North America Articles

A Great Boutique in Carmel

June 6, 2017 2:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: Addresses in Carmel do not have street numbers. The most accurate address for Ami is Delores between 5th and 6th. In addition to writing about the local sights and history when I travel, I love bringing attention to great local businesses. Last summer I wrote about my favorite restaurant... read more

Monterey County Part III

May 30, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Today is about the town of Monterey, which is on the Bay, so you’re looking at it. Just as Monterey County is rich in beauty, artistic endeavor, agriculture and fishing, so the town at its center has an equally rich heritage. Monterey has four historical layers.

Monterey County Part II

May 26, 2017 1:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Monterey County Part II” could also be called John Steinbeck Country. The places at issue are the agricultural communities of Salinas, Castroville and Watsonville as well as the town of Monterey. We’re into Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row territory here. If Part I was about artists and Hollywood stars... read more

Monterey County Part I

May 23, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“Monterey County Part I” could also be called Clint Eastwood Country. The places at issue are the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-sea and Carmel Valley. I’m lucky enough to be staying this week in Carmel Valley. Here’s my view:

Orlando: An Odd Mix

April 18, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Beauty and the Beast, as apt a metaphor for Orlando as I can think of at the moment The first book in my new shapeshifter series is Buy Me Love, and it will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books and Kobo on May 11. On Easter... read more

Miami & Palm Beach

March 24, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The second-to-last stop on our Southeast Coast Road Trip was Miami. I skipped right over this part of the trip and wrote all about Cuba (see parts 1, 2, 3, and 4), but I wanted to make sure I shared about this part of our journey too. We stayed two... read more

Cuba – Day Four

March 21, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For our second daytrip we decided to go to the closest fancy beach, Varadero, a little more than two hours east of Havana. To the north of the peninsula is the Gulf of Mexico. To the south is the Bahia de Cardenas. The peninsula is so narrow that, at some... read more

Cuba – Day Three

March 17, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For those who have been to any other Caribbean island, what’s remarkable about Cuba is its size. It is much bigger than, say, Puerto Rico. Three hours to the west, in Pinar del Río, are the tobacco farms. Four hours to the south and west is the town of Cienfuegos... read more

Havana Cuba — Day One

March 7, 2017 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Title Image: Spanish Embassy on San Francisco Square So … last Tuesday morning when I woke up, I had no idea I would be in Havana, Cuba the next day. But that’s what happened. Here’s how: Friend and co-author Phillip called me to say he had a last-minute invitation to... read more