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McConnell’s Mill

I spent Thanksgiving in Youngstown OH, and about 45 minutes away in Pennsylvania  is McConnell’s Mill State Park.  It’s a wonderful park with great hiking for families.  Not terribly difficult, but miles of accessible trails that is easy enough for the kids and old people like me.  However, there’s lots rocks and such to climb around […]

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Fancy Weekend

One of my jobs is obviously to be a man about town, and as such I spend a lot of time with People & Parties columnist Megan Venable, who was featured in my last blog.  I take photos for her and in return she says things, “Ew. I’m burping garlic and chocolate cake.”  This past […]

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Chicken Pot Pie

It’s time to play some Dean Martin and do some cooking, because that’s my cooking music.  On the menu is my hero Alton Brown’s Chicken Pot Pie.  The recipe courtesy of Food Network is great but I’ve made a few modifications just for fun.  I had some some leftover chicken breast thanks to a spontaneous […]

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Kelley McRae Show

It was a great night at Boyd’s Jig & Reel. The mac & cheese is a must, as is “Tennessee Shines;” a somewhat local music show produced by WDVX (which is coincidentally one of the coolest radio stations in the country).  On this particular evening Kelley McRae was the featured artist, who I was only slightly familiar with. She and […]

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Chicago’s Ledge

I was in my old stomping ground of Chicago and went up in the Sears Tower.  I know it is now the Willis Tower, but it’s the Sears Tower.  I took my intern, who was traveling with me, and she was excited to be in America’s tallest building.  It was in the middle of the […]

Somewhere about halfway down, we had a great sky, great light, just long enough to take my my mind of the pain.

That Time in the Grand Canyon

It was about two weeks after I got home from a sixth month deployment in Africa. While on that tour, I obtained a backcountry permit for a night in the Grand Canyon next to the Colorado River.  If you didn’t know that’s at the bottom.  I was in the best shape of my life, working out everyday […]