Bird Watching in Your Backyard

holding a bird south dakota birding festival

Today, January 5, is Bird Day – which means it’s the perfect day to share an article I recently published about backyard bird watching. Filled with handy tips I learned at the South Dakota Birding Festival last spring, as well as a few easy bird feeders you can make right now with items you have […]

6 Terrific Midwest Cities for Family Fun in the Winter

Gateway Arch Beyond the Old Courthouse, St Louis

The Midwest is filled with surprises most people don’t know about. Try one of these Midwest cities for family fun during the winter months! Things to Do in the Winter with Kids in the Midwest published by Minitime In the northern part of the center of the US lies a cluster of states affectionately known, […]

Mankato Christmas Lights: Making the Holiday Merry & Bright

Kiwanis Holiday Lights, Mankato Christmas Lights, Minnesota

Isn’t it funny how the things you tend to really enjoy you just don’t do yourself? Take Christmas light displays, for example. I will drive miles to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights. But in my own yard… well, we have a couple of lawn decorations. Sad, but true. Though we didn’t drive to […]

The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch is a “Natural” Choice for Family Vacations in Hendricks County, Indiana

Friendly farm cat at Natural Valley Ranch; Indianapolis vacation home

Our stay at the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. There is just something about a farm cottage that immediately relaxes me. Maybe it’s the wrap around porch that I can all too easily imagine spending evenings relaxing on, listening to crickets chirp and birds twitter as […]

Nobody Leaves Indy Without Visiting the Track

funny cars at the Chevrolet Performance  Nationals

Our afternoon at Lucas Oil Raceway was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. My age is likely showing here, but does anyone remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting? The part where the babysitter and the kids are running to get away from the car thieves and they enter a Blues club through the back door […]

Exploring Omaha Without a Car

Exploring Omaha Without a Car

This trip was arranged in partnership with and Visit Omaha. I can’t even recall the last time I was in Omaha to visit. I think it may have been when I was a child and my parents took me to the zoo. So… let’s conservatively estimate it to have been about 30 years ago. It’s embarrassing […]