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A day’s work in Vietnam


Last in a series

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, shows how wrong it is to presume the country’s culture is homogeneous. Although Viet people make up nearly 86 percent of the population, 53 other ethnic groups call this home.

Touring Vietnam’s reminders of war


Part two of a series

China Beach and beyond: Learning history, heritage and culture in Vietnam


Part one of a series

Roads Traveled: Questions and comments from readers


Readers, it’s time to lighten the mailbag. Here is a selection of your most recent notes and questions.

Jim and Monica O’Brien of Madison asked for ideas about what to do in Two Rivers. Three unexpected pleasures in this area are:

Forging ahead together: Friend’s essay wins Kenosha couple a peaceful getaway


In “The Happiness Hypothesis” (Basic Books, $17), social psychologist Jonathan Haidt notes that the goal of positive psychology is “helping people find happiness and meaning.”

My friend Bob Sessions in Iowa made me aware of this 2006 book, and the author acknowledges there is no clear road to happiness in this complicated world of unexpected detours and derailments.

A tiny house that travels


Dan Dobrowolski understands the growing curiosity to live large in a small space, and others are noticing his efforts from coast to coast.

The owner of remote Canoe Bay Resort near Chetek, the Midwest’s only Relais and Chateaux property, is investing in the tiny house movement and gaining national attention for his new venture: ESCAPE Homes. It gives new meaning and panache to RV travel and second-home getaways.

‘We Gotta Bingo’


All-in-good-fun games of bingo keep the church lights on, subsidize school field trips, buy equipment for volunteer fire departments and make countless other charitable efforts possible.

Add the fact that 43 percent of people in Wisconsin say they are of German heritage, and at least 25 percent consider themselves Catholic. We know “polka” and “Mass” are not necessarily mutually exclusive activities.

You’ll be a-mazed! Cornfields yield family fun in the fall


What started monumental change at the Tom and Cheryl Skelly farm in 1989? Four rows of sweet corn.

The crop was more than enough for the family to eat, so they sold the excess for $1 per dozen.

Our roads less traveled


When asked to recommend a scenic Wisconsin drive for USA Today a few years ago, I deliberately veered away from the Mississippi River’s Great River Road and other grand but obvious choices.

I favored a five-mile stretch of dirt and gravel that sashays around little lakes and post-glacier forestation, north of Rib Lake in Taylor County. Visitors come to drive the remote hills and dales, stop for a swim at South Harper Lake during warmer weather or hike nine miles north (on Timm’s Hill National Trail) to the state’s highest natural point (1,951 feet above sea level) in Price County.

Take Ten: Hikes


Editor’s note: Wisconsin-native Kevin Revolinski is the author of “60 Hikes Madison,” “Best Hikes Near Milwaukee,” “Paddling Wisconsin,” “Best Tent Camping Wisconsin” and “Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide.” His blog is Revtravel.com.

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