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March 2009, Page 2


And a tip of our green, St. Patrick’s Day hat to Mexico’s government, through new methods of technology, recognizing models for sustainable ecological development .  The travel industry is getting “greener” at a rapid pace from many forms of transportation – trains to planes – and are putting less toxic entities into our atmosphere.… Read the rest


Did you know that the Galapagos Islands are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of British naturalist Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”?  For most of us, it was a quizzical concept of evolution.  Much of it was based on Darwin’s observation of the islands’ unique flora and fauna. … Read the rest


I write blogs for a women’s website, and every day my horizons expand.  Sue Ann, who is an excellent blogger, passes along interesting information.  Today, I learned about Wizard Academy (founded in 2000 –  and having nothing to do with Harry Potter)  in Austin, Texas. … Read the rest


Johnny Depp had better sharpen his sword.  There is a bunch of really nasty pirates in the Gulf of Aden in the waters off Somalia.

In a Travel Pulse story from March 5, 2009 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral took evasive action after a suspected pirate threat March 3 in those waters. … Read the rest


If I told you that business is booming across the board in the travel industry, I know that you would question my understanding of today’s economy.

Tour companies, hotels, cruise lines, resorts and airlines are scurrying to stay alive through creative marketing techniques and sales. … Read the rest


Daily my e-mail averages about 100-122 bits of information from what my daughter calls “dancing elfs” to brain twisters on new tecky developments to gloom and doom.

I’d been watching government members twittering each other from what they had for breakfast to comments on bills before The House. … Read the rest


A friend of mine, who often surprises me, sent an e-mail about the amazing health benefits of drinking lemon water.  I have read articles in which the lemon seems to be a highly discussed fruit.  Tom’s coverage referred to lemons from the trees in the yards of neighbors and what could be called “organically grown” fruit which hasn’t been sprayed by 5,000 chemicals.… Read the rest

THE ALPHA DOG by Mary Allan Mill

A former roommate of mine at boarding school recently passed away, and I found that her daughter is “The Dog Whisperer” for Belgium.  I have several friends in this country who watch the television program, and have raved about the concept.… Read the rest

The Lemming Principle

When we are faced with a decision, and we’re not sure what to do, usually we’ll just go with the majority opinion. When do we begin adopting this strategy of “following the crowd”? In a new report in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychologists Kathleen H.… Read the rest

Heart Hazards of Woeful Wives

Newswise – Women in strained marriages are more likely to feel depressed and suffer high blood pressure, obesity and other signs of “metabolic syndrome,” a group of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, University of Utah psychologists found.

The same study found men in strained marriages also are more likely to feel depressed, yet – unlike women – do not face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by five symptoms: hypertension, obesity around the waistline, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low levels of HDL, which is “good cholesterol.”… Read the rest


I have almost figured out how to use my son’s laptop, and I admit to having glanced at a Blackberry or two and, along with a stare at an IPhone, it ended there.

Thanks to Kate Rice, Executive Editor of  Travel Technology, I found that there’s a new guy on the block – a Netbook. … Read the rest


Joyously, no matter where you roam, the race to green the environment is on.  Our slowed economy has affected it to some degree.  One of the main concerns is traffic on roads and highways, gas emissions being one of the core sources of pollution. … Read the rest