The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen #PhippsHoliday

The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen #PhippsHoliday

An unlikely pre-game activity warmed us up in all kinds of ways Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Led by our gallant host, we left the loud, brash world of football behind for a little while and took in the Phipps Winter Flower Show at the Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens. The contrast could not have been more profound. [...]

Why I applied to be the @NYTimes #52PlacesToGo #Travel Reporter

Why I applied to be the @NYTimes #52PlacesToGo #Travel Reporter

I love everything about traveling, except the laundry. I once trekked through five airports in one day (though my luggage did not) and I still left the last one smiling. The whoosh of takeoff always gives me a thrill and those thick-paned plane windows yield some of my favorite views -- the sunrise's slow stretch, [...]

Finding Fall

Finding Fall

Sometimes, Fall kicks open the front door of Wisconsin and announces itself boldly. "I'm here and, baby, I'm gorgeous." Other years, it sneaks through the back hallway and whispers quietly behind a half-filled dance card. "I'm here and I'm just going to rest on this bench a while and wait for you to notice me." [...]