Riding the Rails to Canada, Eh?

Here in North America, Amtrak along with VIA Rail make crossing the border between the United States and Canada a unique experience with a variety of routes. In June of this year, the United States legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, ten years after it was made legal nationally in Canada. What this means is that LGBT couples and families can now explore both countries with the same freedoms that straight couples and their offspring are accustomed to.

Amtrak Canadian Destinations

Canada’s urban centers offer an array of LGBT activities, such as film festivals, sporting events, theater, music and Pride celebrations. The climate […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Blog

Back to School, Then and Now

The first days of school used to be exciting when I was a kid. New clothes, new notebooks, new teachers — and the new school year offered a chance to start fresh and begin again. It didn’t matter that I was still the same person, a shy, square peg among mean girls and rowdy boys in the suburbs of Chicago. Each new school year began with the possibility that things would be different — that school would be fun and that I wouldn’t be on the receiving end of bullying.

Bullies were an inherent part of childhood then. Dealing with them was considered […]

By |September 17th, 2015|Blog

On a Quest for the Best

On a balmy July night in Jacksonville, my son and I held a heated debate. It wasn’t our first time for this battle, nor will it be our last.

“Okay, I agree it’s below North Carolina, but it’s higher than St. Louis,” I maintained.

“No way!” he declared. “Not even better than Decatur!”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about! Let’s say, right above that corner spot in Jackson and leave it at that,” I brokered.

“I can live with that,” he acquiesced.

Our battle: Best Roadside BBQ in America.

In my love of travel I’ve found that having a quest to […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Blog
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    How America’s Smallest State Played a Huge Role in the Gay Rights Movement

How America’s Smallest State Played a Huge Role in the Gay Rights Movement

It may be America’s smallest state, but Rhode Island has played an awfully big role in the gay rights movement. In fact, you can draw a line from two of our biggest recent victories — nationwide marriage equality and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — to events in “Little Rhody.”

But that historical impact isn’t always obvious. Just take Newport, the impossibly charming little town where you can tour legendary mansions like the Breakers or shop at the Drawing Room, a gay-owned antiques store that even Barbra Streisand has visited. These days, it’s a perfect getaway spot, but in 1919, Newport housed a […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Blog

What A Beach

I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from last winter. When I open the door to go outside, I’m still surprised to find that I’m greeted by a wave of heat and humidity, not the sharp sting of frigid temperatures and biting winds.

But we did survive the winter and summer is upon us. Finally! The heat has beckoned us to shed our protective winter skins of coats and scarves, gloves and hats. Finally, our collective cabin fever has broken and we can go outside and enjoy the weather! To that end, many of us, at some point, will break free from our […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Blog