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I've been a writer and editor for 30 years, adapting to the constant changes in communications along the way. Web page? Brochure? Book? Article? Yeah, I can do that.

April 18, 2014 2:37 am

Walking the Way of the Cross

Walking the Way of the Cross

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Via-Dolorosa-Way-of-the-crossL

Simple markers recall Jesus’ walk through Jerusalem on the way to Calvary. (Photo courtesy ChristianHolyLand.com)

Via_Dolorosa_1mapIt was just 4 a.m. when the tour group climbed aboard their bus at the hotel. This would be a solemn day in Jerusalem, the day they were walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, through the streets of the old city. Two of the tourists, pilgrims really, were my sisters and their…

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April 15, 2014 2:36 am

Holy Land retreat in D.C.

Holy Land retreat in D.C.

St. Francis of Assisi overlooks the cloister that leads to the church at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C.
St. Francis of Assisi overlooks the cloister that leads to the church at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C.

St. Francis of Assisi overlooks the portico that leads to the church at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C.

Climb the steps to the altar recalling the Crucifixion and you've climbed the height of the hill at Calvary.

Climb the steps to the altar recalling the Crucifixion and you’ve climbed the height of the hill at Calvary.

For Christians around the world, this is Holy Week, a time to ponder the mysteries of salvation. Throngs will descend on the Holy Land to walk the way of the cross, see…

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April 10, 2014 2:19 am

TIPSY TOURIST: Good Libations Tour

TIPSY TOURIST: Good Libations Tour

Kent County's tourism folks came up with a five site tour designed to put visitors in good spirits.
Kent County's tourism folks came up with a five site tour designed to put visitors in good spirits.

Kent County’s tourism folks came up with a five site tour designed to put visitors in good spirits. Despite the groovy mini-bus logo, it’s a do-it-yourself tour.

You'll taste beers at Fordham and Dominion's tasting room that you can't get anywhere else.

You’ll taste beers at Fordham and Dominion’s tasting room that you can’t get anywhere else.

You’ll need a map. And you might need a couple of days. And come thirsty.

Kent County, Delaware, has organized a new tour for visitors. You can…

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April 8, 2014 2:58 am

Now this is public transportation

Now this is public transportation

Cable cars aren't the only way to get around San Francisco but they are the most fun.
Cable cars aren't the only way to get around San Francisco but they are the most fun.

Cable cars aren’t the only way to get around San Francisco but they are the most fun.

Hop on and hand the conductor $6 — although there are passes for multiple trips, too.

Hand the conductor $6 — there are passes for multiple trips, too.

I could spend a day on San Francisco’s cable cars.

For six bucks, this unique mode of public transporation offers so much. Grab an outside seat or hang on one of the poles to tour some of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods. Or hop on to get…

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April 3, 2014 2:39 am

TIPSY TOURIST: Mispillion River Brewing

TIPSY TOURIST: Mispillion River Brewing

From anywhere in Mispillion River Brewing's tasting room, you can get a good look at all the future beers fermenting away.
From anywhere in Mispillion River Brewing's tasting room, you can get a good look at all the future beers fermenting away.

From anywhere in Mispillion River Brewing’s tasting room, you can get a good look at all the future beers fermenting away.

Samples arrive on a cheat sheet to remind you what you ordered with a few facts about the beer.

Samples arrive on a cheat sheet to remind you what you ordered with a few facts about the beer.

Mispillion River Brewing, housed in an industrial park in Milford Delaware, hardly looks like it just opened. The comfortable tasting room had a good crowd the Saturday afternoon…

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April 1, 2014 2:26 am

A year of escaping, a year of reconnecting

A year of escaping, a year of reconnecting

Betsy Patterson Bonaparte's motto sounds like a traveler's.
FredCovered

I like simple trips. In Frederick County, we drove through the countryside to see covered bridges before buying apples at a roadside orchard stand and stopping for lunch.

For 52 weeks now, I’ve written about getting away from it all — if only for a day.

Escape is my theme. How to get away from the daily routine, the humdrum, the stressful, the very cold and the very hot. So I looked for places to…

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March 27, 2014 2:05 am

TIPSY TOURIST: Painted Stave Distilling

TIPSY TOURIST: Painted Stave Distilling

Painted Stave glasses waiting to be filled with the distillery's Silver Screen vodka or Candy Manor gin.
Painted Stave glasses waiting to be filled with the distillery's Silver Screen vodka or Candy Manor gin.

Painted Stave glasses waiting to be filled with Silver Screen vodka or Candy Manor gin.

Painted Stave's towering still looks like a piece of modern art to me.

Painted Stave’s towering still looks like a piece of modern art to me.

It’s okay to make wine or brew beer in your basement. But as the co-owner of Painted Stave Distilling told our tour group, if you set up a still and make vodka or other hard liquor, you could be looking at jail time.

So I found it amazing…

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March 25, 2014 2:45 am

Pretzels, potato chips and cheese curls! Oh my!

Pretzels, potato chips and cheese curls! Oh my!

Herr's Snack Foods Visitor's Center is only open on weekdays — and closes early on Friday/
Herr's Snack Foods Visitor's Center is only open on weekdays — and closes early on Friday/

Herr’s Snack Foods Visitor’s Center is only open on weekdays — and closes early on Fridays.

Hot now. Potato chips fresh from the fryer.

Hot now. Potato chips fresh from the fryer.

When you’re handed a pile of hot, salty potato chips, you remember it. That’s how the tour at Herr’s Foods ends. I’d never had a fresh potato chip straight from the factory fryer. And, oh my! If I didn’t love potato chips before, I did at that moment.

Herr’s Foods

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March 20, 2014 2:26 am

TIPSY TOURIST: Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company

TIPSY TOURIST: Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company

Fordham and Dominion have their brewery in Dover.
Fordham and Dominion have their brewery in Dover.

Fordham and Dominion have their brewery in Dover.

Cherry Blossom lager takes center stage — for a brief moment.

Cherry Blossom lager takes center stage — for a brief moment.

Cherry was all the rage when I arrived at Fordham & Dominion‘s brewpub in Dover on a cold Friday afternoon. It was release day for their seasonal Cherry Blossom — and it was clearly a crowd favorite.

But is it a girly beer, I asked the manly man standing next to me with a pint of the…

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March 18, 2014 2:59 am

Chocolate…Wilbur Buds…Mmmmm!

Chocolate…Wilbur Buds…Mmmmm!

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WilburBuds

You can get Wilbur’s buds in little boxes and pound bags, milk chocolate and semi-sweet.

The candy store and museum are on the bottom floor of the candy factory. You'll hear all the noise from all that chocolate magic going on above you.

The candy store and museum are on the bottom floor of the candy factory. You’ll hear all the noise from all that chocolate magic going on above you.

When you love chocolate, the idea of visiting a chocolate factory sounds like heaven. I still remember my childhood visit to Hershey’s chocolate factory (when it…

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