Should We Celebrate the ADA Anniversary?

barrier-418450_640Recently I’ve seen a lot of posts and comments from younger people who think we shouldn’t celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), quite simply because it does not go far enough. They claim that without any real enforcement, public entities are not held to the standards laid out by the US Access Board. Continue reading

Symphony in the Flint Hills – an Impressive and Accessible Event

Cowboy along the trail to the concert site

I first learned about the Symphony in the Flint Hills 10 years ago as I was passing through Kansas. My schedule was packed so I couldn’t hang around for the inaugural event, but I was impressed with the thought that the organizers were putting into access and inclusion. I vowed I would return for the concert someday. Fast forward 10 years, and that “someday” finally came to pass last Saturday. Continue reading

Ride ‘Em Cowboy…and Cowgirl!

Team Roping -- not just for men at the Cody Night Rodeo

I’m a rodeo gal at heart. After all, some of my earliest memories are of the Clovis Rodeo, watching my dad ride saddle broncs and bulls. So I’m thrilled whenever I have the opportunity to take in a rodeo on my travels. Such was the case last night, when I got to enjoy the famous Cody Night Rodeo – the longest running night rodeo in the country. Continue reading

Celebrate Spring at Carmel’s East End Wine Row

It’s been a long hard winter, so make plans to welcome spring this year at Carmel Valley’s East End Wine Row Spring Celebration. Slated for Sunday April 28th, from 1-5 p.m., the event will feature appetizers and wine tasting, live cooking demonstrations and garden tips from a Master Gardener. Continue reading

Spring Fundraiser for Monterey Food Bank

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea

One of my biggest pet peeves is hunger in America. With all the resources that our country has, I just don’t feel that people should go hungry. But unfortunately they do. That’s why I was happy to hear about Hofsas House Third Annual Fundraiser for the Food Bank for Monterey County. Continue reading

Free Alcatraz Exhibit Coming to San Francisco

Alcatraz Lighthouse, in front of the cell blockI’ve always been fascinated with the history of Alcatraz. I remember watching The Birdman of Alcatraz when I was young, and of course I totally loved Escape from Alcatraz and The Rock. And I was totally wowed when I visited the one-time prison and got to talk to a former guard. Wow, did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading

Objects of Belief from the Vatican — Opening This Weekend

Mbulu-ngulu, (Reliquary Figure) Gabon, Kota people, (Obamba or Mindumu group) Late 19th-early 20th century Copper, brass, iron, wood, 101060. Photo © Vatican Museums

If you happen to be traveling to San Francisco between now and September 8, 2013, be sure and check out the excellent Objects of Belief from the Vatican exhibition at the de Young Museum.  Although there are only 39 objects in this well-curated collection, they each tell a unique story. And since none of the artifacts have ever been out of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, this special exhibition is even more intriguing. Continue reading

Win Gift Card and Road Trip Book

In celebration of the release of my latest book – 22 Accessible Road Trips; Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers I’m having a drawing for a copy of the book and a $25 Visa gift card to start you on your travels. Continue reading