First, let me get this out of the way: I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel to many places but, as of this writing, Ireland is absolutely my number one holiday choice. That may color my enthusiasm of this article.

When you think of Greece, your mind immediately takes a story-book detour. Images of famous philosophers wandering along sandy beaches, making worldly observations, isn’t far from the truth – in some places.

Long considered the last enclave of the “old Hollywood” getaway culture, Palm Springs is a relatively short drive from Los Angeles. I used to say it was two hours from my West Hollywood apartment to having a cocktail poolside in Palm Springs.

Once upon a time, I never thought about visiting Alaska, then opportunity knocked twice in one year. First, my father-in-law decided that he had always wanted to take an Alaskan cruise, and then, the company I was working for at the time was sponsoring a racer in the Iditarod, and I got to go help in the preparation for that race.

2015 marks a celebration five decades in the making as Philadelphia observes the 50th Anniversary of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Movement. Commemorative exhibitions at major institutions and a moving re-enactment of the original Fourth of July demonstration honor the milestone year.


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