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World Domination Summit fireworks

4th of July, a different side of me, and a world domination summit in Portland

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.

Pittsburgh movies Carrie's Furnace

The Caped Crusader, an unstoppable train, and the perfect Hollywood script

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!

Briggs Jeremy reuniting Myrtle Beach

Reuniting with the past in South Carolina

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.

Downtown Pittsburgh skyline PNC Park

A walk through Pittsburgh (photo essay)

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.

Hole in the Rock Papago Park Phoenix AZ

My 10 interesting facts about Phoenix

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 [...]

Pittsburgh renaissance skyline Gateway Clipper

My next destination: a Pittsburgh Renaissance

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 [...]

things to do in Phoenix AZ Sonoran desert

5 outdoor things to do in Phoenix

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 [...]

Hiking Camelback mountain Cholla Trail

Hiking Camelback Mountain on the Cholla trail

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 [...]