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Smooth Traveler: The Black Dispatch: Spying While Black (Part Two)

March 12, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Harriet Tubman statue   (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon  African Americans served as spies during the American Revolution with the belief that their service would prove the loyalty of the people, improve their condition and for the ever present promises of freedom. However, the status of African Americans largely did…

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Let Trends Guide Your 2020 Travel

March 11, 2020

FAMILY FEATURES While there’s plenty to be said for taking the proverbial road less traveled, fellow tourists can provide a wealth of knowledge to help shape a vacation filled with lifelong memories.  Whether you expect your travel plans for 2020 to take you near or far, having a pulse on how and where others enjoy…

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Smooth Traveler: The Black Dispatch: Spying While Black (Part One)

March 6, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: White House of the Confederacy (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “They also serve who only stand and wait.”  — John Milton We can all acknowledge the fact that Blacks have played a significant role in United States history, from the Spanish explorers, Estevanico, Pedro Nino and Juan Garrido, to advancements…

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The Wildwoods, NJ bring fun in the sun for everyone

March 6, 2020

The Wildwoods, NJ – The Wildwoods, NJ are bursting with attractions from the beach and boardwalk to amusement parks, events, a bike path, and beyond – making the resort destination one of the best places to visit down the Jersey shore with fun for everyone. Consistently named among the country’s top beaches, the Wildwoods’ beaches…

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Smooth Traveler: Delving into Durham, NC (part two)

February 28, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Mural (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “Hope is a song in a weary throat.”    –Pauli Murray The use of slave labor in North Carolina was, from the outset, a moneymaking proposition. In 1663, eight Lord Proprietors were granted a charter from King Charles II. The “Concessions of 1665” were…

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Smooth Traveler: Delving into Durham, NC (Part One)

February 24, 2020

By Renée S. Gordon Cities are, in their own ways, canvasses that depict the history, culture and dreams of the residents. Stories reflected there are ever changing but the past never really disappears and, if one looks closely enough, one can see traces of earlier times and their ongoing impact.    Durham is a classic…

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Smooth Traveler: Philadelphia’s Colonial Legacy

January 31, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Battle of Germantown re-enactement at Chew House. ( By Renée S. Gordon  Philadelphia was part of a tract of land given to William Penn as partial payment for a debt owed his father by Charles II of England. The wooded area — occupied by the Lenape (also referred to as the Delaware) Indians…

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Smooth Traveler: Small town tales: Short Pump and Ashland, Virginia

January 23, 2020

ABOVE PHOT: Ashland Mural (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon In 1607, a group of 105 people led by John Smith established a permanent Virginia colony, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, at Jamestown on land inhabited by Native Americans. A colony, also established by the Virginia Company, was to become Richmond,…

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