Mary Clark, Traveler

Tuesday Mornings at 7:20, during Morning Edition

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.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Punta Arenas- Next rest stop: 900 miles

Waterfront view at Punta Arenas.
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At the southern most point of The Americas lies the city of Punta Arenas, the capital city of Chile's southern most region. A meer 900 miles North of Antarctica, it is by most accounts at the edge of the earth.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

History and family fun in central Louisiana

A White Bengal Tiger watches visitors pass by at the Alexandria Zoo
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When seeking a nearby destination with activities for the kids and the adults, look no further than Alexandria, Louisiana.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Making the best of a 'hostel' environment

How much personal space are you accustomed to? Hostel stays get you elbow to elbow with your bunkmates at Refugio Las Torres in Chile.
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Far from the glitz and tourist traps, lies a more intimate, up-close and personal means of accommodation - hostels.  Mary Clark and her family roughed it during a trip to Chile, staying in tiny rooms with bunk beds, and sharing space with strangers.

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9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Arts alive and well in Edom and Ben Wheeler

Artists show off their creations at the Ben Wheeler "Far Out Art Fest" held in June.
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Nestled between Canton and Tyler are a pair of small East Texas towns in which culture and the arts are thriving. Edom and Ben Wheeler make up for their small populations with big time charm and culture.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Penguins-a-poppin' on Magellan Island

Penguin partners protect their precious payload.
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Scores of penguins choose Magellan Island on the Magellan Straits of South America for their summer getaway, despite the crowded conditions and human onlookers.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

An unlikely place for an enlightened Hindu master

Acharya Shree Yogeesh greets visitors at The Siddhayatan Hindu-Jain Tirth & Spiritual Retreat
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One expects to find livestock, sprawling country vistas, and quaint little towns in Northeast Texas, but not a Hindu refuge! Mary found just that at Siddhayatan Tirth & Spiritual Retreat in Windom.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

'Crystal Bridges' lead to art greats

View from outside the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
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Alice Walton, daughter of Wal Mart magnate Sam Walton, noticed a distinct lack of art and culture around her family's hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.  She decided to change that by founding a world-class art museum in The Natural State.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Berlin museum opens the Iron Curtain of yesteryear

Inside the DDR interactive museum in Berlin, Germany
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Propaganda by Communist regimes in Europe once succeeded in hiding details about places like East Germany from the prying eyes of world, but museum visitors can see all the details at a museum in Berlin.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ft. Worth is worth the second visit

Mural painted at Ft. Worth's renovated Sundance Square.
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It has been 10 years since Mary Clark and her family had visited neighboring Ft. Worth, and they were pleasantly surprised at the changes they found upon returning.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Israeli kibbutz cooperatives continue to thrive

Communal bicycles at a kibbutz in Israel.
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During a recent trip, Mary discovered that an old way of life is still thriving along the Mediterranean Sea.

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