Summer Party Drinks

Low res Sangria

By Gail Fero A 4th of July party wouldn’t be the same without themed drinks and nibbles. But while summer party foods of grill chicken or potato salad are often staples, you can add a bit of pizzazz to your party with gorgeous, tasty and theme-appropriate drinks, suitable for either adults or children. Red, white and blue are the colors of choice, ...

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Airline Club Lounges


Airports have really upped their game in recent years with celebrity restaurants, day spas, museum quality art exhibits, and nap areas. So are airline club memberships still worth the money? Yearly membership rates vary according to miles flown, but expect to pay on average about $450 for a yearly club membership. That price may seem steep, but if you’re a ...

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James Denmark

Flowers and Day Dreams by James Denmark

James Denmark: The Pride of the low country   James Denmark is the pride of the low country in South Carolina. He has pursued a love for art since he was a child and was first introduced through family members while growing up in Winter Haven, Florida. Denmark, who was born in 1936, says on his website, “he was exposed ...

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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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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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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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Alaska, It’s Hot! Cool Adventure in Cruises and Tours

Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America

Alaska, It’s Hot! Cool Adventure Awaits in Cruises and Tours By P.J. Thomas     Alaska is an alluring destination, especially “cruise tours” that combine a popular land vacation for people wanting to experience America’s wilderness beyond just viewing it from the balcony of the ship or through nearby ports of call. Cruise lines such as Norweigan, Celebrity, Princess and ...

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It’s Kentucky Derby Time!

Arnold Jackson (left) won the men's competition for the Best Looking Gentleman Dandy

Kentucky Derby The Run for the Roses By P.J. Thomas   It’s been called the most exciting two minutes in sports and ranks near the top of the “bucket list” for sports enthusiasts. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing that includes the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Though the Belmont Stakes ...

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A Heart for Change in the Heart of Dixie


The eyes of the world were once fixated on a state known as the “Heart of Dixie, as groundbreaking events changed the course of history. Alabama’s historic civil rights legacy is found in every inch of Montgomery and Selma – two pivotal cities in the movement. Montgomery has the rare distinction of being both the birthplace of the Civil War ...

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Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue Tips


So you were lucky enough to attend the Academy Awards, or at the very least you hung out with friends and partied like it was Saturday night. Now, it’s 3 p.m. and you can barely keep your head off of your desk. Try these tips for Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue Whether you are traveling a hundred miles by car ...

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