Independence Day 2017: I Challenge My Fellow U.S. Citizens
Jul04

Independence Day 2017: I Challenge My Fellow U.S. Citizens

Dear Fellow Citizens of the United States of America: Today is Independence Day. America’s birthday. And I challenge you…

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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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10 Patriotic Things to Do in Philadelphia
Jul24

10 Patriotic Things to Do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the perfect place to hold the DNC Convention because it is nicknamed the Cradle of Liberty. This is the location where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed, forming the modern United State. Following are 10 patriotic things to do in Philadelphia.

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My Photos from Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Rally in Tampa, July 22, 2016
Jul23

My Photos from Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Rally in Tampa, July 22, 2016

‘Tis the season for politicking and I’m sharing my photos from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign stop in Tampa on July 22, 2016.

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Captain Obvious Stepping into the Race for President
Feb23

Captain Obvious Stepping into the Race for President

Y’all obviously know I’m crazy about travel and politics which makes me very excited to share how Captain Obvious is stepping into the race for president.

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I Visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York and This Happened
Feb17

I Visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York and This Happened

I didn’t know her but unknowingly standing in front of her name etched in bronze, I was heavy with sadness. Blinking away tears and trying to hide them from my friend, I looked for distractions while he photographed the scenery.

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Tips for Attending a 2016 Presidential Campaign Rally
Dec01

Tips for Attending a 2016 Presidential Campaign Rally

While most people cringe and moan during election season, I find it kinda exhilarating. Having attended probably a half-dozen rallies plus two inaugurations and the Republican National Convention since 2008, I’m sharing my tips for attending a 2016 presidential campaign rally.

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Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?
Jul01

Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?

Is it a crazy idea to send my elected officials postcards from state and national parks during my summer travels?

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How Global Travel Influenced Barbara Pierce Bush and Now She’s Changing the World
Jun23

How Global Travel Influenced Barbara Pierce Bush and Now She’s Changing the World

Sitting down with her mother Laura Bush and journalist Soledad O’Brien, Barbara Pierce Bush spoke to the AARP Life@50+ Boston audience earlier this spring discussing how being a president’s daughter shaped her life.

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Former First Lady Laura Bush on Civility, Life After the White House During AARP Life@50+
Jun22

Former First Lady Laura Bush on Civility, Life After the White House During AARP Life@50+

Former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Barbara Pierce Bush addressed civility and life after the White House during AARP Life@50+ in Boston this spring

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Follow the North Star and Find American History in Chatham-Kent, Ontario
Jun18

Follow the North Star and Find American History in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Eying the Big Dipper in the evening sky the other night, I held back tears. Don’t worry, it was all good, I’m just a sentimental baby sometimes. Earlier this month I followed the North Star to Chatham-Kent located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and learned it was more than just a terminus to the Underground Railroad during the mid-1800s.

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On My Way to Follow the North Star in Ontario
May26

On My Way to Follow the North Star in Ontario

I’ll be following the North Star in Ontario next week and I couldn’t be more excited! No, it’s not another NASA thing I’m involved with it’s a travel blogger thing. I’m attending the Annual Travel Blog Exchange Conference (which means I’ve attended every North American #TBEX) in Toronto, June 1 and 2 and as a travel blogger, I’ll be joining my peers during a post-conference trip to learn...

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Inspired by Dr. Benjamin Carson in Sarasota, Fla.
May05

Inspired by Dr. Benjamin Carson in Sarasota, Fla.

“Things that I said at the Prayer Breakfast were the same things I’ve been saying for 20 years. It just had a viral impact, you might say,” Dr. Benjamin Carson, said during a Feb. 27, 2013, press conference in Sarasota, Fla. Prior to Feb. 7, I knew the name “Ben Carson” but really didn’t know who he was. As a volunteer with the Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series, I saw...

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The Big Negative with Traveling Abroad
Apr17

The Big Negative with Traveling Abroad

Gallivanting across the globe seems glamorous. I love exploring new countries and cultures but there is a downside and I wasn’t until the blood mobile showed up at my place of employment. My grandmother was a multi-gallon blood donor and although she inspired me with her endless generosity, I never really had the opportunity to donate, there was always some excuse. A few years ago I finally decided to do it when the blood mobile...

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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Talks Military, CIA in Sarasota, Fla.
Feb10

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Talks Military, CIA in Sarasota, Fla.

Traveling to Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2006 was one of the most influential life experiences I’ve had. On one level, it offered a snapshot to help me understand what the Afghan people were experiencing, particularity the hardships of women and children and opened my eyes to their feeling of abandonment from the U.S. On another and more selfish level, it opened my eyes to how others live and how much we as Americans take for granted how...

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