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Desert Kingdom

With the political upheavals in the Middle East, it’s understandable that North Americans express concern about traveling to the region. But Jordan’s relevance to current affairs, as well as its fabulous archaeological sites, natural beauty, opportunities for adventure and friendly people make the country a safe, must-visit destination.

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Performing Arts
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Spanish Impressionism

We’ve always been inspired by the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. After all, what’s not to like about Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit or Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeux or Reflets dans L’eau. Or the lesser-known Debussy masterpieces like the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp and Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano.

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Technology & Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law states, in general terms, that improvements to digital electronic devices increase at exponential rates—in other words, fast. Alas, with the speed of technological innovation these days, everything seems both simple—and more complicated!

For example, the line between still and video cameras has blurred, making the decision as to what camera to buy even more…Continue Reading

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From Fire and Clay

Our interest in ceramics has led us to collect, not only North Carolina pottery, but also ceramics worldwide that have influenced the North Carolina tradition—works, for example, from England, Japan, China, Vietnam, Africa and Australia.One of the best galleries…Continue Reading

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Tropical Cocktail

Panorama of Cartagena. © 2009 Charles & Mary Love

Since we discovered Cartagena, Colombia several years ago, we’ve been enthusiastically sharing information about this charming colonial port on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

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