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5 Favorite Books of 2016 and 20 Others That Weren’t

I read 25 books in 2016. Ok, maybe I didn’t “read” them – I  listened to them. I really don’t think there is a difference, but my husband insists that I can’t say I “read” a book if I only listened to it. Whatever… read, listen… it’s all the same to me. Here are my top 5 from 2016… 5. Small Great Things: A Novel, Jodi Picoult Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins...

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Guam Watering Holes

When you think of tropical destination, is Guam on your list of must-see places? Most people, if they have even heard of Guam, know it as a U.S. Territory that is home to both a U.S. Air Force and a U.S. Navy base. Or it’s a place to go for hard-core scuba divers – the only place in the world, in fact, where you can touch shipwrecks from two world wars. My family ended up on Guam as the first...

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Images from Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar, is one of the most picturesque places I have ever seen. Around every bend is another temple — maybe large with several levels, maybe small with only one or two levels, sometimes flocked with tourists, sometimes without another soul in sight. You can make your way around the temples by e-bike (moped) and explore for days never seeing the same place twice. You can even take a hot air balloon ride at dawn for a completely new perspective of...

Temples of Bagan

10 Favorite Places Around the World… So Far

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar Nyaung Shwe is, by far, one of my favorite places on this planet. The people are friendly, the town is not overcrowded with tourists, and there is a pancake house for those “sick of eating rice.” Nyaung Shwe is also the access point to Inle...