Travel and Culture

Hazel M. Freeman

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is one of the most extensive historical restoration projects in America. The magnificent old buildings are being restored and transformed into beautiful shops, galleries, living areas, and eateries.

Nancy Schretter

Deciding what to pack for an Alaska trip can be challenging. Alaska’s weather is highly changeable, so it’s important to be prepared. You'll want to bring the right camera equipment and gear to get the most out of your vacation as well. Here are fifteen essential items to pack for an Alaska trip.

Deb Frost

Mountain Goats are often one of the “must see” large animals on Alaskan tourist’s wish lists. Fortunately, the coastal mountains of Alaska seem to suit them, offering a good chance at closer views of these magnificent creatures.

Sarah Jane Lopez

If your looking for a fun adventure in the water, that is also a great workout, stand up paddleboarding is just the thing for you! Find out all about this fun water sport and read some tips on getting started.

Ruthe McDonald

There is nothing quite like family traditions. Here's a short story from my past. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter Holiday!

Bee Smith

While the six counties of Northern Ireland were part of the ancient kingdom of Ulster, these days Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are the Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland. Here are my four favorites from these three.

Editor Wanted

Why do I love the Sonora Style Mexican Food? Why is it my comfort food? From refried beans to caramelized Flan these are just some of my favorite Mexican Style Foods.

Hanny Suriadi

Raja Ampat is an ultimate destination for divers who are looking for a fabulous and exotic experience of its exciting underwater beauty. Located at the tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in Papua Island, the region is very famous for its world class diving and snorkeling.

Valerie D. Aguilar

Loreta Velazquez, inspired by Joan of Arc’s story as a child, is the only woman to have served in the Civil War as a socialite spy and as a male officer in battle simultaneously. Soldiers who served with Lieutenant Buford confirmed that he conducted himself with integrity and conduct becoming an off

Francine A. McKenna

Palm Bouquets are Good Luck charms. A 10th century German Easter tradition made with decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions and blessed in church, then kept for luck or decoration until next Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Their story and "How To".