Presidential Inauguration: Why TSA Made Me Throw Away My Camera #inaug2013
Jan26

Presidential Inauguration: Why TSA Made Me Throw Away My Camera #inaug2013

Attending the 57th Presidential Inauguration swearing-in ceremony was an amazing opportunity. On Jan. 21, 2013, it was just me, a friend from Port Charlotte, Fla., and about a million others in front of the U.S. Capitol sharing in this red-white-and-blue-moment of American patriotism. As you can see from the top photo, I had a pretty good view of President Barack Obama’s and Vice President Joe Biden’s swearing in for a...

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First and Foremost I’m an American
Jan18

First and Foremost I’m an American

Right before Election Day, I received an email from some holistic healer asking me to remove her name from my political blog featuring Mitt Romney. Huh??? It took a few email exchanges to figure out she was referring to my pretty much defunct Tallahassee blog.

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My Fashion Accessories for the 57th Presidential Inauguration #inaug2013 #inaugjenn
Jan07

My Fashion Accessories for the 57th Presidential Inauguration #inaug2013 #inaugjenn

Two weeks from today I’ll be in Washington, D.C., watching President Barack Obama being sworn in for a second term as 44th President of the United States. It looks as though I won’t have a swearing-in ceremony ticket but I was able to snag tickets to the Inaugural Ball last night (anyone want to be my date?). I love our nation’s capital and I’m looking forward to soaking in American patriotism, just as I did...

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Voting Republican? Voting Democrat? Consider Voting for Travel!
Oct18

Voting Republican? Voting Democrat? Consider Voting for Travel!

Let me ask  a simple question. If you’re a United States citizen 18-years and older, you’re planning on voting in this year’s election, right? I volunteered on the presidential campaign one day this year and was shocked when two women in their thirties said they weren’t planning on voting in the presidential race. What???? It was less than 100 years ago that women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote...

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Random Tips for Attending a 2012 Presidential Campaign Rally
Jun12

Random Tips for Attending a 2012 Presidential Campaign Rally

It’s an election year and President Obama and Mitt Romney have hit the campaign trail hard. Chances are, they’ll be visiting a town near you and no matter what your political affiliation, attending a presidential rally and meeting the current or next president of the United States is pretty exciting. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty patriotic. If it’s your first time attending a presidential campaign rally...

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Liz Santorum, Duggar Family Rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum in Sarasota, Fla.
Jan30

Liz Santorum, Duggar Family Rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum in Sarasota, Fla.

“My dad today is exercising his most important role, which is being a dad,” Elizabeth Santorum told supporters who rallied for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in a Sarasota airplane hangar Sunday afternoon.  Two days prior to the Florida Republican primary, Santorum was in Virginia caring for his youngest daughter, three-year-old Isabella who was admitted into a hospital Saturday night for pneumonia. Liz...

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It’s Go Time for Republican Presidential Candidates in Florida
Jan23

It’s Go Time for Republican Presidential Candidates in Florida

Newt, Mitt and Rick are pretty lucky – they’ll be spending the next week campaigning in sunny Florida and I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of the three Republican presidential candidate hopefuls during their whirlwind trips. Just as in 2008 (dang, how can it be four years already???) I’ll probably be trekking across the Sunshine State in the quest for the perfect political photographs, since I’m in the...

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Postcards from Alaska: Sarah Palin’s House
Sep06

Postcards from Alaska: Sarah Palin’s House

I’m two days from becoming mayor of Sarah Palin’s House FourSquare alerted me after checking in from a very quick visit to the former Alaska governor’s driveway. Wasilla, Alaska, was a stop when returning to Anchorage from Fairbanks earlier this month, and since I wanted to add a little pop culture into the trip, I was determined to find her house. Amazingly, it was pretty easy to find. I Googled “where does...

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Dear Gov. Rick Scott: Careful What You Re-Tweet
Jan20

Dear Gov. Rick Scott: Careful What You Re-Tweet

The new governor of my great Sunshine State, Rick Scott, held a Town Hall meeting through Twitter tonight. I have to give him credit for using a new medium to interact with Florida citizens. This is how it worked: Folks who had questions were asked to tweet them to @FLGovScott and use the hashtag #flgov. The Governor then re-tweeted (re-posted) the Twitterer’s question and responded accordingly. However, for a governor who...

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Do the Photos We Capture Define Who We Are?
Nov07

Do the Photos We Capture Define Who We Are?

I’ve been using a camera for about as long as I can remember. Not sure when I received my first Kodak but know it was sometime in elementary school. I took photos of everything to document what was happening around me, remember what I saw, and be a storyteller. If you checked out my Rally to Restore Sanity photos on Flickr, then you saw the image below: I took more than a couple hundred photos that day including those of carved...

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I Rallied for Sanity. Will Anyone Listen?
Nov01

I Rallied for Sanity. Will Anyone Listen?

I’m sure certain family members prayed to save my soul when they found out I was attending the rally and honestly, after booking my travel, I really had to ask what is the purpose of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear?

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Ready (or not) for the Rally to Restore Sanity
Oct28

Ready (or not) for the Rally to Restore Sanity

OMG! Can’t believe tomorrow night I’m leaving on a jet plane for the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, D.C.! I’m so not ready but know it’ll be an awesome experience. As you can see below, I haven’t gotten very far in creating my sign(s). Worst-case scenario, I’ll be sitting on the floor of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport coloring in the letters of my sane signs. I still need...

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D.C.-Bound for Rally to Restore Sanity
Sep19

D.C.-Bound for Rally to Restore Sanity

Should a travel blog be used to engage readers in the political process? Christopher Elliott presented during The Travel Bloggers Show in Orlando last weekend and said something to the effect of it is the blogger’s responsibility to encourage readers to participate in the democratic process and specifically, to get them to vote. He didn’t say to blog about your political beliefs but I thought it was interesting he said it...

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More Troops in Afghanistan? It’s About Time
Dec01

More Troops in Afghanistan? It’s About Time

Should politics and travel mix? Having recently read Travel as a Political Act, if traveling to enrich the mind and spirit, it’s inevitable politics will play some role. For me, travel isn’t always about sleeping in lush beds and lounging by pools sipping cocktails (although that’s nice). It’s about experiencing, broadening my horizons, and making connections with people which is part of the reason I traveled to Kabul in March 2006. And traveling to a war-torn country means politics will play a role.

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