Fireworks. Meant to symbolize “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air.” Something that was tragic and ugly we now celebrate as beautiful and a symbol of our freedom. What if we spent more time embracing the tragic, broken, and ugly in our lives as it becomes a symbol of freedom and beauty? I came to Portland to be a part of the World Domination Summit. It isn’t as scary as it sounds. We don’t want to take over the world; just make it a better place to live.
Batman roams the dark streets of Gotham as a hero with a dark past. Nearby, a runaway train races down the tracks ready to destroy anything that gets in its path. In a nearby prison, a flesh eating psychopath torments and plays games with an FBI agent. Has this city gone mad? Not at all. Welcome to Pittsburgh – the Hollywood of the East!
I landed late on a Thursday night in Myrtle Beach. Ten years have passed since I last visited here. Nearly twenty years had passed since I lived here. Over the next couple of days, I revisited the places and memories of my teenage years. Both Myrtle Beach and I have changed.
A cold, overcast day greeted me as I took my first steps through downtown Pittsburgh. From the days of the Steel City, the city of Pittsburgh has received a makeover. I was here to experience the Pittsburgh Renaissance for myself.
In the last 12 years, I’ve visited Phoenix four times. I’ve hiked to the top of a mountain, seen a few sporting events, eaten some delicious food, gotten lost in the desert, and even spent a night vomiting in a hotel room. OK, I made one of those up (you’ll have to read more to [...]
The grass is greener, the days are longer, and the colors are on full display. So what better place to visit in Spring than a blue collar, working class destination once known as the Steel City! From April 16 to 19, I will be visiting Pittsburgh thanks to Visit Pittsburgh. While I visited Philadelphia years [...]
Is Phoenix just a winter oasis? With the desert heat of summer, Phoenix can be a brutal outside. However, this area offers a number of outdoor activities that you can enjoy most of the year. After spending a week in Phoenix during the winter, I spent most of my time outdoors. While I’m not a [...]
The weather was warm and mild on this winter Arizona day. I awoke later than expected after a great game at the Fiesta Bowl and a fun night in Scottsdale. Now I was ready to take on the best hiking destination in Phoenix – Camelback Mountain. I’ve hiked some of the best hiking trails in [...]