(1848 – Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California.) Once or twice a year, I used to road trip with friends from Los Angeles to Las Vegas – and two things would invariably happen. First, I wouldn’t get rich playing the slots and would have to road trip straight back to work.  And second, […]

Happy, um, Half St. Patrick’s Day! That’s right!  In about six months, the Chicago River will flow bright green again, a parade will bubble through the streets of Boston, and my favorite local pub will temporarily charge a cover.  Erin go Bragh! Alright, so I’m not that keen on the cover charge thing – but I […]

It’s known as the Emerald Isle! A land of lush green countryside, brimming with character and magic that can cast such a potent spell, it beckons us to return there as home even when we’ve never once been –  And, if we may, we follow. I’ve had the good fortune to visit Ireland on half […]

So before the summer comes to an end, I’m turning things over to a great authority (perhaps the greatest, in my unbiased opinion) to expound a bit on a classic summertime activity.  That activity would be fishing – and that authority is my dad! I’m sharing here some of the angling chapter from the delightful […]

Often when I arrive someplace in my travels, I find I’ve packed a pretty fair number of expectations and preconceived notions along with my socks and sundries.  Once in a while though, a destination slips beneath both my general knowledge and my trip planning radars, and I set out with no real idea of what’s […]

Summertime is here!  That glorious season when we get to indulge in our favorite vacation pastimes!  In recent years, I’ve gotten to revive what was once a cherished summer tradition: I’m gonna go camping! According to Mum, I’ve been roughing it pretty much all my life – although the same was far from true for […]

Well, no – I’m not actually turning five.  (That happened, uh, rather a long time ago…)  But it was five years ago that I embarked on a journey like none I’d taken before – I started Tesserology! Now, given that I can’t even keep a house plant alive for five years, this is a major […]