Posts made in July, 2014

Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 2 comments

Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

In the final countdown for our fall trip to Europe, I began to look at the pros and cons of purchasing a travel walking staff or cane. I wasn’t really sure which would best meet my needs and have the assistance and stabilization benefits I desired when walking on uneven ground and cobblestone streets. I started my research by looking at three options, all of which needed to have the prime features of being light weight and collapsible in order to fit in my suitcase: 1. Walking Stick: Walking sticks have been around for ages. First used by shepherds to assist with their job of protecting the flock from thieves and predators and also to help them traverse the steep craggy rocks of the grazing fields. Later walking sticks became a status symbol when brandished by...

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Dandelions and Daydreams

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Family Treasures | 4 comments

Dandelions and Daydreams

Here Grandma…I picked you some flowers. It’s the voice of my five year old grandson as he comes running in from playing outside. I look up from my computer knowing full well that the flowers will be bright yellow with pointy pedals. The stems will be gangly and long with very few leaves. The stems will either be picked too short, or so long that they are broken from being held too tight. Do you love them, Grandma? Yes, I do. Just as I loved them when your mother was little and your Uncle before her. And just as I love you for bringing them to me. As I place the flowers in a vase, I am taken back to so many other dandelions that have sat on my windowsill over the past thirty years that I have been a mother. I feel so blessed by the “flowers” that my children have...

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10 Tips for Great Travel Photographs

»Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 2 comments

10 Tips for Great Travel Photographs

The secret to taking great travel photos lies in your own eyes and how you see the world. Taking a trip is exciting, but once you are home all you have are a few mementos…and hopefully some great photographs. More and more photographs are being taken in today’s technology world than ever before in the history of over 100 years of photography. But with “point and shoots” and camera phones, have we lost our “eye” for capturing a fantastic image? How do we take a photograph that will keep our travel memory alive for years to come? First, you need to invest in a good camera or camera phone that fits your budget, ability and needs. Read the reviews such as those found on the website Digital Trends before you shop, and make a list of what features are your “must haves”...

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