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Winter Break in Chicago

Last time we were in Chicago we stopped by the Palmer House just to have a look. This time we stayed there. The hotel was built as a gift from businessman Potter Palmer to his new young bride Bertha. Thirteen […]

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Last time we were in Chicago we stopped by the Palmer House just to have a look. This time we stayed there. The hotel was built as a gift from businessman Potter Palmer to his new young bride Bertha. Thirteen […]

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My first trip to Moscow

The Soviet Union came to an end in August of 1991 with a Coup d’Etat in Moscow. My husband, Nicholas, was working there at the time as a freelance

DC day tripping: Returning for some fun and history

I moved from Washington DC to St Paul, Minnesota almost exactly a year ago. Last weekend I found myself back in the District to visit friends and attend an

The Gems of Rice Park

Rice Park takes up a city block in downtown St Paul. Minnesota. On one side is Landmark Center, the old Federal Building where the FBI had a regional office

My year in South America

When I was 15, my family moved to Bogota, Colombia. That first summer my parents and I took a trip to the coast by car. My father was a

First American Woman on Top of the World

I met Fran Yarbro when I was 17 and she was 15. We were both on the varsity volleyball team at The American School in Switzerland. We spent two hours

Defeat of Jesse James

Every year the townspeople of Norhtfield, Minnesota re-enact a robbery that took place in 1876. Cole Younger and his brothers Bob and Jim along with Jesse and Frank James and

James J. Hill’s house is something worth seeing

James J Hill was born in Canada in 1838. After working in the shipping business in St. Paul on the Mississippi River for 20 years, he, along with some other

Angels in Berlin

Last week I went to see the German film Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders. The film is set in Berlin in 1987, and is mostly in black

Road Trip to the North Woods

My son and I recently took a trip to Stout's Island in Northern Wisconsin. Along the way we stopped briefly at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota which

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