A View from the Road: The Danger of Divisive Politics

November is a month that I strongly associate with Thanksgiving and everything it means to be an American. It's really one of my favorite times of the year. It's also election season. Normally I'm excited to exercise my right to vote and participate in one of the hallmarks of democracy. Sadly this has been one of the most divisive and by far the most repulsive campaign season likely on record. Don't worry, I am not … [Read more...]

A View From The Road: Election 2016—A Time to Reconnect With the Vision of Our Founding Fathers

I have always considered myself a proud and patriotic American committed to the ideals on which this country was founded.  My heart has always swelled at the thought of the land of the free and the home of the brave where generations descended from the Pilgrims to new immigrants and everyone in between could work toward a brighter future and a better life for their children. I am very sad to admit as this election … [Read more...]

A View From The Road: Immigration Then & Now

Immigration has been in the news quite a bit lately, from the plight of mothers and children held at detention centers, to the deportation or lack thereof of illegal immigrants who commit crimes, immigration is the hot topic du jour. Candidates for president are bringing this issue to the forefront and it really made me reflect on what I saw on our last trip (trip #16) when we visited Ellis Island-the now closed … [Read more...]

The View From The Road: What About Guns?

I don't usually like to tackle politically charged topics like guns on my travel blog but it's really hard to ignore the increase to shootings happening in our schools and on our streets all across the country lately. As I was starting to write the posts for my newsletter featuring Kansas, I remembered this funny picture my kids took in Wichita. As we were about to walk into The Exploration Place, a wonderful and … [Read more...]

The View From the Road (#1 in the series)

The View From the Road: What is Happening To The Family Farm

  What is Happening to the Family Farm?   Driving around the country can really give you a perspective on things that we take for granted in our daily lives-like where our food comes from.  One thing we noticed as we drove through the heartland of America is that our physical and ideological landscape is rapidly changing. Family farms across America are disappearing and with them a way … [Read more...]

The View From The Road: Detroit, Down but Not Out and Worth a Visit


2nd in a series It’s no secret that Detroit has been hit by some hard times as of late, even so far as debating whether to sell off the city’s prized pieces of artwork at the Museum in order to avert bankruptcy. Huge layoffs and plant closures coupled with a sagging economy have left many in the Motor City barely hanging on. As we drove through the city on our annual road trip, we came face to face with … [Read more...]