‘The Rock’ – Visiting Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz is called “The Rock.” It sits in San Francisco Bay, minutes away from the city by boat. It was a place where prisoners who could not be controlled went to spend their time. Visiting Alcatraz is an awesome experience – both sobering and exhilarating. You can see where some of the most famous criminals spent […]

National Park Service at 100: Alcatraz Island, California

Alcatraz Island was home to one of America’s toughest prisons. It was also here that my brother stepped into the world’s spotlight during the Native American occupation. My brother Johnny was an activist, actor and musical performer. His spoken word inspired many people of all backgrounds. His activism and his eloquent speaking  style came to […]

Ready for a close-up: Oscar history lives along Hollywood Boulevard

Vacation Memories: Part of an ongoing series reviewing past trips. Who will win the Oscar for best actor? Actress? Which movie takes home the title as the best of the year? Those questions will be answered tonight during the 88th annual Academy Awards. The show takes place in Hollywood. Hollywood will be electrified with all […]

Forgetting Midwestern winter: Coastal beaches are calling

Spring is approaching. We are nearing the end of winter. However, we will have a few more weeks of iffy weather to deal with. But, soon, very soon, the leaves will be sprouting on the trees, grass will turn green, the dandelions will say hello to my yard again. Coats will give way to jackets, […]

San Diego harbor offers great attractions and views

History, culture and shopping await visitors along San Diego’s harbor walk. A few years ago, we were in San Diego for a day, so we had to make the best use of our time. We thought the harbor would be perfect. Maritime Museum of San Diego The Star of India can take visitors back to […]

Alcatraz Island: History from prison to Native American occupation

My brother Johnny was an activist, actor and musical performer. His spoken word inspired many people of all backgrounds. He passed away Dec. 8th. He was 69. His activism and his eloquent speaking  style came to the world’s stage during an occupation of Alcatraz by a group of Native Americans in the late 1960s. Johnny […]

Arbor Day has roots in Nebraska; Tree beauty abounds

Warren Buffett is credited with saying “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” How many of us even think about a tree’s life when we see them or take a rest under the shade? I know I’ve been among the many who complain during the Fall when leaves […]

Stars, fun await visitors to Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard is the home of the stars. And its sidewalks have the proof. The boulevard is home to the Walk of Fame – stars emblazoned in the concrete, recognizing people from acting to civic involvement. During our trip there in 2011, I found myself stopping at almost every star and getting a photograph. Hundreds? […]

LA’s Autry museum recognizes American west history

The American west comes to life at the Autry National Center in the Griffith Park district of Los Angeles. The museum, named after famed singing cowboy Gene Autry recognizes the American western days through a myriad of exhibits. During our visit in 2011, our friends Mark and Ron joined us for a visit of the […]

Sea lions lead tourist attractions at San Francisco’s Pier 39

With winter well entrenched around the United States, we like to think of nice, warm places to help us make it through the doldrums of the season. We enjoyed a fantastic trip a few years ago to San Francisco. As part of our trip, we did one of the most touristy things a person can […]

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