Recreation

Journey with Kileen – to the South Pacific!

NOTE:  This article is the first in a series by AFL Travel Blogger Kileen Prather who will share her recent exploits to the South Pacific. Kileen’s helpful hints and words of travel wisdom are always deeply appreciated! I like to cruise in January for my own personal vacation.  There are two reasons for this.  First, the week after New Year’s is th...Read More

Baseball Broadcasting – Backwards R US!

Listening to a baseball game on the radio has reached– to use medical terminology– the sphincter tightening stage. It’s like squirming watching Trump trying to read from a TelePrompTer– but way worse. Back in the good ‘ole days– before middle age men began wearing nasal strips– baseball was all about balls and strikes. Nowadays broadcasters have ta...Read More

Journey with Kileen to “Mysterious” Easter Island

One of the most remote islands on Earth in the middle of the South Pacific, half way between Chile and Tahiti, is Easter Island. I had a chance to visit this island last winter. It is a paradise of hills and extinct volcanoes covered in grasslands and formed by massive volcanic eruptions. Naturally it was uninhabited for millions of years.  This is...Read More

Want a Great Trip? Try Chattanooga – Trains, History, Art and Even More!

A visit to Chattanooga is an opportunity to experience history. Few cities in the nation are as closely tied to railroads and the Civil War as Chattanooga. An enjoyable exploration of this Tennessee Valley town shows that railroads and the civil war have defined what Chattanooga was and still have a major influence today. The Nashville and Chattano...Read More

The “Thirty, Thirty” Method for Buying Garden Mulch

Want a great way to send the guy next door right over the top? I mean so bad that he completely loses it like Sean Spicer at a White House press briefing? You’re going to love this; it is so bad. Here’s what you do… Arrange to have a load of garden mulch dropped off at the end of your driveway on a Saturday morning. Then, stand near your phone… Rin...Read More

Arkansas (the Ozarks) & a Splash of Branson Music

Here’s a great little trip you can take, especially to see the fall foliage in the Ozark Mountains, but also good in late spring or during the summer.  The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas beckon you.  I wrote once about Mountain View, a mountain music and crafts center mecca but this area is also great to visit.   Let me tell you a little about the Hot...Read More

How Many Candles This Year?

It’s birthday time. For me. I need to think fast. Can I cross the date off the calendar without anyone noticing? Go subway surfing without a phone until the day is over? What about claiming that my birthday is fake news? I was born in the winter – don’t you remember” No luck. It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to. The only thing I want to cele...Read More

An Oasis of Golf Near The Gulf – Welcome to Innisbrook

Are you interested in a PGA tour-class golf vacation under the Florida sun? How about one that also has abundant nearby attractions including the Gulf of Mexico to delight family members who might not be avid golfers? If that tempts you. then a few days at Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in North Palm Harbor, a suburb of St. Petersburg, Florida shou...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Lighthouses of North Carolina

I recently wrote an article on the Oregon Lighthouses so I thought I would do something on the Atlantic Ocean. The problem is you could write a book if you started talking about the East Coast lighthouses so I decided to concentrate on one important area in North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a lot to offer. It extends more than sev...Read More

Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the then 11-year-old Lake Quinault Lodge on the shores of Lake Quinault in the rugged Olympic Peninsula of Washington during a fact-finding trip that so-impressed him that he signed a bill that created Olympic National Park. While there, he lunched at the dining room that would be named after him. Yo...Read More

Stepping Out

Fitness. It’s the next best thing since fried ice cream. Yet too many of us avoid the upgrade. Today we live longer but not necessarily better. The numbers are up (cholesterol, weight, blood pressure). We spend more time on the recliner than getting lean and mean. Let’s face it – how many Jane Fondas dwell among us? It’s more fun to guess the perp ...Read More

Ahhhhh – The Dreaded High School Reunion!

Dear “Oh Carol:” I just got a notice that our high school reunion (50th) will be held late next summer.  I went to one, maybe it was the 5th or the 10th – but haven’t seen anyone since then. I went to high school in NY and then moved to the southwest when we retired.  My wife has passed on but I live nearby to my son and his family.  Even so, I fee...Read More

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