"be vigilant but not paralyzed. There’s no benefit to come from being scared to the point of never leaving your house. There are contagions out there—whether they’re reported or not—so take appropriate precautions and go about your life." Below is an interview between Recommend magazine, a travel counselor publication, and Dr. William Spangler, global medical … Continue reading COVID-19 – should you be traveling now?
We started the day visiting the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V in Rabat, built in the 20th century on the site of the Hassan Tower. The mausoleum is gorgeous, and the artistry is truly amazing. It is white with a green tiled roof, green being the color of Islam. A pair of guards on horseback … Continue reading Tomb of King Mohammed V in Rabat
This afternoon I took a short walk through the Medina near my Riad, Maison Bleue. It’s Friday and many shops are closed, not for religious reasons but they traditionally close a day because the weekends are busier and better for business. I followed only one street for fear of getting lost. There are 9,400 streets … Continue reading The Medina of Fes
A mole was diagnosed as melanoma and I’m set for surgery in 2 weeks. While I realize it’s serious, I didn’t know how serious until the surgeon said he would refer me to oncology. When he said that word, my mind stopped working. I know so many who’ve been through chemo and I’ve always said … Continue reading I’m starting down a new path. Cancer.
As the owner of a travel company, JB Journeys, I have been fortunate on occasion to meet people in other countries who have the capacity to impactfully change the world for good. Tara and Rob Cahill of Guatemala are two such people. I first met the Cahills while I was birding in Guatemala in 2017. … Continue reading Force for change, force for good in Guatemala
If you don’t know about the mansions in Newport, you are missing some gorgeous homes that once belonged to American ‘royalty’. Names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, and more, built mid to late 1800s and into early 1900s. These were summer homes, used for 4-6 weeks per year and where the wealthy met other wealthies, hopefully to … Continue reading The Rich are Different – Newport, RI
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield makes for an emotional visit. Opened only in 2005, it was created as one of the first “experience museums” by BRC Imagination Arts, a production agency that is more Disney than history. The museum “combines priceless historical artifacts with BRC's innovative, contemporary storytelling technologies.” This is no old-fashioned … Continue reading Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL