Reverence: Showing Respect At Sacred Places

A couple weeks ago I saw a story in the Sunday Los Angeles Times that caught my eye called "A Sting In The Desert" (click here to check it out). It really grabbed my attention because it involved somewhere we'd traveled to. The story involved illegal trade in Native American Artifacts and those who search for them in the sacred grounds surrounding the Four Corners Area (where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and … [Read more...]

9/11 Memorial and Museum-(New York City-Manhattan)

It took time and careful effort to construct this incredible museum on the site of one of the greatest tragedies in our nation's history. For those of us who witnessed the attack and eventual crumbling of the towers on September 11, 2001, this museum will bring you back to that terrifying moment and fill in the details that we could not imagine as we were glued to our televisions.  For younger visitors who were too … [Read more...]

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

Walking up to the grounds of the Lorraine Motel it seemed that time had stood still here.  The original 60's decor and the colorful sign were all left intact as they were on the day civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.  Walking up to the hotel we found a beautiful marble plaque with a poignant inscription from the old testament marking the day those tragic events took place. A very … [Read more...]

Fisherman’s Memorial (Gloucester)


If you haven't seen the movie "A Perfect Storm" with George Clooney, you should see it before you visit so that you understand the reverence with which this town holds its fisherman.  The memorial is a little tough to find as there's no physical address, but head to the shore and follow the flags and you should find it-or just ask someone who lives there.  It's a hugely moving memorial honoring all the fisherman … [Read more...]

Oklahoma City National Memorial (Oklahoma City)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City National Memorial was a particularly difficult stop.  Not only was it heartbreaking and sad to imagine how many innocent people lost their lives, it was even more difficult to explain to the kids how someone expressed his political views by killing innocent men, women, and children. On the morning of April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck loaded with explosives in front of the Alfred … [Read more...]