Category Archives: Travel | Sports | Fitness

No Blue Sky: An American Traveler’s Glimpse of China

 “No Blue Sky” is a travel journal in a published book format based on the author’s first-time vacation trip with her husband to China. Mrs. Burkett provides a narrative of her adventures on Chinese soil – sightseeing, eating, and learning. Daily activities and pre-flight preparations are described in great detail, sometimes entailing lots of unnecessary …

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My Top 40 at 40: Making the First Half Count

A few years ago when I was still a “newbie” writer I remember doing some “suggested” reading so that I would have a better understanding of  the “Industry.” My first mistake was listening to this person’s “helpful” advice; my second was actually following through with it. When you’re just starting out as a writer; working …

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Myanmar: In My Father’s Footsteps

Having recently finished reading my copy of “Naga Queen,” written by Pauline Hayton, and having enjoyed that historical novel immensely; when I was subsequently asked if I would be interested in reviewing her book “Myanmar: In My Father’s Footsteps” I happily, and immediately, accepted. Unlike the author’s previous book that I had read “Myanmar: In …

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SEAsoned: A Chef’s Journey with Her Captain

After always working on other ships and playing second fiddle, it was time for Patrick and Victoria to set out on their very own ship.  Instead of playing the role of first mate, Patrick would finally be the Captain.  Victoria was experienced as a chef and that, among other roles, would be her position on …

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Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure

This is a fantastic story of love.  One that I did not know if I would be able to enjoy. However, as Julian Smith tells the story of a little known explorer and intermingles it with his own story, it’s hard not to fall in love with "Crossing the Heart of Africa.” Ewart Grogan was …

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The Dawn of Silva

In Olivia Wilde’s novel, “The Dawn of Silva,” Alex and Shari are casting for a movie.  Alex is dead set on having Ashlyn be the lead role in the film.  There is a problem though and that is that she cannot be found.  So, Shari sets out on a mission to track down the elusive …

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Innocent War

In the opening pages of Susan Violante’s “Innocent War,” Violante tells that reader that, “I wrote a book to get to know my father, and in the process I got to know myself.  This didn’t come without hardship, loneliness, disappointment, and frustration as I set myself to break the circle of silence between parents and …

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Letters to Zerky: A Father’s Legacy to a Lost Son and a Road Trip around the World

When I first set eyes on Bill Raney’s “Letters to Zerky: A Father’s Legacy to a Lost Son and a Road Trip around the World,” I found the cover to be very intriguing.  This would definitely be a book that would grab my attention in a book store setting. After reading the book, I was …

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Carless in Chicago

This is a guide on how to live without a car specific to Chicago without sacrificing anything and even winning at the end. One day, the author got fed up with all the stress and troubles that come with driving a car in a large metropolitan area like Chicago – traffic jams, trouble finding parking, …

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A Perfect Season: A Coach’s Journey to Learning, Competing and Having Fun in Youth Baseball

In “A Perfect Season: A Coach’s Journey to Learning, Competing and Having Fun in Youth Baseball,” author Dan Clemens tells us that “In the United States between 40 and 60 million kids play organized sports each year.  And of the 2 to 6 million coaches leading these teams, 85 percent are dads coaching their own …

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