Author Archives: Traveler

About Traveler

"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.”

Santa sits alone

Black Friday was over. The initial surge of shoppers had subsided and had now moved on to another channel to satisfy the craving to distract and spend. But the flurry of shoppers continued to and fro, up and down escalators, … Continue reading

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Reading is a form of travel.

I have not traveled much recently, but I have read.  Here is my take on the novel “The Executioner’s Song” by Norman Mailer, a book I have wanted to read for a long time and finally did between August and … Continue reading

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Church cemetery

As a kid I watched the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows daily and, like many, was obsessed with Barnabas Collins, the resident Gentleman Vampire. In this video, actor Jonathan Frid, known for his role as Barnabas Collins, narrates verse in … Continue reading

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Merry Go Round

Few things represent summertime better than amusement park rides, and one of the staples of every amusement park is the carousel — commonly referred to as the “merry-go-round.” One summer evening a couple of months ago, I took a ride … Continue reading

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Listening to a book isn’t reading it.

Remember story time? I don’t either.  But as a grownup, I’ve come to appreciate the value of being read stories to. When it comes to the effects on the brain, though, I’d guess that listening to a story being read … Continue reading

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Face plant

Sometimes, the distance between a pleasant moment and an utter nightmare is just a few feet and a millisecond.  This is what happened to me on a recent Saturday night while out walking my dog. Encouraged by me, the dog … Continue reading

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Smarties

I’ve always liked college towns. A recent trip to Boston brought to mind this line in a scene from the movie (often referred to as the “mockumentary”) “This is Spinal Tap,” where Tap keeps having their gigs cancelled in city … Continue reading

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