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Destination Fairbanks, Alaska


North to Alaska as the saying goes. More specific, let’s visit Fairbanks. Land of extremes – coldest temperature recorded was negative 66 (brrrrrrrr) and warmest was 99 degrees. Or, did you know, the longest day in Fairbanks is 21 hours 49 minutes and the shortest day each year is 3 hours 43 minutes. Visitors to the Golden Heart city are ... Read More »

Museum of World Treasures


One of my favorite museums is located in Wichita, Kansas. The Museum of World Treasures was founded in 2001 by Dr. Jon and Lorna Kardatzke and moved to its current location in the Old Town area a couple years later. The museum has unique and rare exhibits that truly do span the World. The museum also covers the largest time ... Read More »

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

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There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do (sounds like lyrics to a song). Truer words were never written about visiting Boston. But, making it easier to fit in the things you want are late night hours (open until 9:45 p.m. on Fridays) at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). I visit the ... Read More »

9/11 Memorial Museum

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The 9/11 Memorial Museum is the quietest place in New York City I’ve found. Outside the fountains roar into the pools, pouring water into the two massive holes that were once the North and South Towers. This is a void in Manhattan. Skyscrapers on every side. The new One World Trade Center towering over the Memorial. But ultimately you can ... Read More »

Neon Museum


If you are in Las Vegas and need a break from all of the hours of gambling and endless buffet lines, then a visit to the Neon Museum just might be the ticket for you. It is located just a couple of blocks from the Fremont Street Experience and is a great spot to look at a bit of Las ... Read More »

Bone Creek Museum Puts Agrarian Art on Map


Traveling at 75 miles per hour forces emerald fields of corn and golden fields of wheat to blur, creating a hypnotic feeling, inducing fatigue. The Nebraska section of I-80 is a lengthy, flat, pass-through route, spawning the state’s negative reputation for boring drives through “nothingness.” This area of the world is difficult to appreciate without slowing down and getting out ... Read More »

Seattle: Finding Nirvana at the Museum


Take a peek inside the Seattle sound movement of the 1980s and ’90s with the “Nirvana Taking Punk to the Masses” exhibit at the EMP Museum. The museum covers music, science fiction and pop culture through permanent and traveling exhibits created by its own highly talented staff. “Nirvana Taking Punk to the Masses” is one of many exhibits currently at ... Read More »

Find Inspiration at Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia

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I recently visited Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, and wholly recommend it for all ages.  The contemporary art — some on permanent display and some as traveling exhibitions — will inspire you.  I am not an artist but can appreciate the exquisite talent of the modern and historical pieces.  I was awestruck as I toured and felt ... Read More »

Tracing TV History on Walton’s Mountain in Schuyler, Virginia

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Original Walton’s House, Virginia At one time or another, most people have watched an episode of “The Waltons,” that famous television series from the ’70s. I grew up watching this show and sometimes even now when I want a hint of nostalgia, I’ll find an episode on cable and watch it. I was in Lynchburg, Virginia, for my nephew’s graduation ... Read More »

Solemn Reflection at the Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial A visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a somber and thought-provoking experience. The events of April 19, 1995 — when 168 people, including 19 children younger than 6, were killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building — resonate with many of us. We will not likely forget where ... Read More »