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
What I learned this week is that we all have something to give. We came to Brownsville for 4 nights to volunteer. I wondered how we could help either of these two groups, Angry Tias & Abuelas or Team Brownsville. Both work to meet the needs of asylum seekers in the process of getting to … Continue reading We all have something to give to those in need
Great news from scouts - they have developed a badge that fosters environmental stewardship. Girl Scouts have always been GREEN, but this is a way to foster and showcase their commitment to the earth. Badges can be earned in all levels from Brownies up to Senior Scouts and Ambassadors. http://blog.girlscouts.org/2018/07/everything-you-need-to-know-about-new.html
Tonight was humbling. We drove from Austin to Brownsville to volunteer with a group called Angry Tias y Abuelas. They work to help asylum seekers as they work through the process of coming to the US. Mostly from Spanish speaking countries, they are coming to find a better life for themselves and their families. When … Continue reading The Wall. Yes, that wall.
This info comes from a regular traveler to Morocco "The fall is considered one of the best times to visit the country. Morocco in September begins to cool down and calm down. Warm weather and blue skies become the norm as the country transitions into fall, and most tourists return to their daily lives. October … Continue reading Best time to visit Morocco?
10 Things about The One in a Million Boy It’s never too late to make a new friend. Everyone has a story worth hearing. No matter your age, you can achieve goals. We all have something to give. Family is not defined merely by blood or marriage. Commitment is not easy, but it will be … Continue reading One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wod
Atlanta surprised us today. We really knew nothing about the city other than we wanted to visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. We found a reasonably priced hotel in the Midtown area, a perfect place to stay for city folk like us. We mapped the library and decided it was walkable, about 3 miles, and … Continue reading Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Following up on her bestseller, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, author Barbara Kingsolver and family opened up a farm-to-table restaurant in Meadowview, Virginia, near her family home and farm. And it happened to be on the route of our southbound trip this fall. Only a few miles off the highway, Meadowview is so small you could easily … Continue reading Harvest Table, Barbara Kingsolver’s restaurant
The lovely colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala is where we spend most of our Holy Week tour each year. Streets are cobble-stoned, houses painted pastel colors, churches on every corner. During the Lenten season, so much more is going on, including creating gorgeous carpets, or alfombras, on the streets. The alfombras are made from flower … Continue reading Antigua, Guatemala, Holy Week