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Anne Leonard


My love affair with summer

The hardest part of living in Houston was summer. Not only is the season on the Texas Gulf Coast miserable beyond description, but I’d spent the first part of my life in places were summer was loved not hated. On the summer front, I never fully made the transition to “southerner.” Prior to buying a…

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Land of Entrapment

In 2016 when I spent my first summer in New Mexico, I planned on eventually exploring other corners of the West. Well, I was warned this is the Land of Entrapment, which is the local’s spin on the official state motto: Land of Enchantment. Consider me now officially among the trapped and loving every moment…

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The Hermitage

Add Andrew Jackson to the list of presidential sites I’ve visited (libraries, homes, etc.). As my brother once said, if they put up a sign in the woods saying Lincoln took a leak here we’d have to go see it. That was years ago after a brutal trip through the backwoods of Kentucky to what…

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Leaving Nashville

Nashville is the number one tourist destination in the U.S. Or so my Uber driver told me this morning on the way to the airport. It wasn’t the first time I heard it on this five-day trip and I did not see anything that led me to believe otherwise. The crowds on Broadway were daunting.…

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