Helping You Be Contemporary in a Traditional Way

Like me, New York Times columnist David Brooks recently saw the new documentary about Fred Rogers, “Won’t you Be My Neighbor”. And like me and so many others, he was moved. The movie, as Brooks summarized it, demonstrates how Rogers’s children’s show got started and how he used it over 30 years to teach and […]

“It’s the First Shtetl You’ll Come to On the Left” read the words. These words could have been travel instructions from a century or two ago in Russia, Lithuania or Poland. Or perhaps lines from a Shalom Alechem story – the type that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Instead, they are printed directions I am […]

We recently shared with you some words and thoughts about Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America, by James and Deborah Fallows. It chronicles their trips to 49 communities around America over a 4 year time period. They stopped at places large (Pittsburgh, Louisville, Fresno ) and small (Eastport, Maine; Ajo, […]

As one travels to or from Massachusetts on I-84, there is a sign that could easily be missed. It is a simple yellow one beckoning travelers to slow down and stop in. It reads “Traveler Food and Books”. The place (Traveler Restaurant) is pretty nondescript from the outside. But inside it is a very unique […]

We’ve been at this for a while now – chronicling the offbeat off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten. We have gone from sharing places with you to helping empower individuals, communities and those who support smart (community) narratives – i.e. our Journeys into Hidden America (Canada). The trek has been an uneven one – […]

It’s late Summer soon to be Fall – time to hit the road and explore. When heading on a journey of exploration in places previously unknown, I especially enjoy the opportunity to try get acquainted with my new surroundings and get a feeling for what makes a place distinctive. For me it all starts with […]

One of the great success stories of the last few years has been the High Line, the re-vitilization of an old train line running through the west side of Manhattan. Once an abandoned rusting track bed covered with weeds, the High Line offers lessons of vision and persistence. It is a remarkable story that has […]

The picture above is a classic above us view of centre ice, circa 1960’s, at the Montreal Forum. The iconic logos on either side of the centre ice stripe were props in what was described as “The Cathedral of Hockey”. There was an awe to the place. It may have been because of the reverence, […]