Top Ways to Immerse Yourself in Another Culture

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The best parts of traveling internationally is not only seeing new sights but experiencing different cultures. You can learn how people live, work, and play all around the globe. These kinds of experiences inform how you look at the world, build your empathy and understanding, and help you to learn more about yourself, while you’re at it.

Women in Comics: An Interview with Author Brent Clark Rogers

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You find the most interesting people at comic cons. Guess who we met at Grand Rapids Comic Con? None other than Brent Clark Rogers, author of the Brent Clark Rogers Guide to the DC Universe. We heard him speak about women in the comic book world - and knew we'd need to share his book. Here's what he had to say...
Women in Comics: An Interview with Author Brent Clark Rogers

Expert shares Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Crowds in National Parks

by Ed Forteau / May 17, 2018 /
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Memorial Day Weekend starts the begining of summer - and all the attendant travel plans! Our own national parks are becoming more and more popular for travelers looking for lower costs and higher values - and all that natural beauty! How do you avoid the big crowds on holiday weekends?

What Do You Know About America’s National Parks?

by smartpoodle / May 17, 2018 /

What Do You Know About America’s National Parks?

They Are Our Greatest Natural Treasures

What Do You Know About America’s National Parks?

Calistoga's Petrified Forest

by Penny Sadler / May 17, 2018 /
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What is a petrified forest? They look like trees, but when you touch them they're cold. Transformed by minerals in sediment, volcanic ash, and groundwater, the trees have become fossilized. No longer wood, these trees tell the story of the climate and ecosystem millions of years ago.


The Avenue of the Giants, Ferndale, Shelter Cove and a Healthy Dose of Fiction

Julie Royce's picture

Retreat. The word conjures visions of luxury and purpose. Ours was no different. Three of us headed for Shelter Cove on the lost coast of California. Christened the "Lost Coast" after a 1930s population drain, the name reflects the area’s difficult accessibility. Challenges posed by the steep coastal mountains prevented construction along this stretch of Pacific coast and forced Highway 101 to jut inland. Travelers overlook this 80 mile stretch of the most undeveloped and underexplored portion of the California coast.

What to do with your kid at the airport?

by Ashley Steel / May 16, 2018 /
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You've got a lot of stuff, you're tense, you're tired, you're waiting for a plane, and you have a 4 year old (or a 6 yr old or a 9 yr old - they're all restless at the airport).  Maybe you have one hour to relax before the first flight or, perhaps, you have 4 hours to enjoy on a layover.  Yes!  "relax" and "enjoy".


How to: Plan a School Trip to Perfection

Asako Maruoka's picture

Planning a school trip is a lot like coordinating a large-scale battle…

And you’ve got an army of a million troops… 

And a billion things are likely to go wrong…

And while you’re planning the trip, you’re expected to balance a beach ball on your head while spinning more plates than a professional plate spinner at the Plate Spinning Olympics. 

But when a school trip, whether it’s a day in the countryside or a week in Barcelona, goes off without a hitch, there’s no stopping the feeling of pride that’ll race in your heart. 

Thomas Jefferson: American President...and Ice Cream Maker?

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What comes to mind when you think of Thomas Jefferson? Third president of the United States, check.

Principal author of the Declaration of Independence? Sure.

Founding Father of the American Nation? Without a doubt.

Developer of ice cream recipes? Well…maybe not.

Thomas Jefferson: American President...and Ice Cream Maker?

Digital Nomad Tips: Spreadsheets Errors Can Easily Cost Your Business a Lot of Money

Bert Maxwell's picture

Company spreadsheet errors are really dangerous for businesses. A minor mistake can lead to huge problems - and the big problem is that this is actually seen as being a normal thing. Companies do not pay close attention to these errors, so a lot of money is lost every single month. High-profile corporate blunders, like that of Enron, now ring alarm bells and business managers actively look for ways to make financial spreadsheets more error-free, but we are still a long way from success.