Author Archives: PJ Thomas

A Las Vegas Sampler

Las Vegas Welcome Sign 3/30/11

By Susan M. Keenan Las Vegas, even during the summer, is exciting. The constant addition of ultra-luxe hotels combined with inexpensive flights from nearly every major U.S. gateway makeLas Vegas fun. That’s why it was unbelievably horrific to think people would be kill by a crazed sniper while simply enjoying a concert. Twenty-five hotels are located along the Las Vegas ...

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Sauternes: A Unique Bordeaux

Vine-clad chateaux overlooking vineyard in Bordeaux, France.

By S.M. King Little known in the United States, Sauternes hails from the Bordeaux region of France, which is famous everywhere for its fine red wines. Sauternes, however, is a sweet white wine, popularly served after meals. One might refer to it as almost a “white Port,” but Sauternes truly belongs in a category of its own. Unlike other sweet ...

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Carnival Cruise Lines' guests have fun on a water toy off the beach at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas while a Carnival ship lies at anchor in the background. Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island offering white-sand beaches and numerous watersports opportunities, is featured on certain Carnival Cruise LinesÕ itineraries. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines.

New Feature Allows Guests to Pay for their Carnival Cruise In Three Convenient Monthly Installments They mean, “Layaway”! Well, that’s not exactly what they’re calling it, but we sure recognize this awesome means of paying. Book now, pay over time and travel later! In a cruise industry first, Carnival Cruise Line has launched a convenient new pay-over-time program that allows ...

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Philadelphia’s Best Places for Selfies

Penns Landing

PHILADELPHIA, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, welcomes the Democratic National Convention. The city has become a major restaurant destination, where you can find chefs rivaling those of its near neighbors, New York City or Washington, D.C. Take a ride along Boat House Row, swing to jazz at the Clef Club or, on a more serious note, pay ...

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Mississippi Blues


Pathfinders is dedicated to highlighting Black history 365 days of the year.  During Black History Month, we will showcase some of the people, destinations, museums and historical sites we especially love and believe should be added to your list of places to visit.   The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center 400 Second Street Indianola, MS 38751 The ...

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Chef Jesse Jones Offers Tips for a Successful Holiday Party

Like many African-American chefs, Jesse Jones developed his knowledge of cooking from his mom and Nana. “There were amazing cooks in Snow Hill, North Carolina,” he said. They were hands-on, no-measuring, take-no-prisoners-with-the-soul-food kind of cooks. And though he grew up in North Jersey, Jones parlayed that love of cooking and knowledge of southern cuisine into what he calls southern cooking ...

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10 Quick Tips to Prepare for Traveling in Cold Weather


Before You Leave Home Consider trip insurance to protect against losses due to missed flights or connections in bad weather. Set your thermostat to insure the temperature in your home doesn’t fall below freezing which could result in burst water pipes. Leave your house and car key as well as your travel itinerary with a trusted neighbor who will know ...

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Response to the sisters who were thrown from the train

Say it Proud, “I’m Black and I’m Loud.” by P.J. Thomas   When one of my best buds and a fellow journalist sent me the story about the 11 women of an African- American book club who had been unceremoniously tossed off the Napa Valley Wine Train for disturbing other passengers with their laughter, there wasn’t a doubt in my ...

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Garden of Stone, Grace, and Beauty


Arlington National Cemetery By P.J. Thomas Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), located in Arlington, Virginia, was established in 1864 on the orders of President Lincoln as a final resting place for America’s military heroes.  Two hundred acres of land which once belong to General Robert E. Lee who had abandoned Arlington House by 1861 during the Civil War years, was set ...

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What You Should Know to Get Through the Security Checkpoints

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Get the 411 on 3-1-1  What You Should Know to Get Through the Security Checkpoints The Transportation Safety Administration has provided packing tips to simplify your travel experience through security screening. They include: Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers – a layer of clothes, then electronic, more clothes, and then any heavier items. This will help security officers see ...

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