United States

We Have Lift Off!

The second time is the charm for the crew aboard SpaceX’s Dragon perched atop a Falcon 9 rocket as they rode their way into history. A lot has been made out of the launch this past weekend because the US is sending astronauts to space from American soil again. The real reason to be excited […]

Coffee Dates Continue

The “Stay at Home” recommendation that many of us are under has really changed the way we live our lives. We’ve moved our offices into our homes, walk around the block instead of going to the gym, and don’t “go shopping” as something to do. Yet, we don’t have to leave all our traditions behind, […]

The Planet is Closed

The global pandemic of Covid-19 has closed the planet until further notice. The shops, restaurants, and countless businesses, and even entire countries are closed, 43 countries in fact.  We love to travel and we most definitely are not traveling anytime in the near future.  We are, however, doing the few things we can do-we are […]

A Sea Safari for Sea Cows

A Sea Safari for Sea Cows

Last weekend, we had the chance to check another experience off our list of Florida adventures: getting up close and personal with the manatee. What is a manatee, you might ask? Manatees are large, fully aquatic, herbivorous marine mammals commonly referred to as sea cows. You can find three different kinds of gentle sea creatures: […]

A Day Trip to the World

We live an hour away from a land of dreams. A world where fantasy and reality meet to inspire. You may think we are talking about the Magic Kingdom. You’re close but we are talking about the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or EPCOT for short. The vision for EPCOT was to include an urban […]

The Scarlet Rails of South Florida

Virgin Trains, a subsidiary of Virgin Group, is a privately funded rail company is developing 170 miles of new track into the completed state-of-the-art intermodal facility located in the new South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) as part of the company’s Phase 2 expansion into Central Florida. “This is a historic milestone on […]

Cruising Conference

Cruising Conference

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) announced at its conference this weekend that they are stepping up efforts to make the USVI an even greater destination for the cruise industry. The USVI delegation, which included Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, his team at the Department of Tourism and representatives from The West Indian Company Limited and […]

Buddhist Church?

You would refer to a Buddhist house of worship as a temple, right? On a recent trip to San Jose, I found out that isn’t always the case. The San Jose Buddhist Church was founded in 1902 by Japanese and other Asian immigrants in the city’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) neighborhood. I found that designation as a […]

Internment of Japanese Americans (1942-1944)

The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country. The number of Americans incarcerated was between 110,000 and 120,000. At least 65% of those interned were full-fledged United States citizens. The forced relocation of these […]

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

I made some time during my work trip to San Jose, California to leave the convention center and do a little exploring. The trip from downtown to Japan Town only cost about $15 dollars in a Lyft and took only about 10 minutes. I’ve been told that San Jose is only one of a handful […]