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MONUMENTAL WASHINGTON

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial cuts into the earth like a grave. On its black granite wall are carved the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died in the nation’s most divisive modern war.

A few steps away, the Lincoln Memorial served as the site of Martin Luther King’s inspiring 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech on racial equality. Forty-five years later, within view of this memorial, an African American was inaugurated president.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLORE (TACA)

Write freelance features for Explore, the airline in-flight magazine of TACA, which connects the major markets of South America and North America through its bases in Central America.

Explored Riviera Maya, then wrote and sourced photos for a 12-page Christmas feature on Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum for the December 2007 issue.

Explored Washington, then wrote and photographed a nine-page family-tourism feature for the July 2010 issue.

 


 

WASHINGTON

Majestic city on the Potomac
is designed to inspire confidence

Washington has been my inspiration, escape, and second home for 35 years. As a kid, Washington sparked my love for architecture and appreciation for great museums. In business, it taught me to wear a blue suit, white shirt, and red tie. During my activist days, the city offered symposia at Georgetown and rallies at the Capitol.

Today I get to share Washington with my son, José, who grew up in Caracas, learned English in Miami, then moved here for his dream job in medical research.

The first time he visited, young José saved the brochure from the Library of Congress on which he wrote: “Voy a vivir en esta ciudad algún día, de verdad estoy enamorado de esta ciudad.”

Download a PDF file of the complete story, Explore 07/2010, feature. Photo above by Jeff Borg.

 


 

CHRISTMAS IN CANCÚN

Intercontinental family abandons tradition
for a holiday reunion on the Mexican Caribbean

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go for another “traditional” Anglo-Venezuelan-Colombian-American Christmas.

The old house will fill with the aromas of holiday feasting. Grandma Jan’s American turkey and Abuelita Elia’s Venezuelan hallacas will invoke generations of diverse family history.

Or, maybe this year we dump tradition and throw a holiday reunion someplace warm, fun, and central for the whole family. Christmas in Cancún!

Download a PDF file of the complete story, Explore 12/2007, feature. Photo above by Jeff Borg.

 

 


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