The Intoxicating Life of Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway throughout his life.

Back in 2007, I visited Hemingway’s home and his hangout Sloppy Joe’s while in Key West.  After touring his beautiful two-story that remains home to many six-toed cats,  I checked out the gift shop and purchased one of his most favorite novels, A Farewell to Arms.  I was intrigued by what I had learned about […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District & the Rookery

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One of my favorite books that I have read this year was a historical fiction novel titled Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. The book is about a scandalous love affair that Frank Lloyd Wright had with one of his clients which began in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.  This book was a page-turner, and […]

The Birthplace of Gone With The Wind


Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize novel, Gone With The Wind has sold Thirty-three million copies since it first hit bookstores in 1936.  This historical romance is the 8th most read book in the world. I am one of that thirty-three million.  I love the book and the 1939 movie that won 10 Academy Awards in 1940.  Scarlet […]

Coe Hall Mansion at Planting Fields State Historic Park


Last week while roaming Barnes and Nobel, I stumbled upon what many people consider to be the “Great American Novel” on the summer reading table, The Great Gatsby.  I ended up purchasing The Great Gatsby wanting to re-read it from my high school days before the new movie comes out May 2013.  Reading through F. […]

12 Long Island Family Day Trips to Experience in 2012


Just east of New York City is the eleventh largest island in the United States.  It is a great, beautiful Long Island, and it has been my home for the last ten years.  Known for its gold coast and gorgeous beaches, Long Island also offers many cultural, historical and science-based attractions for families.  Proximity to Manhattan makes […]

Discovering America through the National Park Service


Earlier this week I attended parent-teacher conference at my son’s Junior High School.  I experienced a “proud parenting” moment,  when the social studies teacher, Ms. Quinn referred to my son and said “sometimes he raises his hand and shares facts that I learned in college!”  I smiled and told her that we traveled frequently and […]

The House of Seven Gables


Anyone who has read The House of  Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne would enjoy touring the house that inspired his gothic novel.  The house, one time owned by Hawthorne’s cousin Susanna Ingersol is in Salem, Massachusetts.  The childhood stories Hawthorne heard from his cousin inspired him to write the famous novel, but he was adamant about the […]

A Walk Through the Classics in Concord


Concord, Massachusetts, is a quaint town entrenched in the history of the American Revolution just outside of Boston. The city is known to captivate literary enthusiasts since it was home to some of the greatest minds in America; Louisa May Alcottt, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorn. To embrace the area, I recommend starting […]

Sleepy Hollow…Where the Legend Comes Alive


Every year in Sleepy Hollow, New York,  Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow comes alive.  The event takes place the last four weekends of October and quite popular, so it is helpful to purchase tickets ahead of time online at There are several events in Sleepy Hollow that makes celebrating Halloween spooky and […]