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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

As The Storm Clouds Gather: A Personal Story Part 2

4:45 pm. No Mom or Jennifer. Where were they? I was feeling somewhat better and got dinner for us. Then I stepped outside for just a moment. The neighbor lady was walking by and she told me that there was a Tornado Watch until 11 pm and to be sure to tell my Mother. “Okay” was all I said. The sky looked fine to me so I never gave it another thought.

8:50 pm. It was still pouring down rain very hard and the wind was blowing. Mom made a comment to me that the dog and cat were acting strange. I asked her what did she mean and she replied the dog seemed to be pacing and the cat was jumpy. My stomach ache was suddenly back again. I finished my homework. I told Mom I was sick and wanted to go to bed. Debbie had company over for the night, so she told me to go sleep in her bed and she would take the couch.

I was glad to finally be in bed. I then quickly reminded God of my prayers for everything to be normal by tomorrow morning. I glanced at the clock which said 9:15. I rolled over onto my stomach; I had no idea that in two hours, at 11:15 pm exactly, that same clock was going to come to a stop forever.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

As The Storm Clouds Gather: A Personal Story

As I began to awake I knew something was wrong. My Mother standing over me, trying to get me to move in a voice filled with fear. The telephone was ringing, the bedroom door stood ajar with a single light being cast down the long hallway from the Living room. I felt my youngest sister lying beside me and my body was suddenly hot and sweaty from her being so close to me as she slept. Jennifer Lynn. In all of her childhood moments she never let me get to far from her sight. That night was no different. I sat up and looked at my Mother and calmly said “Oh” as if I had been expecting it.

I sat in bed looking at the light coming down the hallway. Then I heard the next to the youngest sister’s feet hit the floor as she jumped down from the top bunk in her bedroom. Glancing quickly, I saw the rest of my sisters and one of their friends standing huddled in a corner. Back to the door my eyes went and in horror I watched as everything went into slow motion while my Mother was reaching for the door in a desperate attempt to keep it open until the last one of us was in the bedroom. But Tina never made it.

I watched her shadow in the hallway disappear just before the bedroom door was jerked from my Mother’s hands and slammed shut. The lights went out but the phone kept up its eerily ringing for a few seconds longer.  Then that fear of complete silence crept in as we all waited in the dark for it to come take us. A heavy stillness hung in the air.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An Independent Review On Gold Medal Wine Club by RevueZzle

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This week I decided to put Gold Medal Wine Club on the spotlight itself. I looked at many different reviews, (2014, 2015) where they were compared against other wine clubs. On average they were rated a 3 star out of the best top 5 and for the wine collectors they had an average rate of 2 out of 5.

Although these reviews were good overall, to me they were not defined enough and what kept standing out was the fact that they all said Gold Medal had very strict standards. So then, why were they rated a 3 average instead of a one or a two I kept asking myself? So, I went through all of the reviews again to find the common denominator. Price is what it came down to. All of the reviews said that compared to other wine clubs, that compared to other wine clubs, GM’s were higher.

Perhaps I am wrong, but I don’t think price should be in any part of a rating. I want to know about the wine. I can decide on what price I will pay. What I want is the rating on quality, their standards and consistency on those standards. How about special requests on hard to find wine? Are they flexible enough on delivery? What about customer service, do they excel? Is the website informative and user friendly? What about their guarantees?

So, I scrapped all of those reviews and instead looked for a good independent “stand alone” review and I wanted to get as current as I could. What follows is one of the most detailed I could find. In fact, so detailed, I did not include all of it, but you can find the full review at

Fall 2015

Gold Medal Wine Club Review

If you are on the hunt for those hard-to-find or highly rated wines, Gold Medal Wine Club is here to serve. As an independent wine club, they bring the most refined selections from boutique wineries around the globe to your door. With over six memberships and a PLUS add-on program, there is certainly a membership to suit everyone at Gold Medal Wine Club.
“Their specialty is award winning high quality wines from 
around the world.”

