Take a morning walk along the St. John’s River in Sanford, an easy 30-minute drive north of Orlando. On our road trip from Charlotte NC to Miami, the third stop (after Charleston and Savannah) was St. Augustine, Florida. Established in 1565, it’s the oldest continuously settled city in the US.... read more
North America Articles
Title Image: Forsyth Park, Savannah Stop #2 on our road trip: after Charleston came Savannah, an easy few hours along scenic Low Country back roads. Quick: What do Juliette Gordon Low, Johnny Mercer and Paula Deen all have in common?
Title Photo: The Battery – Charleston, South Carolina My friend, Delia, came all the way from Bucharest, Romania to attend the Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel symposium, which I hosted at Duke University on February 10. (More on that event in a later blog.) After that it was:... read more
When all the ceremonies, speeches and marches are over, what’s left? Here’s what I saw on this wet and atmospheric Sunday morning:
For the past 10+ years I’ve owned property in Orlando, Florida. People are often surprised when I tell them how much I like the city. The surprise – which is maybe more like confusion – arises from the fact that downtown Orlando is about 15 miles away from downtown Disney.... read more
Title Image: Food Truck Rodeo, Farmer’s Market, Central Park, Durham NC – even food truck food in Durham is delicious Fifteen years ago Durham did not have a restaurant culture, and the downtown was dead. There was only the now-closed Magnolia Grill, which had opened in 1986 on Ninth Street... read more
Toward the end of September Charlotte, NC captured negative national attention for being the latest city rocked by protests in the wake of the shooting death of an African-American man at the hands of the police. Two days after the incidents I went to Charlotte to visit family, and I... read more
Title Photo: Duke’s West Campus, seen from the dorm quads In April, when I left Durham, North Carolina for my around-the-world trip, I was not expecting to return to Duke University in September and find it one of the more surprising places I’ve been in the past few months. And... read more
(Title photo credit: Morten Brekkevold via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA) I’m in California, the second leg of my trip around the world. My niece, Julia, and her family live in Mill Valley, north of San Francisco. My sister, Carol, and her husband, Phil, live in Carmel Valley, about two and... read more
This week I’m beginning my around-the-world adventure, which will last five months. I hope you’ll enjoy following me as I blog about my travels. As a world traveler I have come to appreciate home in a way I used to take for granted.