Traveling with Witches

traveling with witches

It’s a good thing that the law has evolved a bit since the 1600s given my penchant for visiting shamans, inquiring about witches, and talking directly to higher powers without any male or priestly intercession. In May 1647, the first…

Midwives of the Revolution

midwives of the revolution

To the ever-growing list of things I don’t remember about American history is that Maine was once part of Massachusetts. One thing I do know about American history is that I am surely not hardy enough to have endured during…

Dizzy Spell

A dizzying ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

This ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. reminds me of three-year-olds twirling themselves to dizziness and then collapsing on the ground in laughter. Why do we go to such great heights to drive ourselves dizzy? When does…

Mothers and Marys around the Planet: Red Square

Mother's Day on her mind? A visitor contemplates an image of Mary and Jesus in St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Some images are universal: here, Mary and Jesus depicted in St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow. The art of Christianity unites Russians with others here in Red Square. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Considering a trip to Russia, with or without your mother?…

Depressed in Paris?

Think it's impossible to be depressed in Paris? Michael Caine's character in the film 'Last Love' proves the City of Light isn't inspiring everyone.

There are some places on the planet where gloom just doesn’t settle: Key West, Fla.; New Orleans; Paris. Does anyone visiting these destinations ever have a bad time? How could they? So it is surprising to watch a film about…