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Passion In A Bottle

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Valley Legend Wines

Valley Legend Wines is the result of a passion to make wine without compromise. Concentrating on the fundamentals and the history of wine making, winemaker Greg Lawson’s philosophy is to, “Allow the uncorrupted aspect of the process to flourish and accentuate.”
Their specialties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Valley Legend Wines states that they will only “work with the best of the best and prefers to let their wines speak for themselves”

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A passion becoming reality takes time, persistence, patience, faith, desire, and fearlessness. The Valley Legend wine project is the direct result of a constant dream to make a wine without compromise. To focus on the true fundamentals of winemaking and combine them with world class winemakers, the benefits of modern technology and technique and an undying respect for history. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Historic Buffalo Trace

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The first travel way across southern Indiana existed for centuries. While moving from the salt licks of Kentucky to the prairie grass of Illinois, the seasonal migration of the American bison created Indiana’s first highway, called the Buffalo Trace. Varying from 12 to 20 feet wide, the bison in some places on the trace had worn solid rock down to a depth of 12 feet.

Starting near modern- day Clarksville, Indiana, at the Falls of the Ohio, thousands of the bison would come together to cross the Ohio River at its shallowest point. After making the crossing, the bison then blazed a trail across southern Indiana to Vincennes, where they would then cross another river, the Wabash. At this point their trek together would end as they scattered to graze on the Illinois prairie grass...



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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Tom Sawyer National Festival

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June 30th – July 1st, 2016

The KICK OFF Time for the parade is 10:00 am Monday, July 4th. The Hannibal Jaycees’ Fourth of July is an annual event, a tradition, that everyone describes as a must see. Thousands will line up on Broadway and Main to see the parade and watch the colorful floats go by. They’ll get to see the fence painters, hear the local bands play and see lots of dancers.

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A proud tradition for 60 years, The Tom Sawyer National Festival has been held rain or shine in Hannibal. A huge Arts and Craft Festival, named the Samuel L. Clemens, is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Hannibal. Always located in Central Park close to all of the other activities, and will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the holiday. With 123 vendors this year get ready for some exercise. The Hannibal High School Booster Club will be offering fresh lemonade...


Independence Day in New York City Rolls in With a Bang


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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Independence Day in New York City Rolls in With a Bang

Independence Day in New York City Rolls in With a Bang

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Independence Day in New York City rolls in with a bang, as the city celebrates every July 4th with several unparalleled fireworks shows. The three main fireworks displays take place on the East River near Midtown, at South Street Seaport downtown, and on the Hudson in Jersey City at Liberty State Park.

From a high-up vantage point in Manhattan, one would be able to see all three displays at once! However, you may want to pick one location and set up with a picnic and a blanket in a nearby park - locations do fill up fast, so arrive in the afternoon and have fun with your family until sundown.





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Some consider the great New York City the cultural capital of the world and it is one of the most popular and dreamed of destinations by travellers everywhere. While there you’ll want to take time to admire the New York Skyline, see some of the world’s most famous monuments like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, see a show on Broadway, stare in awe at Times Square and so much more.

Exploring NYC will satisfy all of your traveling needs. You can see one of the world’s most beloved art museums, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and experience the most varied cultures of the world. In New York you will find a surprising and incredible mix of cultures from all over the world, making the cuisine and nightlife experience a constant surprise

Visit the city’s parks, go shopping, browse the art museums and take tours to learn more about the history and significance of the various places. New York, the Big Apple, will never get boring.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

7 Arguments For Starting This Healthy Ritual

7 Arguments For Starting This Healthy Ritual

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  1. Aids Digestion – Acid helps break down food. That’s why there is so much of it in our stomachs. The acid in lemons may be especially helpful to help supplement stomach acids, which decline as we get older.
  2. Helps You Stay Hydrated – Most of us don’t drink enough water. A daily lemon water habit is an easy way to get your day off on the right foot. How to know if you are drinking enough? Your urine is almost clear.
  3. Is Weight Loss Friendly – We’re creatures of habit. Ponder the impact of replacing your morning OJ or latte with lemon water. Not just once, but perhaps 20 times – and multiply that by 10 years. Your waistline will thank you.





