From long-suffering city to emerging queer playground, Newark progresses toward LGBT inclusivity.
Newark, New Jersey, has a checkered past. From the crippling race riots in 1967, to the shady dealings of former Mayor Sharpe James and last fall’s headline-making crime wave, Brick City’s less than stellar reputation is well-known and very well documented.
But spend some time in New Jersey’s largest city, and you’ll see that amid the urban revitalization (there’s a Whole Foods market slated to open in the heart of downtown in 2016 — as sure a sign as any that gentrification is in full swing), there’s also a community of energetic LGBT leaders […]
My wife, Melissa, and I are graduate students in a small town in Southern Illinois. We don’t get a lot of time off during the school year, but when we do, we love to venture out of our rural area. Of course, we could drive or fly to new, fun destinations, but we’re lucky to live smack dab in the middle of a major Amtrak line. When our fourth wedding anniversary was approaching, we decided to celebrate with a romantic trip to New Orleans. New Orleans is about 600 miles from our home, and the perfect opportunity to take the famous City of New […]
In a world that moves ever faster, it’s a luxury to get lost in your thoughts, to lean against a window and watch evergreens blend and blur as they pass. There is a meditative quality in making your way along narrow paths, taking note of dappled sunlight on rock or smudges of color from wildflowers.
You can learn a lot in these moments — about the world around you, about yourself and about the person with whom you’re traveling.
My partner, Luisa, and I discovered this early in our relationship. We had already been together, in Minneapolis, for four years when we received an invitation to […]
The other day, I got a text from a friend with a travel emergency. I thought she might need advice about where to stay or dine during an upcoming romantic trip to New Orleans with her new girlfriend. But her problem turned out to be much more interpersonal.
“Help!” she said. “Can you believe she is planning to check her luggage?!”
I know my Carry-On Only friend well enough to recognize this potential crisis. Travel brings us together, but also shines a light on personality differences. Packing incompatibility is often one of those differences.
Some people love to bring piles of wardrobe options and all […]
My father and grandfather loved Civil War history, and since I was raised near a battlefield on the Tennessee–Georgia border, you can imagine how many Saturday afternoons I spent re-tracing troop movements through wet grass when I really just wanted to master Duck Hunt.
Twenty-five years later, though, I realize what that battlefield taught me. It taught me to assume the importance of the Civil War and the people who fought it — to take as a given that their lives and deeds deserve to be remembered.
That’s what historical sites do. When we preserve something with a museum or monument, or even a plaque near […]