They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright

Between the late night before and the day’s cold weather, my mother, sister and I got a slow start on Saturday morning.  My sister and I had already decided to forego the tour of the Statue of Liberty that had been scheduled in favor of a few extra hours of sleep and of keeping our mother company. When we finally […]

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on Ma Head

I didn’t mention previously that, in preparation for this trip–during which I expected to present publicly, I’d gone to the trouble having my hair done just before I left Iowa.  I also didn’t mention that the TSA had pulled my bottle of styling mousse out of my carry-on bag because the bottle was too big to make it through inspection. […]

Headin’ to New York

I reached the Cedar Rapids airport on Thursday morning.  Most memorable about the drive was seeing two different semis stuck in the highway median and a third badly damaged from where it had gone into a ditch on the side of the highway.  They served as a reminder of the severity of the storm that had whipped it way through […]

New York, New York…

Now, this is the kind of trip I like, a combination of business and pleasure. First, business.  I’m scheduled to present during the Harry T. Burleigh’s Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George’s Church on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.  The address is 4 Rutherford Place, New York City.  The program is free and open to the public.  […]

Three Days in Dubuque–Day Three

Busy day started with a stop at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It seems that I missed much of the gardens, but the trees, shrubs and various decorations were enjoyable to view along the way. Back uptown, I found the Shot Tower a little bit off the beaten path.  The building’s original purpose was literally to make shot during […]

Three Days in Dubuque–Day Two

Even though I hadn’t asked for a wake-up call, I was highly motivated to check out of the room early.  Got some breakfast and did a little shopping before heading to my primary objective for this trip: the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.  It was just after noon, but the museum was already full of families.  Disappointed but really […]

Three Days in Dubuque–Day One

On Thursday morning, it suddenly hit me that the Labor Day weekend was approaching, and I REALLY didn’t want to spend it in Grinnell.  The answer:  a one-tank trip.  Relatively inexpensive and not too far away. I decided on Dubuque because my previous visits there had all been for conferences with no time to play tourist and because it was […]

The Home Stretch

I got the early start I’d hoped for that Sunday morning.  There were only two stops in Little Rock: the historic Central High School, site of the first effort by nine African American students to attend the all-white school 59 years ago, and the President William Clinton Library.  I still had a ten-hour drive home and had some hope of […]

Ghosts of Oak Alley Plantation

During my short drive through Vacherie, Louisiana, on Saturday morning, I wasn’t paying much attention to the green stalks rising from the roadside fields at first because I see so much corn growing  in Iowa, I’d assumed this was more of the same.  Then I noticed that their appearance was all wrong and guessed that this was, instead, a sugar […]

A Three-Hour Tour,…

(Really, the trip’s only 45 minutes each way, but you get the point of the title–I hope–and if you don’t, you should watch more 60’s television.) Friday was thankfully another glorious day, this one in Gulfport, Mississippi.  And I appreciated this because I’m traveling in an area that can get some very fierce storms at times. As Gulfport is, well, […]