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it’s all about Margaret

This post is a tribute to my mother, Margaret who died in January, 1970. I update and circulate this post every year on Mother’s Day, although it was first written and posted in 2010,...

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exploring San Mateo County

Like many travellers, I’d flown into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) several times, but had always headed north from there into Fog City, and one time into Oakland, versus heading southwest to explore the...

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why Branson?

It’s funny how Branson, Missouri, reminded me of two of North America’s raciest cities–Las Vegas and New Orleans–because Branson is far from racy. It’s rather the opposite and unquestionably driven by pure-hearted religious forces....

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Belcolade cacao plantation of the Yucatan

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting small cacao farms and larger cacao plantations and cooperatives in eight countries (to date!) during my chocolate travels. And without hesitation, I tip my hat to the Belcolade...

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best scottsdale resorts

This, my fellow travellers, will be the last in the Arizona series–at least for awhile! In this final post about the Scottsdale area, I thought I’d share a few comments about the Scottsdale resorts...

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cruise up Carefee Highway to Cave Creek, Arizona

If you find yourself in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, a highly recommended day trip is up Interstate 17 to the historic town of Cave Creek, Arizona, and its modern sidekick, Carefree. You’ll find Cave Creek...

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Zak’s Chocolate: Best in Arizona

I had the pleasure of meeting Maureen and Jim Elitzak at their chocolate shop in Scottsdale, Arizona, a short while ago, and was blown away by the chocolate knowledge, talent, and finesse this couple...