The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer (Nathanael Hevelone/Flickr)

Everybody who hates boats has their reason for hating them. Mine is The Cat. The Hai Xia Hao is a high-speed catamaran that plies the waters between Taiwan and Pingtan Island, off Mainland China. But I knew it before, almost fifteen years ago now, when it was still called The Cat. Back then, it plied […]

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All photos by my friend and Richmond-based photographer Andrew Rolfe. Check out more of his work on Flickr. Late one fall night, some time ago, in a dark dining room in Washington, I had supper with a writer who had recently published an ebullient piece on the food scene in Richmond, Virginia. When he learned […]

Moai, Easter Island (Nicolas de Camaret/Flickr).

Over the summer, I visited Gotland in the Baltic Sea and St. Thomas in the Caribbean. Ever since, I’ve pondered the allure of the small island. In one sense, on a small island, the planet seems tiny, like an entire world and everything you need and want in it could be contained in a few […]

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Earlier this summer, I had the chance to visit Visby, a medieval city on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea off the Swedish mainland, which I write more about in another post this week. Wandering the streets of the old town, I was struck by the beautiful colors of its wooden and plaster […]

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You are on a rock- and sand-covered beach. Behind you, there are trees with hammocks strung up between them and a small seawall. In front of you, there is only endless sea stretching to the sunset. Nearby, there is a grassy plain dotted with flowers centered on a small pond and a colony of ducks. […]

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I’ve never been into antiquing in the traditional sense – classic side tables by old masters, tufted velvet couches, Victorian lighting fixtures, English bone china. But I love antique stores for the bric-à-brac and the curios, for the oddities of yesteryear cluttered into collapsing bookshelves, for the history of the objects’ creation and provenance, for the […]

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I spent most of the first decade of my life in a relatively new development in a then-exurban part of Richmond, Virginia, called Midlothian. Midlothian as a community dates back a couple hundred years and was, for a long time, known for coal mining. If my elementary school teachers told the truth, it was the […]

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