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FAMILY-STYLE DINING

WHEN I say “family-style,” I’m not just talking about food “like mom used to make.” I mean classic eating establishments where everyone is served communal meals at shared tables. It’s … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

LESS, BUT BETTER

THE NAME Dieter Rams was unfamiliar to me before I read an item in Style Magazine T of The New York Times, September 26, 2014. It turns out, though, that … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

LLOYD STEARMAN, WICHITA AIRMAN

THIS TITLE may sound as though I’m channeling a Glen Campbell song, but indeed I’m celebrating an aviation great who played a role in earning Wichita, Kansas, the title “Air … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING SIR HARRY FLASHMAN

IN THESE complex days of heroes and antiheroes, it’s fun to celebrate a downright scoundrel. Not just any downright scoundrel, but Sir Harry Paget Flashman, VC KCB KCIE. Sir Harry … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

DARL’MAT SPÉCIAL SPORT ROADSTER

EMILE DARL’MAT apprenticed with French aviation pioneer Clément Ader and, thus, could have been an aircraft builder. But, instead, Darl’Mat chose automobiles. He started in 1923 with an auto repair … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

THE TRAIPSING ROCKS OF RACETRACK PLAYA

A MYSTERY for more than 70 years has been solved: What prompts rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds, to move across Racetrack Playa of Death Valley? Racetrack Playa is a … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

REAL FOLK

THERE WAS a time, not that long ago if you’re “of a certain age,” when folk music was all the rage. And when I say “folk music,” I mean the … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment
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