Recently we returned from a marvelous journey to the center of the world. I took my two 16 year old grand girls and it was joyous for me to watch them as they discovered more about our planet. At the Center of the World, which is the equator monument in a tourist village, not too far from Quito, Ecuador, they delighted in having one foot in the Southern Hemisphere and the other in the Northern.
The full proper name of Hot Springs, Arkansas is Hot Springs National Park. Hot Springs has a large military retirement population. With the location just about an hour southwest of Little Rock, easy access to the military bases and the major airport make this a great location; especially when you consider the number of lakes, restaurants, shopping, and hospitals nearby.
Beloved New York zoo gorilla dies (via AFP) Pattycake, a gentle giant of a gorilla who was born in New York’s Central Park Zoo 40 years ago, has died, city officials said Monday. The gorilla, the first born in the Big Apple, lived beyond the average 37-year life span of the big primates in captivity, […]
Last week I was training along the shoreline at Crystal Cove where several surf fishermen were casting their lines into the gentle waves. It reminded me of a similar scene I once encountered. My husband, Ken, and I were on the way home from one of my presentations when we decided to stop at Carpinteria State Beach in California.
As I clamored into the rickety old motorized rickshaw called a “tuk tuk” at 4: 40 a.m. on a pitch dark October morning in Luang Prabang, Laos, I was about to realize a dream that had dwelled in my heart for a very long time. Inhaling the fragrant perfumes of the tropical night, a smile played across my face.
Last summer during a look-at-colleges road trip with my daughter and two grandsons, I was reunited with an old friend, an enchantress of my youth, Laffing Sal. She and her sisters were the iconic animated cackling figures that laughed and gyrated in amusement parks across the country from 1930 to 1950.
The nearly three-week-long expedition was through tour operator Overseas Adventure Travel. Known as O.A.T., they are dedicated to cultural immersion experiences through small groups. The result is that we got to meet many people in their homes and villages. I sought out the children who seemed fascinated by my blonde hair and video camera.