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Former Ohio reformatory gets new life as historic building

Former Ohio reformatory gets new life as historic building

From our perch on the metal-grated stairway, we can see the five stories of tiny, two-man cells — row upon row of metal bars stretching the length of the enormous East Wing.

Tours of historical ship offer education and ghost stories

Tours of historical ship offer education and ghost stories

Royalty, celebrities, power brokers, heads of state and ghosts.

Indulging in pleasures of Big Sur Coast

Indulging in pleasures of Big Sur Coast

Mushroom ice cream? No way.

On any day of the week, locals and vistors head to Tarpy’s

On any day of the week, locals and vistors head to Tarpy’s

Before us on our table, bedecked with fresh flowers, sits a magnificent Grand Marnier soufflé — airy and sweet-smelling — a delicacy, to be sure. My husband, Jerry, takes a spoonful and his eyes roll.

Carmel is a quaint and gorgeous luxury beach town

Carmel is a quaint and gorgeous luxury beach town

It’s the first week of April and the news is replete with stories of tornadoes, destruction and death in the Midwest and South. But here on the crescent beach of Carmel, the winter sun is mimicking summer and the surf sparkles. Visitors and locals alike are cruising the sand just below the bluffs of the […]

Book yields insights into the experiences of living overseas

Book yields insights into the experiences of living overseas

Barry Frangipane did what a lot of us dream of doing but never have the courage to actually do. He and his wife, Debbie, pulled up stakes, moved to a foreign country and lived there for a year.Then he wrote a book about it.

Touching history: Exhibit features experiences on Titanic

Touching history: Exhibit features experiences on Titanic

I was rescued; my husband wasn’t.That’s what we learned when we reached the end of the newest exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Every visitor to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” receives a replica boarding pass with the name of a real passenger who made the ill-fated voyage in 1912.I became […]

Cruising Newport is a peek into lavish lifestyles

Cruising Newport is a peek into lavish lifestyles

Cruising around the Newport Beach Harbor maze, it’s hard to imagine a time when there were so few homes that the film industry could pass it off as a beach in the South Pacific (“Sands of Iwo Jima”), the banks of the Nile (“Cleopatra”), and the Eastern Shore (“Beaches”). But the non-stop narration of tour […]

Spending a summer-style stay in a cottage in mid-winter

Spending a summer-style stay in a cottage in mid-winter

I know it’s not nice to gloat, but boy, are we tempted.It’s a summer-like Sunday in January and we are sitting on the porch of The Beachcomber restaurant

Plenty to see, do and eat in beautiful Manhattan Beach

Plenty to see, do and eat in beautiful Manhattan Beach

There are few things in life better than a cloudless sky, 72-degrees, a gentle breeze and a wide, white Southern California beach on an off-season weekday. That’s what my friend, Wanda, and I see on a recent Thursday after a 90-minute drive north from North County. We’ve arrived in Manhattan Beach, and checked into the […]