United States

Fort Frederick: A Star of a Fort

Fort Frederick: A Star of a Fort

We were home visiting with family recently and my niece told us how she was taking a trip to Fort Frederick State Park with her class. The field trip got the wheels in my head turning, remembering back to my trip to there in grade school. I only remember the size of the old stone fort and […]

Tekko 2017

Tekko 2017

Spring is finally here in Pittsburgh (even though it snowed — a lot — on opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the fans froze in the stands). At the same time, fans of a different kind flooded the warm hallways of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and made me stand up and take […]

Transfer Day Centennial

Transfer Day Centennial

100 years ago on March 31, 1917, the United States got a whole lot closer to paradise when they bought three islands from Denmark. The three islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix were purchased for the sum of  $25 million in gold and were incorporated as a US Territory. The USVI is comprised […]

Local’s Getaway: Hull Bay Beach

Local’s Getaway: Hull Bay Beach

Hull Bay Beach is located on the north shore of the island of St. Thomas and is a wonderful place to get away from the crowds of places of Magens Bay or Coki Beach. If you decide to go to this out-of-the way beach you can’t count on a cheap trip via safari bus. You’ve […]

Changes in Paradise

Changes in Paradise

The first time we walked down that dirt path eight years ago and found ourselves on that deserted strip of sand known as Lindquist Beach, we fell in love. We fell in love with the white sand and its crescent shape, as if it were gently holding the clear, calm water in the palm of its […]

Electric Art Outside Our Window

Energy Flow is a public art display by Andrea Polli and Ron Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based turbine manufacturer. We understand that of all the places in Pittsburgh a bridge named for Rachel Carson, an environmentalist who was decades ahead of her time, was the most appropriate. The installation of more than 27,000 multicolored LED […]

We’re Crazy for a Different Kind of Cake

The other day there was a festival in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh (a.k.a. Little Italy). I happen to work in Little Italy, so my walk to and from work was through the crowded festival-filled street. I walked past the various food venders offering all sorts of food: BBQ, Asian fusion, and of course Italian. I […]