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    What America Means to Me

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    America is a tired farmer wiping sweat from his brow as he sits on a flatbed of hay that he’s baled in a central Indiana field. America is the timeless beauty of the orange Texas sun glowing down on the ageless bricks of the Alamo at dusk. America is a child with a red face […]

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    Living Beyond Breast Cancer: “We Can Survive” Concert Oct 24

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    STAR-STUDDED “WE CAN SURVIVE” CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO BENEFIT LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER OCTOBER 24. 2014 #WCS Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum and Gwen Stefani to Headline   Join me at the We Can Survive Concert presented by 5-hour ENERGY and CBS Radio benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer […]

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    India: If Not Now, Then When

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    India: If Not Now, Then When “Excuse me miss, are you travelling by yourself?” he asked. “Yes”, she replied rather vehemently. A tiny voice inside her head murmuring out aloud reminding her that this was such a contrast to the somewhat awkward self-conscious girl she once was. That was two years ago. In an ‘if […]

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    Revisiting Hong Kong and Its (Disappearing) Neon Signs

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    I still remember my first impressions of Hong Kong. Racing through Kowloon in the back seat of a red taxi at midnight in 1990, I saw the neon. Bright and colorful, flashing and still, the neon signs peered at me through the side streets as my taxi made its way to the quiet of the […]

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    Alma Del Barrio: First Annual Salsa Fest this Sunday

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Life is better when you dance, so come dance SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 @ The Lawton Plaza, adjacent to LMU Library with four top LA Bands: Jose “Perico” Hernandez y Son de la Tierra Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble The Echo Park Project Son Mayor FREE Lesson 11:20-11:50am with 8x world champion Cristian Oviedo You […]

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    All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

     All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset The last time I excitedly went into a rant about the race, 78° North and how incredible it’s going to be (whilst on crutches) a mountain guide replied “you can forget about it”. Something I was refusing to consider, never mind accept. Well that was it.I thought that choosing a […]

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    Daughters to Zion

    Monday, October 20, 2014

                I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus […]

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    Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with […]

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    Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  […]

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    USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 3

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The 10Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to […]

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Latest Writing Contest Entries

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Oct
23

What America Means to Me

America is a tired farmer wiping sweat from his brow as he sits on a flatbed of hay that he’s baled in a central Indiana field. America is the timeless beauty of the orange Texas sun glowing down on the ageless bricks of the Alamo at dusk. America is a child with a red face […]

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Oct
22

India: If Not Now, Then When

India: If Not Now, Then When “Excuse me miss, are you travelling by yourself?” he asked. “Yes”, she replied rather vehemently. A tiny voice inside her head murmuring out aloud reminding her that this was such a contrast to the somewhat awkward self-conscious girl she once was. That was two years ago. In an ‘if […]

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Oct
21

All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset

 All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset The last time I excitedly went into a rant about the race, 78° North and how incredible it’s going to be (whilst on crutches) a mountain guide replied “you can forget about it”. Something I was refusing to consider, never mind accept. Well that was it.I thought that choosing a […]

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2014-10-10_54382d4ed64fd_EmeraldPoolslowerwaterfalls.jpg
Oct
20

Daughters to Zion

            I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus […]

Read More
2014-10-08_54348d94652bf_RedRivervalley.jpg
Oct
19

Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with […]

Read More
2014-10-10_543723789ce35_nicaraguaboys.jpg
Oct
18

Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  […]

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They Said

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Oct
6

Winners: Independence Writing Contest 2014

Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Independence Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest is now open and closes November 27, 2014. Over fourteen hundred writers from over seventy-five countries have written about their experiences and transformations all over our planet in the last […]

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Oct
5

Best drives in Italy: Costa Garganica

I discovered Costa Garganica by chance. Two years ago, I had my first taste of the beautiful drive when coming from Rome to a tiny city on the Adriatic Coast. I was hooked, although my stomach wasn’t pleased with all the curves and bends in the road. In 2013 I did another part of the […]

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Oct
4

USA TODAY: Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley?

Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley? By Lisa Ellen Niver (Click here to see all my USA Today articles as a Los Angeles Expert.) Ventura Boulevard has so many delightful and tempting options.Lunch may not always be considered the most important meal of the day but […]

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Oct
3

Gold SATW for Ken Budd

Congratulations to Ken Budd for his 2014 Gold SATW award for his article,  “Kenya: Holding Elijah.” Ken Budd’s 2013 story on his volunteer experiences in Kenya and recent media criticism of voluntourism won gold on October 16 in the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas awards, which honors the best work in travel writing and media. Gary Arndt of […]

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We Said

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Sep
17

Supreme Influence: Join Niurka in Los Angeles October 11, 2014

Are you ready for transformation? As Niurka says, “Often the very thing that challenges you is where the greatest gift resides for your evolution.” See her in person in Los Angeles for a one-day session October 11, 2014 or join her for a several day conference in Joshua Tree. Niurka recently asked a Los Angeles […]

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Sep
16

Marvelous Malaysia: Housesitting in Langkawi

While sitting in our guesthouse in Fortuna, Costa Rica last Fall, I was imagining our upcoming trip to Volcan Arenal when I found a housesitting assignment in Langkawi, Malaysia in the Caretakers Gazette. After nearly a year and a half on the road, staying in one place for three weeks sounded like heaven.  I wrote […]

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Sep
4

Fall Hiking around Park City

Have you ever returned to a place from childhood and felt like it was bigger? Park City, Utah is a place that you can visit all year round and enjoy in every season. I am always happy to return and every time I make new discoveries of what to do and where to stay. Since […]

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Sep
2

WSGT: One Quarter MILLION on YouTube

We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at 249,266 views nearly ONE QUARTER MILLION VIEWS!  There are currently 498 subscribers. Will you be #500? Enjoy my next Instagram photo essays in the Jewish Journal:     My experiences at Taste of Los Angeles     Dining at Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale     The media preview night at The NICE GUY  My bio is […]

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