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The Perfect Summer Getaway: Chasing Lincoln and Mark Twain. PART II

Original publish date:  August 1, 2019

Hannibal, Missouri is an easy 1 1/2 hour drive west of Springfield, Illinois. Rhonda and I stayed at the Wyndham Best Western on the river, located downtown. 2,061 more words


Updating a Classic

When it comes to American icons, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I love the Statue of Liberty, the Corn Palace, bluegrass, and blue jeans. 1,442 more words


Discover Vermont Roadside Historic Site Markers

Unveiled in 1947 the Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker program has proven an effective way to commemorate “things of significance” in Vermont. Over 250 cast-aluminum green markers, crested with the distinctive gold state seal, are placed throughout Vermont to commemorate diverse topics, including the birthplaces and homes of United States presidents and legislators, Red Sox players, and founders of world-famous organizations like Cadillac, Lincoln, Rotary International, and Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as homes of famous authors and artists the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Pearl S. 21 more words

Pond Mountain Inn

Norman Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' Series

After reading about the El Paso and Dayton tragedies, Trump’s lack of any real empathy for the victims or their families, and the nationwide ICE round-ups, I am emotionally spent. 193 more words


Norman Rockwell

Hi everyone! This week I wanted to talk about a famous American painter and illustrator. His work is well-known to the common American, since it is included in many calendars and was in newspapers during his time. 281 more words

Where Creativity Works

American Pastoral #29

A year and some has passed since my last Pastoral, and in some sense it seems as if nothing has changed, though in truth much has changed.  3,330 more words

Personal Essays

Esmeralda Mata & Miranda Estrada

Our last day in North Texas was short, but still allowed us to see a couple of interesting places that tied into other art, artists and architects we’ve been exposed to during this trip. 510 more words