Saturday, May 27, 2017

Holyoke, Massachusetts

With a grid of streets and an elaborate canal system, Holyoke was one of the country's first planned industrial towns. Along its canals arose prospering paper and textile mills. Deindustrialization came to Holyoke decades ago, and the old factories are now becoming condos, apartments, and shopping centers. [2013]

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dumas, Texas, USA

Step No. 3 for Project Graduation ~ Distribution. Driving by the Moore County courthouse? Pull over, buy dinner in a bag, and feel good about supporting Project Graduation. The main course is a hamburger, fresh off the grill. Funds raised support one final party for the graduating class at Dumas High School. It's coming up soon. [2017]

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dumas, Texas, USA

Step No. 2 for Project Graduation ~ Assembly. As part of Project Graduation, hamburgers fly off the grill and into a brown bag, where they join some chips and a cookie. It all takes place in front of the Moore County Court House. The whole community gets involved, even the County Judge. Fund-raising can also be fun-raising. [2017]

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dumas, Texas, USA

Step No. 1 for Project Graduation ~ Production. Dumas is famous for taking care of its high school graduates. The post-commencement blast is a gift from the community, but that doesn't mean it's free. Fund-raisers take place throughout the year. This one offers an evening meal, highlighted by hamburgers, for only $5. [2017]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Panama City, Panama

Define contiguous: "being in contact, touching." Contiguous they are: sharing a boundary and a backpack. Define lovebirds: "an openly affectionate couple." Lovebirds they are, but maybe not at this moment. He looks adoringly into her eyes; she looks unknowingly into her cell phone. [2017]

Monday, May 22, 2017

Havana, Cuba

The Caribbean is so floridus, florido, flowery. Perhpas the whole region should be renamed Florida. Instead, the Carib Indians give their name to the region, and another indigenous people, the Taino, gave us a word that became Cuba, which means 'land of abundance.' [2014]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Palm Beach, Aruba

Bo por papia papiamento? If you do, you know the word dushi. Here it is used to tell buyers that the bagels are really good. It may be just the word you need to describe the eatery's yarn bomb. If you can say dushi, you can speak Papiamento, the native tongue of Aruba. Bon dia! [2017]