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The Best Worst Time For A Mancation
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The Best Worst Time For A Mancation

Kids CDs still arrive at my door, a couple each week. It’s a decidedly slower pace than in my kindie writing heyday but still a significant number when you consider I haven’t properly reviewed an album in years. Right now, there’s a new one sitting atop of a stack of […]

Carrie Underwood and Miss USA Deshauna Barber Introduce America to the Carnival Vista
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Carrie Underwood and Miss USA Deshauna Barber Introduce America to the Carnival Vista

After a brilliant 5-month run in the Mediterranean, carrying thousands of guests from Barcelona to Athens, and back again, along with stops at multiple thrilling European ports in between, the Carnival Vista sailed into American waters on November 4th 2016. To celebrate the Vista’s arrival to Manhattan pier in NYC, […]

Cruise Port Review: The VIP Treatment on the Beach in Ocho Rios Jamaica
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Cruise Port Review: The VIP Treatment on the Beach in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Sometimes you know immediately that you’ve made the correct decision. It took me about, oh I dunno, 25 steps or so to see that in choosing the Bamboo Beach Club VIP excursion during our Ocho Rios port of call stop while cruising on the Carnival Splendor this fall, we absolutely […]

Every Child Should Take a Cruise, Here’s Why
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Every Child Should Take a Cruise, Here’s Why

It’s not only the 24-hour ice cream and free kid’s camp on board Carnival Cruise ships. There’s another, potentially life altering reason every kid should take a cruise. Whether it’s for a stretch of 4, 6, 7, 8 or 10 days, when a child cruises they gain not only the […]

The Mighty Pen: Carnival Cruise Ships
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The Mighty Pen: Carnival Cruise Ships

There were several sweet pens in my starting rotation that had me excited to push publish on the idea of The Mighty Pen last week. The Westin pen from Memphis was one of those, and it was with that pen that I scribbled down this crazy new endeavor. Another is […]

Cruise Port Review: Heraklion Crete and the Birthplace of Zeus
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Cruise Port Review: Heraklion Crete and the Birthplace of Zeus

We don’t have many nautical miles under our belt but we know enough to say that Caribbean ports are generally easier to navigate on foot than European ones. I’m sure there’s a logical reason for that, namely that you will be greeted by sleepy beaches and/or walkable beach towns vs. […]

The Best Medieval Castle in England
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The Best Medieval Castle in England

My wife hit a couple of balls out of the park during our U.K. road trip, most notably a gem of a restaurant find in Liverpool and the recommendation to visit Bodiam Castle on our 2nd to last day in England. Why was a visit to Bodiam Castle a home […]

A Visit To The Real Hundred Acre Wood In England with Piglet and Pooh
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A Visit To The Real Hundred Acre Wood In England with Piglet and Pooh

Maybe it’s because I too long to write stories for young people like A. A. Milne did, thus becoming, like him and his Winnie-the-Pooh books, a small but meaningful part of the childhoods of countless kids. Or maybe it’s because I generally adore childhood so damn much or because Piglet, […]

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