Candy Canes in the Caribbean

It’s the holidays! Is a “white Christmas” not your idea of a good time? Does pulling on boots and shoveling snow deplete your holiday spirit? Then it might be time to seek out a tropical destination like Beaches Turks and Caicos. Picture this: You step onto your airplane amid the snow and sleet, and you... Continue Reading →

My Big Fat Swim Partner

It’s the New Year! And even in the Sunshine State, people are dealing with chilly temperatures. So you might not get excited to step your toes into the cold waters of Crystal River in Florida. But do it! Slip on one of the wetsuits provided by Manatee Fun Tours (www.manateefun.com) because they payoff is well... Continue Reading →

A Whale of a Trip to Remember

Hawaii is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Depending on where a person lives, the plane tickets alone can cost as much as an entire vacation elsewhere. But with so much to see and do—like snorkeling through coral reefs, visiting Volcanoes National Park, sifting your toes through green sand at Papakōlea beach, or surfing off Hawaii’s famed black... Continue Reading →

A book review of Out of my Mind

Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper is about the life of Melody, the story’s ten-year-old protagonist who has cerebral palsy, which makes her unable to walk or talk. However, she has a photographic memory and, despite being teased by the popular girls and being called “retarded,” she is extremely smart. In the exposition... Continue Reading →

A Spook-tacular Disney Cruise

Halloween is in the air. It’s that special time of year that ghosts peek out of their hiding places, and the only night when you might be greeted by a zombie on your doorstep without even having to worry about your brains being eaten. As the autumn leaves fall on your lawn and you power... Continue Reading →

Arizona: My fifth grade term paper

Arizona is a spectacular state with eye-popping scenery and wide open spaces.  It offers a diverse selection of places to experience that a person simply cannot see anyplace else on the planet. With a climate that lures tourists and permanent residents alike, Arizona is definitely a place to put on one’s “must-see” list. Perhaps Arizona’s... Continue Reading →

A New Approach to Valentine’s Day

When most people think of Valentine’s Day, they conjure up images of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, expensive meals out, and the extensive workouts in the gym it will take to burn off those extra calories. There can be so much stress with this holiday—pressure to give the right thing to the right person, and the... Continue Reading →

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