By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist
When an opportunity for me to visit Rome came up unexpectedly not long ago, I dropped everything, including blogging assignments. I will probably never have another crack at a trip to Italy with my husband. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to go. I figured I might be able to … Continue reading Thoughts after Rome
by baldilocks It's tough to write much today especially since I don't feel like talking about Brett Kavanaugh -- President Trump's SCOTUS pick -- or the Left's nationwide and 20-month long temper tantrum over losing the 2016 presidential election. What I feel like talking about is escaping -- yes, from California, if only temporarily. In … Continue reading Making a Break For It
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I am guilty of sitting around in my insulated world and not tapping into the wanderlust that is deep in my soul. I am perfectly content to sit at home under the branches of my magnolia tree and read books. Thankfully, my husband is more proactive and so every so … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Get Outside!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I was traveling last week and because of that (and in honor of Pete’s 30-year anniversary!) I didn’t post. Where was I? We went to New Iberia, Louisiana to attend the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival. We were there with people from at least twelve other states in the … Continue reading Report from the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- As Zilla noted, the Boss is at CPAC and is covering all things politics, so I’m going to veer away from politics today. Living in Louisiana with a special legislative session underway, there is no shortage of political topics here, but while our legislators wreck our budget and cut funding … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Books Along the Teche Literary Festival
By John Ruberry Last night I ended another binge-watching venture, this time it was Ozark, a Netflix original series starring Jason Bateman. Season one, consisting of ten episodes, was released in July and Ozark has already been renewed for a second run. Marty Byrde (Bateman) is a financial planner who makes a deal with the … Continue reading Review: Season one of Ozark
By: Pat Austin MIAMI, OK: As I mentioned last week, we are on the road this week and as of this writing find ourselves on Route 66 in Miami, OK. One of our travel stops today was pretty fabulous and worth sharing with you. It may never have crossed your mind that a 311 foot, … Continue reading Report from…Oklahoma: The USS Batfish
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- It’s officially summertime and many of us are looking toward to vacations and hitting the great open road to discover America, or other parts of the world. For us, we head to the Midwest. There’s some truth in the old adage about the grass being greener, and all that; the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Getting Out of Town
KANSAS CITY, MO -- We are on the road and so the weekly Report from Louisiana is this week, Report from Somewhere in the Midwest. It does one good to get out of customary surroundings from time to time and see things. My spouse does the driving and I peer out the windows at old … Continue reading Can We Get Stiffer Penalties for Texting and Driving?
by baldilocks I spent two days at my father’s ancestral lands in Manyatta, Awendo--no Internet--on which his permanent house is being built. Judging from the time it takes to get back and forth from Nairobi by car, I had originally though this land was 400-500 miles away from the capital, but I’m used to interstate … Continue reading Sojourn in Kenya: Surveying the Ancestral Lands
by baldilocks Nairobi, Kenya 2/24/2016 12:00 AM: This post is mostly a stream of consciousness and mostly an excuse to post a few photos. The bulk of the really good photos will be posted on Saturday, for reasons specified below. I arrived here on Monday at 8:00 PM, Kenya time, and slept great that night … Continue reading Sojourn in Kenya: Acorn Meets Tree
I spoke to a young lady from the Israel Tourism Ministry Catholic Marketing Trade show If you're looking to find a large crowd of people who have an interest in going to the Holy Land the Catholic Marketing Trade Show is the place to find them. You can find the web site of Israel's ministry … Continue reading Voices of the Venders Israeli Tourism Ministry at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show
By John Ruberry It's Super Bowl Sunday and besides the game, another story is the plethora of Super Bowl commercials. Yes, kickoff is hours from now, and the advertisement I'm excoriating will air on only on Fox 32 Chicago, but I'm confident that by 9pm Central Time, Mini Abe's Spontaneous Somewhat Super Premiere, produced by … Continue reading Illinois fumbles $127K on worst Super Bowl Ad
Yes, you're adventurous, and yes, your bucket list includes driving the PanAmerican Highway, crossing Russia, and checking out the Angel Falls. But you will do well to read the State Department's travel alerts and warnings before you go travel abroad. Each country's warning/alerts pages also link to additional information. For instance, the Colombia travel warning … Continue reading Fausta’s advice: Do heed those travel warnings.
While the Dollar continues to be weak we should strike while the Iron is hot: Energy: Since a weak dollar increases the price of energy imports we should take the opportunity to drill domestically. The cost of domestic materials do not change based on an exchange rate. Manufacturing: A weaker US dollar means that US … Continue reading A weak dollar is a strong opportunity