Month: January 2020

Rain or Monkeyshines; How a Mouse Helped Me Find A Rat in Tacoma Washington

This is a follow up to Finding Picasso, Elvis’s dressing room and Monkeyshines in Tacoma. At 6:30 am, I was drenched. My water-resistant jacket had given up. My shoes, my socks, my multiple layers of clothing all soaking wet. It was probably around 40 degrees. The cold and wet didn’t bother me. I had been …

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What Does “Gone with the Wind,” European Royalty and The U.S. Postal Service Have in Common? The Northwest Carriage Museum

The Northwest Carriage Museum   Our family motto has always seemed to be “live like the mountain is out,” which is a popular phrase here in Washington State due to the amount of rain and fog we seem to get. Mount Rainier is THE MOUNTAIN, and when she is visible, it feels like everyone is …

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One Fine Day

One day, one fine day, we will wake up to a sad reality that quality education, health, and material wealth aren’t the best gifts that will befit future generations nor equate to a clean, healthy planet. Nothing of that sought will make sense to a generation perishing from environmental crisis and a retaliating choking planet. …

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Spend a Few Days with Kids at Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds

Our family loves camping and looking for “treasures.” Whether we are looking for shells, crabs, slugs, rocks, cool sticks, Big Foot, or berries, we ALWAYS have something in mind while we are exploring. This camping trip was different, though. We planned our trip around fossil hunting. Let me tell you, the John Day Fossils Beds …

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What’s the Deal with Rick Steves? A Look at the Popular European Travel Writer

Rick Steves is the loved/hated European travel guru who describes himself as “America’s leading authority on European travel.” He began publishing European travel books in the 1980s. He has hosted a European travel show on PBS since 2000 and claims he continues to travel Europe for research for four months each year. Both his books …

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Traveling with Children to Europe During The Holidays

Introduction While planning our trip to Europe, I noticed very few guides on how to tour Europe with kids during Christmas. Everyone knows traveling with children is significantly more difficult than traveling alone. Traveling through Europe with children is not the same as crashing in hostels in your 20’s with nothing but the shirt on …

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Beaumont–Port Arthur where Music Lives

The Beaumont, Port Arthur Metropolitan area in Texas is called the Golden Triangle, referring to the wealth that flowed in after the oil gusher at Spindletop in 1901. It includes other smaller cities such as Orange, Nederland, Groves, Port Neches, Vidor, and Lumberton, and smaller places within the area. It could also be called “Golden” regarding the number of …

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“It’s just so weird, Mom” – A review of Neuwirth’s Orlando

VIENNA – Olga Neuwirth’s opera “Orlando” would be brilliant if it was an earnest attempt to troll reviewers. Its reception smacks of a hidden camera prank show where top food critics share apologias about the tv dinners they were unwittingly served. Nowhere is that more apparent than the New York Times’ painful efforts to not …

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