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New Orleans, Louisiana

It had been nearly a decade since I last visited New Orleans, Louisiana, but fate smiled upon me this month when the Excellence in Journalism Conference held its annual meetings there. Conference travel is a different beast; I’m obligated to attend sessions and meetings so I can bring some new ideas and best practices back to … Continue reading

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Texas: Fredericksburg and Austin

There was a sense of urgency about this Texas trip: it would be my last for a little while. At the end of July, I packed up and moved back to my home state of Alabama to take a new job at the University of North Alabama. I had been talking about taking a trip … Continue reading

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Visiting Harvard University

While visiting Boston, it was imperative that I wander around the grounds of Harvard University in nearby Cambridge. I spent the first couple of months of my life living on a university campus, and I’ve spent just about my entire career working for four different universities, so colleges and universities are almost always on my … Continue reading

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Boston: Ships and Asian Art

I enjoy touring historical sites and museums when I travel, so I couldn’t pass up seeing “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution. The ship is currently in dry dock and closed to tours, but it was still impressive. Both the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young are on display in the Charlestown Navy Yard. I … Continue reading

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Boston: Bunker Hill

It’s very likely that my first knowledge about the Battle of Bunker Hill came via Schoolhouse Rock’s Shot Heard Round the World (the Bunker Hill part starts at the 1:00 mark). So it was with great anticipation that I ventured across Boston to visit the Bunker Hill Monument. If you watched the Schoolhouse Rock video (or, ahem, actually … Continue reading