I have been working as a professional journalist and photographer since 1969 specializing in the arts and travel. I have worked for Public Television (KQED San Francisco), Daily Variety and was for more than 15 years an award-winning staff writer for the Copely Newspapers, the Copley News Service, and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. I am currently a contributing travel writer / photographer for Creators Syndicate and its website creators.com, which distributes its travel package to more than 100 print outlets and online websites throughout the United States and abroad. I am also a contributing writer to the IFWTWA website magazine, Global Writes. My focus has been toward worldwide stories for people 50 and over who love the outdoors, the arts, cruising, excellent food and gracious accommodations— from helicopter hiking in Western Canada to a world music festival in Morocco. I also write about classical music and opera for Media News (the Los Angeles Newspaper Group) and San Francisco Classical Voice.
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Published Articles (28)
The less traveled South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a perfect place to find peace and harmony.
An organic family farm and a National Geographic Five-Star Eco-lodge share a common connection to the land of Costa Rica.
A collection of travel stories written by the contributing writers of Creators Syndicate.
The Mammoth Lakes region of California is an adventure wonderland.
A pampered pooch from LA discovers the call of the wild in the High Sierras.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe’s Plaza and visit Museum Hill.
The beautiful scenic high road to Taos passes through villages as it climbs into the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
The parishes of New Orleans are telling the history of slavery in a whole new way.
Lone Pine California abounds in history and natural wonders— and the movies!
Leave the car and hop on the train for a fabulous getaway to scenic Santa Barbara; relax at a seaside resort, dine on the freshest cuisine, sip wine in the […]
Once upon a time, present day Alberta was a dinosaur paradise. Today it is a great family vacation destination, the real Jurassic Park(s).
A visit to the island of Anguilla including the Moonsplash Reggae Festival.
A winter trip to Sequoia and Yosemite reveals extend of impact by draught and global warming.
What’s a Southern California boy doing in Fairbanks, Alaska in the dead of winter? Checking one off the bucket-list.
There’s a lot to discover in the newly restored historic district of Mazatlan.
A day-hike apart, Yosemite’s High Sierra Camps offer a degree of “luxury” at the end of a long and winding trail.
From the soothing hot spring baths at Sycamore Springs Resort and Spa, to vineyard wine tasting in the Edna Valley, a trip to California’s Central Coast can be very rewarding.
South of Puerto Vallarta, where the “Predator” once roamed, now you can take to the air and scream your way down one of El Eden’s amazing zip lines.
In all of Southern Baja there’s no place quite like Todos Santos, oasis on the ocean. But go soon because it’s about to become the new there there.
There’s a whole other world in the Smokies once you get away from Dollywood.
The clock is ticking down as Vancouver and Whistler British Columbia gear up for the Winter Olympics in February.
We take to “The Mother Road” to explore the remnants and the history along Historic Route 66 between Los Angeles and Williams AZ, including a meal at the Roadkill Cafe!
Taking to the sky in a helicopter offers hikers in Western Canada the chance to go where few have gone before.
Global Writes (10)
What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a perfect day in Yosemite Valley. The sun is blazing, the sky is a robin’s-egg blue, the waterfalls are gushing, trees are flowering, visitors are bicycling in short sleeves, frogs are croaking and the park’s famous bears are making their presence felt. So what’s […]
The post California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park appeared first on Global-Writes.com.
Every year thousands of visitors to Alberta, Canada, motor west from Calgary into the Rocky Mountains, heading for the high-profile destinations of Banff and Lake Louise. After traveling for 50 miles along the Trans-Canada Highway into the scenic splendor of the Bow River Valley, they come to the off-ramp for […]
“The Gulf and Gulf ports have always been unfriendly to colonization. Again and again attempts were made before a settlement would stick. Humans are not much wanted on the peninsula.” From The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck, 1941. From the bridge of the Safari Endeavour the […]
“I think we’ll be OK,” said Dave (on-board chief of libations), as our two-story float, “The Duke,” with its massive figurehead of John Wayne, took its place in line for the annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport, La. “That is,” he added, skeptically looking up at the […]
Before his untimely death in a construction accident at the age of 61, sculptor, designer and recycler-supreme Bob Cassilly was to St. Louis, Mo., what the fantastical architect Antonio Gaudi was to the city of Barcelona, Spain. Cassilly’s civic sculptures of whimsical creatures cavort in a variety of public spaces […]
On July 17, 1897, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a banner headline proclaiming “Gold! Gold! Gold!” and reporting that 68 men fresh from Alaska had arrived in town loaded down with “stacks of yellow metal.” The rush was on! They called themselves “stampeders” — those hearty men and women who found […]
The titans of American banking and industry may have created the transcontinental railroads, but it took an enterprising Englishman named Fred Harvey to turn cross-country rail travel into a pleasurable experience. Through his contract with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, Harvey not only provided travelers with excellent food and […]
The post Winslow, Arizona: There’s More to Do Than Just Standin’ on a Corner appeared first on Global-Writes.com.
The strangely festive mood that pervaded the Berber-style tent camp bivouac on the beach at Oum Labouir was strained by the knowledge that barely two miles away, rioters were battling in the streets of the small peninsula city of Dakhla on the southwestern coast of Morocco. Details of what was […]
The post Goin’ to Surf City, Moroccan Style: Or Fiddling While Dakhla Burns! appeared first on Global-Writes.com.
Most people have probably never even heard of the high-desert city of Ouarzazate (home of the Atlas Film Studios) or the ancient fortress of Ait Benhaddou or the lush green palm oasis of Fint, but directors such as Ridley Scott (“Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven”), Martin Scorsese (“The Last Temptation […]
Between bloody drug wars, an epidemic of swine flu and the collapse of the economy, Mexico's tourism industry has been experiencing tough times — especially in Northern Mexico, where tourism has fallen as much as 60 percent. The state of Chihuahua…