Feeling My Age at the Newseum

by Gray Cargill on December 17, 2014

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The Newseum’s tagline is “There’s More to Every Story.” As an English Lit major, writer, and story-lover, I really, really like this tagline. The longer I live, the more I realize how true it is–in fiction, in nonfiction, and in our own lives. No matter how objective a newspaper or news show might try to be, every story that is told has been edited by someone for multiple reasons–for length, for clarity, sometimes even to fit a certain political agenda.

At the Newseum, you quickly realize that “there’s more to every story” is about so much more than whether or not what we’re seeing in the news is reality, propaganda, or just a means for some corporation to make money. You wouldn’t know it by watching a certain news network (that shall remain nameless because I don’t need the legal hassle), but there are still journalists who go into the field not because they want to spew hate and fear and whip the public into a divisive frenzy, but because they care about the truth and are willing to risk their lives to expose the truth to the public. Check out the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum, where you can read the stories of journalists who were killed by snipers, kidnapped and murdered, bludgeoned and left to die outside their own homes–all in pursuit of a story. The truth often comes at a terrible cost. …Keep Reading!

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A Visit to The Library of Congress

December 3, 2014
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When does a visit to the library not have anything to do with checking out books? When it’s the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In fact, I may have to give back my diplomas as an English Lit major, because I wasn’t at all interested in the book collections at the Library of Congress–I […]

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Random Thoughts on Washington, DC

November 5, 2014
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Would you believe that although I’ve traveled to cities all over North America and Europe, before last week, I’d only ever spent one single rainy Saturday in my own nation’s capitol? That fact struck me earlier this year. How is that possible? I thought. Washington is only a 1.5 hour flight from Burlington. You’d think […]

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Thoughts on a Solo Staycation

October 15, 2014
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When the term “staycation” was first coined several years ago, I despised it. It was too cutesie and the concept baffled me. Who would want to take a vacation and not go anywhere, when you could travel and see the world instead? What kind of madness is that? Of course, there are reasons people might […]

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Nomadic Chick Sparks a Creative Revolution

October 1, 2014
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This week’s interview is for the women out there who are writers or would-be writers. If you feel you have a powerful piece of writing inside of you, that you yearn to bring to life but you haven’t been able to make it happen, read on. Don’t worry, there is a travel component to this, […]

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Reintroducing: The SoloFriendly Burlington, VT Pages

September 17, 2014
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Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time probably know that when I’m not traveling solo, I make my home in the Burlington, VT area. I am passionate about this town, because I’ve had the past 24 years to get to know it and discover all its fabulous qualities. So I […]

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A Circle Island Tour of Oahu

September 3, 2014
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Because I tend not to rent a car when I travel, day tours are a great way for me to get outside a city and see more of a region, as well as interact with other human beings. (As a solo traveler, it’s nice to have that built-in social time.) On Oahu, you can book […]

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A Hilton With a Vermont Twist

August 27, 2014
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Burlington, Vermont is a great place to live for a variety of reasons. But if you can’t tolerate our six months of winter every year, it’s also a great place to visit. If you’re going to visit Burlington, I’ve always felt there’s only one place you should stay: Downtown, in the heart of the action. […]

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Fear: Friend or Foe of the Solo Traveler?

August 6, 2014
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Don’t you just hate being afraid of things? Fear can be so limiting. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn how to be completely fearless? Er, not so fast. Yes, fear is our foe when it paralyzes us and keeps us from doing things we want to do. But fear can also be a […]

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