25, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

In Orient, it is the citizens themselves who march—not bystanders, but celebrants in a quiet (except for the sirens) ritual. That it continues with so little change has everything to do, I believe, with an emphasis on remembrance and participation.

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Spring Breaks Out in Portland, Oregon

May 12, 2015 by C.A. Carrington

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By C.A. Carrington

C.A. Carrington, our Portland Correspondent, answers our Invitation urging writers to render spring in their part of the country.

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OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . .

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett

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By Tish Jett

When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: Philly in Bloom

April 9, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

On the arrival of the first warm days of spring, Rittenhouse Square, the poshest piece of real estate in the city, turns into a beach as office workers and students spread out blankets and strip down to, well, their tattoos.

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Miami Off the Beach

March 15, 2015 by Karen Weiner Escalera

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By Karen Weiner Escalera

The virtues of Miami off the beach: book fairs, garden tours, the Miami City Ballet, the Cleveland Orchestra, art-cinema houses, film festivals, literary societies, world-class museums, theater, great shopping for designer clothes and jewelry . . . who knew?

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Crossroads: “Nice Was Nice, but . . .”

February 12, 2015 by Susan Lapinski

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My friends and I could barely keep our footing as we trudged from the rock festival to the train station in defeat. I must have looked particularly soaked and sad, because a brown-eyed man in pink corduroy jeans stepped out of the crowd, smiled, and silently offered me an orange. That was Michel.

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I Climbed a Mountain: The Good, the Bad, and the ‘Oh My Goodness!’

October 28, 2014 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Can something be awesome and horrible at the same time? Apparently, because that’s what this was for me. I really hated the climbing part; it was much, much tougher than many of us imagined it would be. But it was more awesome than it was horrible.

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Postcard from Crete

September 23, 2014 by Jerolyn Morrison

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By Jerolyn Morrison

The chefs’ challenge: choose from a list of ingredients from the Minoan culture of the Cretan Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1000 B.C.), then use a ceramic Minoan-style globular-shaped, tripod cooking pot to prepare food over a hearth fire.

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September in Savannah

August 26, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson

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By Susan B. Johnson

Thirty-three years ago, after two years spent living on a sailboat, my husband and I decided to head home. But where was that? Fred needed ocean, I needed warmth, and we both needed jobs. Neither of us remembers why we decided on Savannah, Georgia (est. 1733), but it turned out to be the right choice.

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The World According to Weber: the Thrill of Seeing

August 5, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

At the “Thrill of Seeing” exhibition: Look at the Miró-esque palette, the soft edges, in the Albers! Note the Albers-ish geometric riff on the right in the Miró! Can it be that these two beauties were created an ocean away from each other, three and a half decades apart? Zowie!

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Why We Love Houston

August 2, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

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By Susan Lieberman

Maybe Texans are needlessly prideful, but Houston’s can-do energy, along with its amazing variety of people, places, and restaurants, is stimulating and exciting.

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Fourth of July in Philadelphia: “We Own This”

July 4, 2014 by Suzanne Fluhr

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By Suzanne Fluhr

Philadelphia doesn’t celebrate on the Fourth of July only; we celebrate from June 28 through July 8. As the city where the Declaration of Independence was actually debated, written, and signed in 1776, Philadelphians feel understandably proprietary about American Independence Day. In announcing plans for Philadelphia’s 2014 celebration of the Fourth of July, Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter, asserted, “This is Philadelphia. We own this.”

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July 4 in Marblehead, Massachusetts: A Little Town with Big History

July 3, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

This town takes the celebration of the Fourth very seriously. Marblehead’s contribution to our winning the American Revolution was significant. In 1775, the town formed the 14th Continental Regiment, made up of seamen. It was Marblehead men who rowed Washington across the Delaware to the Battle of Trenton.

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Summer in the City: Seattle—Shangri-La

July 1, 2014 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Outdoors, over the water and through the often woodsy parks, to music and festivals, happy hours on the sidewalks, outdoor art, crafts, parades and celebrations citywide. It’s Summer in the City as you will not find it elsewhere. Who knew?

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