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A Tasty Slice of “Tibetan Peach Pie”


If you want to read a book that will put a smile on your face and have you chuckling throughout, then serve yourself up a hearty and tasty slice of Tibetan Peach Pie by author Tom Robbins. Subtitled A True Account … Continue reading

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Driving and striving to survive a broken ‘Merica


I will never, ever look at a recreational vehicle, van, motor home, or campground the same way again. Not since reading Jessica Bruder’s engrossing, informative, and heartbreaking new book entitled Nomadland. I have long imagined, envied, and eagerly anticipated my … Continue reading

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Is the glamour of domestic air travel all but lost?


 Interesting question in the post title, which for a lot of people is probably true unless the fly on a luxury airline, internationally, or in first class. This is the question posed by author Christopher Schaberg in his new book, entitled … Continue reading

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“The Geography of Genius” – an atlas of exceptional creativity


Several years ago I thoroughly enjoyed reading Eric Weiner’s book entitled The Geography of Bliss. As an urban planning professional and geography geek, I was hooked just by the subject matter. So, when I saw that he had released a … Continue reading

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Bringing equality in the sky – “The Powder Puff Derby of 1929”


This excellent book by author Gene Nora Jessen chronicles the first Women’s National Air Race. Starting in Santa Monica, California, these 19 female aviation pioneers raced to Cleveland, Ohio a mere two months before the Stock Market Crash and the … Continue reading

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Soaring into aviation history aboard the Southern Cross


Those of us who grow up in the United States tend to get taught a largely American-centric view of world history. Not to say that is bad or that the same thing doesn’t happen elsewhere, but given our diverse, melting … Continue reading

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Tripping along the Hippie Trail


Yes folks, there is such a thing as the Hippie Trail. It is/was the overland route between Europe and South Asia in the 1960s and 1970s that lead those seeking spiritual and recreational enlightenment to places like Nepal and India. Travel … Continue reading

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Alternate avenues in the search for “America”


While reading Dennis McNally’s thoroughly comprehensive, engrossing, and ultimately tragic biography of Jack Kerouac’s life, entitled Desolate Angel, I began thinking about the varied life paths taken by children from the same era. For example, my father and Beat Generation author … Continue reading

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A cultural atlas of the Beat Generation


One of the most fascinating aspects of 20th Century United States cultural history was the development of the Beat Generation shortly after World War II.  While prominent for less than 20 years, the literary, musical, poetic, cultural, and philosophical icons … Continue reading

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“On The Road” observations from the King of the Beats


While reading the classic Jack Kerouac autobiographical novel, On The Road, I was struck by his interesting reflections about the various urban and natural landscapes he observed.  These were made while he was zooming back and forth across the nation’s … Continue reading

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