Arts & Culture

The USS Arizona Men brings the story of the men who sailed, fought and died with her to life.

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  I have been to Pearl Harbor twice and the USS Arizona memorial and Punch Bowl cemetery never stop to stir me.  While I have read about it, visited it and stood above where so many men lost their lives, it took the book The USS Arizona Men 75th Anniversary to bring the individuals who sailed, fought […]

Beautiful Santa Barbara’s Stearn’s Wharf

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Linda Spanberger had one request, a place she wanted to stop when we visited coastal California. She wanted to go to Stearn’s Wharf that is located outside of the beautiful Santa Barbara. According to information on the pier’s website they claim that Stearn’s Wharf is Santa Barbara’s most visited tourist attraction.  While at the pier we […]

Oxnard's Heritage Square!


During the North American Travel Journalist Association Conference (NATJA) at Oxnard, California we had an evening celebration at Oxnard’s Heritage Square.  This area of the Strawberry growing capital is lovely with an entire city block of relocated historic homes.   The square was created in1991 by the City of Oxnard and includes a beautiful former church […]

Carhartt Vineyard and Tasting Room

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For years my husband has bought Carhartt clothes. When I heard there was a Carhartt Vineyard in Los Olivos, California near the town  of Solvang where my friend Linda and I were visiting, we had to check it out.  Before leaving home, a young woman I know had said, “It is the smallest tasting room […]

The Le Seuer Swap Meet, a Bounty of Goods!

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Once in a while we get the chance to head north in April to the Le Sueur County Pioneer swap meet fondly called, “The Original Swap Meet”.   Held April 22-24, 2016 at the Le Sueur County Pioneer Show Grounds this only happens if the corn is planted and it has rained or too cold and […]