I Met a Rocket Man at Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
May24

I Met a Rocket Man at Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

“One of my heroes was John Glenn. My mother let me play hooky from school to watch his mission. And the drama and the class with which he performed that mission was really neat,“ rocket man Jerry L. Ross told me when I asked the hero who his hero was.

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Firearms Training and My First Trip to a Gun Range in Port Charlotte, Fla.
May21

Firearms Training and My First Trip to a Gun Range in Port Charlotte, Fla.

“Don’t put your finger on the trigger. Cross your thumbs. Hold it steady. Don’t be scared. There’s nothing to fear,” were the thoughts running through my mind as I picked up a loaded handgun at Shooter’s Paradise gun range in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.
May16

The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.

“Ma’am, I will just run your license through the system to see if you’re one of the people allowed in,” the federal officer with the Department of Energy told me. I was at the entrance to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee’s Secret City.

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Mad Mo is Paving the Way for Girls in Pro Monster Trucks
Apr23

Mad Mo is Paving the Way for Girls in Pro Monster Trucks

Morgan Matheny is like most teenagers. The 14-year-old attends public school in Central Florida, plays basketball, and aspires to pursue a medical career. When not in school, chances are she’s buckled into Demolition Diva as her alter ego Mad Mo, paving the way for girls in pro monster trucks.

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A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico
Apr02

A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico

I’ve been told many times I’m brave but really, I’m not. But, you want to know who in my life was brave? My friend Barb who packed up her truck and cat to retire in Mexico. She was a strong, brave woman and although I am not going to share her challenges and triumphs, I will share with you her journey south to retire in Mexico.

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With Jim Beam in Hand and a Tiara on My Head, Rest in Peace
Mar30

With Jim Beam in Hand and a Tiara on My Head, Rest in Peace

“What’s it like LIVING in a national park?” is usually the second question people ask after asking, “What is your favorite national park?” when they learn I spent 10 years living and working in America’s crown jewels. “It’s like living with family,” is my response, because it is.

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Things to do in Ohio: Butler County Donut Trail
Mar19

Things to do in Ohio: Butler County Donut Trail

My foodie nose found a “magically delicious” trail and I’m adding it to my list of things to do in Ohio. It’s called the Butler County Donut Trail.

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Riding the Waves in Englewood, Florida
Mar16

Riding the Waves in Englewood, Florida

These speedy little gems are offered by Riding the Waves located at Skip’s Marina on Placida Road in Englewood where guided tours are offered.

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There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway
Feb16

There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway

Just as there is no crying in baseball, there is no crying on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Yeah, well, I’m here to confess I did just that. Straddling 500-some pounds of hot metal between my legs on a cool December evening, I sat bawling because I accepted reality – I am not coordinated enough to drive a motorcycle.

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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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Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017
Dec29

Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017

Happy 2017! ‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of things you must try in the Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach, Florida area during the New Year. Of course, you can enjoy many of these activities throughout the year.

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Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Solo Travelers
Dec05

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Solo Travelers

Need stocking stuffer ideas for a solo traveler on your holiday list? Here are a few of my hand-selected items for 2016. From a reusable device that extracts insect venom to fashionable yet practical socks, you’ll find something for your fave independent traveler. And, you may find something for yourself.

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My Plans for Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration
Nov28

My Plans for Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration

The President of the United States represents ALL Americans, not only those who voted for him, which is why I’ll be attending Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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Pet-Friendly Florida: Flagler Beach
Nov23

Pet-Friendly Florida: Flagler Beach

A dog beach, pet-friendly dining and activities had Radcliff’s tail wagging during our visit to Flagler Beach, Florida. This was our first, of what I hope, of many road trips.

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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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