Mary Clark, Traveler

Tuesdays at 4:50pm and 5:50pm, during All Things Considered

Writing a travel column for the Paris News has brought together my life experiences and my life outlook. After 29 years of practicing law, I was ready for this change and it's been fun. I didn't want to manufacture the usual travel column with a few hotels, restaurants, and sites thrown in (although I'm told that's what most people want). What I wanted was to personalize cultures with stories. These encounters are not limited to foreign countries. The United States is richly diverse and reflective of the world and is a great source for the column. And, interestingly, I consider Paris, Texas itself a microcosm of the world and some stories will reflect that.

My essays are now being read on my new show and podcast, Mary Clark, Traveler, on 88.9 KETR, public radio for Northeast Texas.

Interior of Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, Cuba.
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American writers Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty never met one another, however the two shared many things in common, as Mary Clark discovered during visits to each of their homes.

Mary concludes her series on civil war, civil rights, and Southern charm, with a stop in Mississippi at a historic plantation home.

Civil War era cannon, preserved on Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
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During a recent visit to Mississippi and Georgia, Mary Clark spent time exploring several of the Civil War sites that preserve the history of our nation divided.

Synagogue in Williamsburg, with separate entries for men and women.
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Taking a guided tour of the Hasidic community of Williamsburg, was like stepping back in time for Mary Clark. Guide Freida Vizel shed light on this strange and foreign land, right in the middle of New York City.

Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta reached capacity for the Rolling Stones' June 2015 concert.
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Seeing the Rolling Stones live in concert has become a rite of passage for generations, and this is one experience Mary Clark can cross off her "bucket list" after braving a stadium crowd and witnessing Mick Jagger and company in Georgia.

Vendor peddling wares in Antigua, Guatemala
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Mary Clark's family has a long tradition of volunteerism with the Peace Corps, a service organization which sends Americans abroad to assist with the pressing needs of people around the world.

The Henry Clay Frick Home in Manhattan
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Mary Clark visits two separate collections displayed at Manhattan Museums, which share a common thread through the American Labor Movement.

Footprint Pool at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
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New York City is home to a moving tribute to those lost in the World Trade Center buildings, at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Located at the World Trade Center site, the Museum and Memorial was completed in 2014, and commemorates the attacks on on the buildings in 2001.

Easter Sunday in New Orleans, 2009.
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Louisiana's Big Easy is known for it's Mardi Gras celebrations, but many are unaware that the city is also a hot spot to visit for Easter. Mary Clark recently went back to New Orleans for the first time in 35 years, and enjoyed her time in this unique city.

Ceramic pots representing the many gods of the Santeria religion, on display at the Yoruba Cultural Center in Havana.
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Santeria, or "devotion to Saints," is a practice still utilized in Cuba. Originating from Cuban slaves' African heritage, it is a blending of Yoruba mythology mixed with Christianity. Orichas (deities) are paired with Catholic Saints to form this meld of beliefs, known as religious syncretism.

Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King at the MLK Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Fair Park in Dallas is known for The Cotton Bowl and the annual State Fair of Texas, but the historical site is also home to fascinating exhibits and museums.

Taxi drivers waiting outside Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba
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Although times and regimes have changed, the iconic 1950's cars synonymous with Communist Cuba are still prominent.

The view of Mount Rainier is revealed though the clouds
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People come from near and far to catch a glimpse of the tri-peaks of Washington State's Mount Rainier, a towering formation of rock and ice.

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When you think of racing, tugboats might be the last thing to come to mind. But each year in Olympia, Washington, the tugs fill the start line at the Annual Harbor Day Festival.

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From their vibrant, artful downtown area, to nearby Eisenhower State Park, Denison serves as an ideal weekend destination.