Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast
Jan16

Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast

Cooler weather means the lovable sea cows are congregating in warmer waters. Planning a vacation to the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast? From Homasassa Springs to Fort Myers, here are some of my favorite places on where to see manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast, both in their native habitat and in captivity.

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Loving Lobster in Bar Harbor, Maine
Oct16

Loving Lobster in Bar Harbor, Maine

Lobster and Bar Habor, Maine, seem to go hand in claw, err, hand in hand and this summer I was floating on a pad of butter on Cloud 9 during a quick getaway with my family to Green Lake, not too far from Bar Harbor. While I was on the hunt for the best lobster roll around Bar Harbor, I had other unexpected Maine lobster experiences.

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Visiting the “I Love Lucy” Statue and Museum in Jamestown, N.Y.
Aug14

Visiting the “I Love Lucy” Statue and Museum in Jamestown, N.Y.

As we age, we become more like our parents and mine gave me an appreciation for “I Love Lucy,” the Beach Boys, county fairs and football. My mom is a Lucy fan and growing up, I remember watching reruns of the sitcom and falling in love with the funny redhead.

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Travel to New York: Maid of the Mist, Buffalo’s Silos and Shark Girl
May10

Travel to New York: Maid of the Mist, Buffalo’s Silos and Shark Girl

There’s a saying of, “If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything.” The same can be said about a former resident seeing their hometown through tourist sunglasses.

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My Version of Grandma H.’s Clam and Corn Chowder Recipe
Aug20

My Version of Grandma H.’s Clam and Corn Chowder Recipe

During my recent adventures back to Buffalo, I picked up some of my Grandma Huber’s recipes including this one for her popular clam and corn chowder. I made a batch of the milk-based chowder over the weekend and modified the recipe slightly to healthify it.

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Case of the Mondays or Post-Vacation Blues?
Aug18

Case of the Mondays or Post-Vacation Blues?

I did my duty as an American last week. I took a vacation to help stimulate the economy. It officially ended last night when I went to bed and today, I dragged myself to work feeling a little depressed. Do I have a case of the Mondays or am I suffering from post-vacation blues?

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Up Close and Personal with the Amish on New York’s Amish Trail
Aug17

Up Close and Personal with the Amish on New York’s Amish Trail

During my summer trip to Buffalo, my parents and I set out on our next adventure, New York’s Amish Trail. My fascination with the Amish probably began before I was 5 years old when my family made road trips to visit friends in Titusville, located in Western Pennsylvania.

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Eating My Way Through the 2014 Erie County Fair
Aug12

Eating My Way Through the 2014 Erie County Fair

During a visit to the Erie County Fair, rather than tour the fun house or grip for dear life on one of those rides that now turn me green, my parents and I were on a foodie adventure.

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Have You Been Photographed by Google Street View?
Jun19

Have You Been Photographed by Google Street View?

Have you been photographed by Google Street View? I haven’t but my dad has and although the image was taken in August 2011, today was the first day I saw him in the image.

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Delta’s Corporate Policy Delayed My Surprise and I Have the T-Shirt to Prove It
Jun15

Delta’s Corporate Policy Delayed My Surprise and I Have the T-Shirt to Prove It

Guilt is one of my Catholic battle scars that will always stay with me. My Mom turned 70 years old this spring and due to prior commitments, I wasn’t able to attend the surprise party my family planned.

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After All these Years, I’m Still Talking Proud of Buffalo, N.Y.
Jan01

After All these Years, I’m Still Talking Proud of Buffalo, N.Y.

My reason for visiting Western New York in the heart of winter has little to do with snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures. It’s about family and hometown pride.

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Winter Adventures in Buffalo: Beautiful Botanicals, Father Baker and a Piebald Deer in a Cemetery
Dec27

Winter Adventures in Buffalo: Beautiful Botanicals, Father Baker and a Piebald Deer in a Cemetery

While visiting my family in Western New York for the holidays, a little snow didn’t stop our winter adventures. My mom and I headed to the City of Lackawanna to enjoy the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica and once again, I was surprised by Western New York treasures.

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New York Travel: Buying Monks’ Bread at the Abbey of the Genesee
Aug29

New York Travel: Buying Monks’ Bread at the Abbey of the Genesee

Last summer I had one of those “aha moments” when my parents and I stopped at Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, N.Y. to buy Monk’s Bread.

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Things to do in Southwest Florida: Jet Boat with Pure Naples
Mar09

Things to do in Southwest Florida: Jet Boat with Pure Naples

There’s just something special about being on the open water basking in the Florida sunshine and gripping on for dear life as a wall of Gulf of Mexico’s salty water bathes over you. That something special is called pure fun and last month I shared this experience with my parents during a Jet Boat Tour operated by Pure Naples based out of Tin City. Find a Southwest Florida Thrill with Pure Naples Sure, the one-hour tour...

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Sharing Circus Sarasota with the Parents
Feb21

Sharing Circus Sarasota with the Parents

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages…” It’s been a long, long time since I last attended a circus, although I saw Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba a few years ago, and after hearing of daredevil Nik Wallenda walk the high wire above Sarasota last month, I immediately decided taking my parents to Circus Sarasota during their February visit was a must. On a Friday night, circus energy...

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