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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Kentucky Derby

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Kentucky Derby The Run for the Roses By P.J. Thomas One Mint Julep   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 ...

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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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Airline Club Lounges


Airports have really upped their game in recent years with celebrity restaurants, day spas, museums 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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5 Tips for Keeping Business Travelers Well on the Road or in the Air


According to the U.S. Travel Association, approximately 33 percent of domestic business travel includes airfare. Unfortunately, as more and more employees are expected to travel for work, more people fall victim to the unhealthy lifestyle while traveling. Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness, suggests five tips for keeping business travelers well, whether they travel by car or by plane. ...

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Oregon and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, which is modeled after the Fortune Theatre in London.

Oregon and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Days of Wine and Roses and Shakespeare We were going to visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Though many years ago, the pain of skimming through Cliffs Notes study guides in an attempt to understand the Bard’s “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar” and “Hamlet” still resonated and I looked forward to viewing the plays and hoping the ...

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What to Do If You’re stuck at the Airport

If you are flying during the next few days, chances are likely you’ll be cooling your heals due to big winter storm in the Northeast. But a flight delay doesn’t have to be a totally bad experience.  Arm yourself with a little knowledge of the airports you’ll be traveling through. Upgraded food concessions, mini shopping malls, corridors lined with museum-quality ...

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