I read a lot of books in 2020. But how many do I really remember? At this stage, Jan 3, 2021, I can name only a few.
If you need a mental break during this difficult time in our lives, allow me to introduce you to the writings of DE Stevenson. I began with Miss Buncle’s Book and just finished Miss Buncle Married. The Buncle stories are just one of several series of books Stevenson wrote, beginning back in 1923. She published … Continue reading Miss Buncle’s Book
We arrived on Cape Cod on Wednesday and are safe in our Orleans condo for the summer and beyond. In the past, we have arrived around mid-May after a road trip of 10-14 days, seeing the sights between Texas and Massachusetts. This year was different. We had doctor appointments and other engagements in Texas in … Continue reading Road Trip in the Time of COVID
For those flying in this brave new world, there are some simple precautions you can take to feel safer. The Points Guy gives some recommendations, and yes, it involves Clorox Wipes, to clean your seat, tray table, seat pocket, and the toilet. I guess we'll all travel with wipes, Purell, napkins, and more from now … Continue reading Sanitize Your Airplane Seat
These are things we never thought about before, at least I didn't! I'd usually give my bags a cursory wipe down, but that has changed due to COVID19. Think about it - you're not the only one who handles your bag. It begins with you at home, but also the taxi or Lyft driver may … Continue reading Disinfect your luggage – before, during, after a trip
As a travel business, I receive a lot of emails every day. I probably delete 50 a day without opening them, destinations I don't sell or irrelevant stuff. Lately my emails are of 3 types - What suppliers are doing to keep you safe during this crazy time Cancellation revisions Travel deals you can't believe … Continue reading Business in the Time of COVID-19
"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?
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
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.