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Recently, after years of inadequate solutions to my carry-on bag problem, I had to finally purchase one that suited all my needs. The search was far too long and tedious. After all, how hard is it find a tote bag with a shoulder strap, multiple organizer pockets, and a laptop compartment? Apparently, I underestimated what's out there and, perhaps, my overly critical...

You may recall that I purchased an annual National parks pass in anticipation of my visit to Utah last year.  Since I was visiting Gatlinburg again to spend time with family, I figured that we might as well check out the Great Smokies while we were there. Due to an agreement between the state of Tennessee and the Federal government, the Great Smoky Mountains...

Previously, I shared one of my favorite ways to deal with stress. While gaming is a great way to unwind after a hectic shift, I found an even better, long-term way to alleviate stress: loom knitting! Knitting without needles has been incredibly therapeutic. It's relaxing, keeps me focused on achieving a goal and once I've finished a project, I have something...

One of the most frustrating aspects of creating the garden of your dreams is the astronomical costs of supplanting barren land with healthy, lush plants.   Look at any gardening magazine and you will be inundated with photos of the most elaborately spectacular gardens you've ever seen.  Depending on where you live, where you shop or your personal tastes, it can potentially become an...

A lot has been said about Chicago in recent years, the majority of it negative. But when I think of Chicago, I remember walking across the Dearborn Street Bridge with my girlfriends as we embarked on another exciting day of adventure. We spent four glorious days touring the city back in the summer of 2009. Numerous rides on the L Train took us to block parties that...

 Travel Photo Tuesday is Back! Today's photo is one that I took in downtown Atlanta during  DragonCon in 2015.  This annual event takes place over the Labor Day weekend.  You will geek out at the various cosplays exhibited by some rather uninhibited folk - young and old - who spend months designing and executing their elaborate costumes.   DragonCon is one of the largest multi-genre pop-culture...