Category: United States

Santa Rosa’s Charles M. Schulz Museum: Good for Grownups?

The world's most famous beagle and his doghouse at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. Happiness is a warm puppy named Snoopy. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Happiness Is … a Visit to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Rest of the Peanuts Gang Although it has been a long, long time since I read a Peanuts cartoon or cracked open my personal copy of Happiness Is a…

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What to do at Manhattan’s Bowling Green

There is plenty of Alexander Hamilton to see in lower Manhattan. Here, an image of the Trinity Church graveyard where Hamilton is buried. The statue depicts a judge, not Hamilton. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Seeing New York City One Subway Stop at a Time From my catalogue of good ideas is the notion of exploring a city one subway stop at a time. This approach works well with a city in which you happen…

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Where to Brush by the Revolution

I haven’t visited any places specifically to learn about the War of Independence, but I have stumbled upon little reminders at a few places. Seeing little bits of the past brings history alive for me. I know I learned about…

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Visiting the Revolution through Books

American history keeps coming to me as I travel in the northeastern United States. I realize that, as a political science major, I learned more about the French and the Russian revolutions than the one had here at home. French…

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Dining Before the Revolution in Kingston

The Brawny Sherpa and I toodle around upstate New York with no specific plan in mind. Just enjoying a seasonal drive, stopping where we like at whim, doing so much of nothing, we get hungry. We are fortunate to stumble…

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Revolution in Ridgefield

The tombstone of William Lee, who served in the Revolutionary War, and died in September 1776 at the age of 23. Ridgefield, Conn. cemetery. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I stand in Mapleshade Cemetery in Ridgefield, Conn. and look at the grave of Corporal William Lee and see that he died in September 1776 while serving during the Revolutionary War. He died at the age of 23 without ever…

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Danbury: Revolution, Hats, and a Rosy Tomorrow

A reminder to observe your world, no matter how close to home you are traveling: How many times do I walk into Rosy Tomorrow’s restaurant in Danbury, Conn. without noticing a sign posted outside? I have multiple opportunities to learn…

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On a Clear Day, You Can See Chicago

A sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Chicago is the sort of place you visit for a limited purpose, to see an exhibit at the Art Institute, to tag along on a companion’s business trip, to attend the Blues Festival, to shop the Magnificent Mile. In short,…

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Stasis in Sculpture

Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

David Stands, but Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Rocks As much as I love Michelangelo’s David (that stone! that body!), it’s a work of art that’s made to be adored. And indeed it is. David just stands there, commanding…

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Madison Square Convenience

Venue Tourism: Selecting New York City's Stewart Hotel for its convenience to Madison Square Garden. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Manhattan Hotel near the Garden Staying overnight in the city so the Brawny Sherpa and one of the youthful adventurers can attend a hockey game, we book a stay at the Stewart Hotel sheerly for its location. Sited less…

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