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Americana, Diners and the Doobie Brothers

BOOK REVIEW Garrison Leykam,  Postcards from the Highway of Life You really can’t go wrong with a book that has an introduction from The Doobie Brothers, can you?  In this nostalgic excursion through American culture, Garrison Leykam remembers eating at diners as a child but as an adult, too, and he digs into some of the deeper history and personality of these diners that he calls “these stainless steel and neon hunger-satiating havens of our American architectural and social...

65 Things To Do When You Retire – TRAVEL!

BOOK REVIEW OF 65 Things to Do When You Retire 65 Intrepid Travel Writers and Experts Reveal Fun Places and New Horizons to Explore in Your Retirement by Mark Evan Chimsky, Sellers Publishing, Inc. The world abounds with how-to books that often become relegated to a box in storage, never to really be used, but Mark Evan Chimsky’s 65 Things to Do When You Retire might earn top shelf space in your house and spark a fire in you to...

My Faroe Islands Adventure

I DECIDED TO VISIT THE FAROE ISLANDS. My favorite vacation was a few years ago to Iceland where I motorcycled across an otherworldly landscape of boiling spring water and volcanic rock.  I blasted around on a glacier on a snowmobile and rode little Icelandic horses. But I hadn’t had a real adventure since then.  Arizona and Canada don’t count as real adventures, unless you get caught in an avalanche or slip into a crevasse and have to cut your...

Travel Europe… Again

LOOKING FOR NEW IN ALL THE OLD PLACES— At this stage in your life, perhaps you’ve been to Europe many times.  You’ve seen all the requisite sites and returned home with wonderful memories.  Yet Europe calls to you again, but with many other places on your list yet unseen, do you really want to return again?  Indulge that yearning by experiencing Europe in a new way that’s appropriate for your life today.  As Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451,...

The Woolworth Building “Cathedral of Commerce”

By Donna Giachetti— When it opened in 1913, the Woolworth Building (233 Broadway, New York City) was hailed by architectural critics as an engineering marvel.  It soared 792 feet high into the lower Manhattan skyline, making it the tallest building in the world at that time.  The awe-inspiring structure was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert who, over the course of his career, was responsible for the design of many iconic structures including the United States Supreme Court Building....

Discover the Bellarmine Art Museum

by Rosemary Cass ~ Perched on a hilltop of the Fairfield University campus sits a mansion with fabulous views, all the way to Long Island Sound. The Bellarmine Art Museum of Fairfield University opened in October, 2010, and to date, has attracted over 7,000 external visitors, excluding students and faculty of the university. In the 1920s, Bellarmine Hall was a private residence owned by Walter Lashar, a wealthy industrialist in Bridgeport. The current museum space in the basement housed...

The Art of Constructing a Season

MARK LAMOS DESCRIBES THE PROCESS by Rosemary Cass ~ To say that I had lunch with Mark Lamos is perhaps a bit of a stretch. His flight arrived late and he was eating his turkey chili as we spoke, before leaving for an event with the governor. A man with a lot on his plate — no pun intended — he could not have been more gracious. He makes it onto my list of the nicest and most interesting...

Philip Johnson Glass House of New Canaan, CT

When you walk the grounds of the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, a magical experience transports you. After you leave, you want to go back again. Henry Urbach, the new director, says it “gets under your skin.” The 47-acre site, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, opened to the public in 2007. It consists of a set of buildings that include the original structure, the Glass House, designed and built by Philip Johnson as...