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Brookside Mansion, a working historic home

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All it took was  picture of the lovely Brookside mansion that is located on the campus of the University of Saint Francis and we were hooked.  On a hosted tour of Fort Wayne with my mom, Lora Disque, and I made a last minute phone call around 4:00 p.m. I didn’t expect a return call […]

Art surrounds you in Fort Wayne!

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Downtown Fort Wayne is an art filled city.  On my recent hosted trip with my mom, Lori Disque we  enjoyed seeing art in all forms literally all over the city.  The architecture of the church spires inspire, little special architectural details like the gargoyles on the History Center and the horseman on the Anthony Wayne […]

Dining in an Amish Home, a great experience

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I grew up in central Illinois just a few hours from the Arthur, Arcola area where many Amish families live, farm and work.  The countryside is beautiful and a drive in spring sometimes even offers a chance to see planting with Belgian horses and farm equipment. On the back roads you will often pass an Amish […]

Thankful for the memories, of family and friends during Thanksgiving.

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With the holiday season officially up on us, its time to think back and remember friends and family, and make new memories as well.  Looking at this picture makes me think about the great fun we had when my cousin came to visit.  She is far away, in California, but never far from my mind. […]

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Art Deco Church takes eyes heavenward

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Annie Jansen and I were in Bloomington on one of our monthly get togethers in March of this year.  We got turned around in town and spied the amazingly beautiful Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the corner of Chestnut and Main.  We vowed on our next trip if the church was open to the public […]

Santa Barbara Mission, the "Queen of the Missions"

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From the time I read about the Santa Barbara Mission I wanted to visit.  This is so beautiful and so much history occurred here that it is hard to take in all the changes that occurred from the establishment of the Spanish missions.  This historic site is still an active parish and while the purpose […]

The Little Brown Church - a visit!

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  I had of course heard about the Little Brown Church in the Vale which inspired William Pitts to write his famous poem “Church in the Wildwood”, but I had never seen it.  On our way home from the LeSeuer Swap Meet in Minnesota we saw the sign and I talked Keith into veering off […]

Vatican Splendors exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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While I was expecting to see all things Reagan at the Presidential Library, I was not expecting to see the wonderful Vatican Splendors exhibit.  This was a great surprise when I took the tour of the museum and library with part of the North American Travel Journalists during our convention in Oxnard, California.  The exhibit […]