Sunday, June 5, 2016

New York City Central Park Sightseeing Tours

“Located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, Central Park is an oasis inside 
one of the largest cities in the world.”

With 843 acres to discover and with over 47 miles of paths, there is a whole lot to see and do inside this unique park inside of a city. Yes, you will find beautiful gardens overflowing with flowers, but then you will also have the flavorful history, the architecture and the art as you wind around the perimeters of this park’s famous grounds.

With the walking tours, you have a choice of four. Today I will highlight just two of the tours. There is the Central Park tour. You can walk the park and see NYC landmarks up close. There are many bridges, fountains and statues that grace the park.

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The Boston 1755 Cape Ann Earthquake

The 1755 Cape Ann earthquake took place off the coast of the British Province of Massachusetts Bay (present-day Massachusetts) on November 18. At between 6.0 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, it remains the largest earthquake in the history of Massachusetts.

No one was killed, but it damaged hundreds of buildings in Boston and was felt as far north as Nova Scotia and as far south as South Carolina. Sailors on a ship more than 200 miles (320 km) offshore felt the quake, and mistook it at first for their ship running aground.
Many residents of Boston and the surrounding areas attributed the quake to God, and it occasioned a brief increase in religious fervor in the city.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Walk the Historic Freedom Trail Tour in Boston

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Featuring 16 historic sites along the way, the trail is easy to follow as it features red brick and a red painted line that guides visitors to each landmark. Your starting point will be Boston Common and will then wind you through the 2.5 miles to the end.

“Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.”


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fruit Infusion Recipes by Amy Pogue

All are for 32 ounces unless noted

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Mandarin Orange
3 mandarin oranges or tangerines

Remove the rind and separate the mandarin slices with your fingers. It’s okay if the slices are in groups of two or three. Important: cut the slices in half with a knife. This will allow the juices to seep out and infuse.
Fill your water bottle and lower the infusion chamber into the water. Running water over the infusion chamber will result in floater.
Put the water bottle in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours, or overnight. Longer infusions result in more flavor. The longer the more flavor.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Power of Fruit Infusion
by Micky Gramlin

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This past Christmas, my Mother gave all of us a ‘fruit infusion pitcher’. Everyone seemed to appreciate getting the gift, but I had no idea what it was. Later at home I tried to find directions on how to use and found none so I just put it in the cabinet and forgot about it.

Of course, my Mother would have none of that. One day she showed up and made a batch for me. I was sold. Now I cannot live without it. I love the taste and the varieties of flavors you can get. I also like the fact that the pitcher can be refilled, depending on your personal tastes, an average of 5 times.

This morning I woke up wondering if there were any health benefits drinking ‘fruit infusion water’ and discovered yes, there were many and so I decided to pass the information on.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

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Essential Items for Your Office First-Aid Kit 

by Zara Corzine

Some small businesses are truly dangerous places to work. However, for an office-bound small business, paper cuts and bruised egos are the most common ailments. Still, it’s important to always have a well-stocked first-aid kit available. Here are some suggestions.

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Monday, April 25, 2016


Discover and Experience the Best Drive in the USA

“The Great River Road is arguably the longest and most important scenic byway in the USA.”

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. For most, the journey takes an average of 4 to 10 days. And for those driving straight through, it will take around 36 hours from north to south.

Created in 1938 from a network of federal, state, and local roads, the road forms a single route along the Mississippi north to south. When laid out, the road was designed to enhance and “show off” the 10 states along the Big Muddy from its headwaters to its mouth.

From the Delta to the Gulf Coast, you will experience some of the best food, culture and history as you make your way. Each state along the river offers something unique to the visitors. The Mississippi is the birthplace of the delta blues and as you wind your way thru this mystic river land, the beaches and the islands will play to you often.

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Natchez, MS

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