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It’s that time of year again
  Every year, countless children of all ages wait patiently for fall colors and the chill on the air to signal the arrival of one of the most special holidays on the calendar. People who love this holiday associate it with cackling laughs, haunted moans, foreboding bumps on tightly shut doors and October 31. I speak, of course, of National Knock Knock Joke Day! In honor of this most well-loved of holidays, we present these knock knock jokes that we think you’ll find a-door-able.   Knock knock. Who’s there? Theodore. Theodore who? Theodore wasn't open, so I knocked.   Knock… Read More

Keep safe – it’s gonna get scary out there
Halloween approaches, like a foreboding omen, or the fluttering crescendo of a bat's wings. But don't be frightened. If you observe a few simple rules, you can think safe instead of running scared. According to a 20-year survey of accident data by State Farm and Bert Sperling of bestplaces.net, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for driving. The summary of their data survey showed that young people have greater difficulty in just drivers' reactions and have a tendency to cross streets quickly, though not necessarily safely. These factors, among others, may contribute to the accidents… Read More

Chicago – My kind of town
Sweet home, Chicago. Ahhh…summers on the lakefront, deep-dish pizza, the blues and the wonderful world of Windy City sports. The only thing better than summertime in Chicago might be the fall sports season. Baseball wraps up just in time for the first hockey puck to drop in the United Center. (As a lifelong, die-hard Cubs fan, I learned long ago the realities of the post-season.) The Bears are in full swing while the Fire are winding down. And the anticipation of a promising Bulls season is on the horizon. Seriously – could it GET any better than this? Toss in… Read More

When Formula 1 makes its only stop in the U.S.
The best part about moving to Austin, Texas, is that I am never bored. There is always something to see or do. Relocating from Chicago a few months ago, everything is a new and amazing experience for me. From concerts and music festivals (the city’s slogan is “The Live Music Capital of the World” after all), shopping, or some new food for me to try, I never cease to be amazed. One of the more interesting things that Austin has to offer is the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. For the third year, the Texas capital hosts one of… Read More

Road trip: What I learned going from Texas to California
When you find yourself driving from North Texas to San Francisco to help your friend move back home, minor details like making a budget or, perhaps planning a route, might slip your mind. Maybe it's just me. Here are the biggest mistakes I learned to never (again) make on a road trip, planned or spontaneous. Apple Maps is all you need to navigate from point A to B, right? That is until you lose your signal. Or your aging phone enters an infinite shut-off-boot-up loop any time you so much as breathe on the screen. The solution? Bring maps. The… Read More

The World Series – a tale of three cities
October 1985 was a magical time. Especially if you were a baseball fan and living in Missouri. In addition to the annual beauty of the leaves changing color in the Midwest, the Show-Me State’s own Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals were playing in the World Series. Living in southwest Missouri, approximately three hours from either metropolis, our city was divided on those bleeding Royal Blue and Cardinal Red. It was referred to as the “I-70 Series” and it was a blast to be a part of. More so for Royals fans as KC was crowned champs following an… Read More

Lively steps and lilting tunes in Branson
A thriving country and bluegrass music scene. Fine dining. Fun dining. Like Las Vegas, loaded with live entertainment. Unlike Las Vegas, absolutely squeaky clean in every respect. Neighborly folk in every town. Beautiful, accessible mountains. Creeks, rivers and lakes everywhere. A beautiful, seasonal climate. Many, many zip lines. Where can you find all of this? Well, my family and I found it in Branson, MO, just an eight-hour drive from Dallas. We rented a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country to take the road trip, and headed for the Ozark Mountain range. The charms along the way included tribal lands and… Read More

The Vehicles of The Walking Dead
Times can be hard when you're living in a zombie apocalypse, but things can be exponentially better if you're able to get your hands on some kind of vehicle. Once you've got some wheels, you stand a much better chance of surviving, even if just because now you have a way to mow down some walkers. Plus, you don't have to worry about traffic rules or making that car loan payment—it's an apocalypse, after all. In this infographic we've hashed out some of the best vehicles from AMC's "The Walking Dead" and have analyzed them to figure out which one… Read More

The most overrated travel destinations
Here are four travel destinations that you may regret going to, and nearby, more rewarding alternatives.   Overrated: The Four Corners The Four Corners is the only point in the United States at which four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah) meet. That, and only that, makes it unique. The views? No. The weather? Not particularly. The historical significance? Nnno. Great shopping? Maybe. Do you really love turquoise trinkets? Saving grace: Durango, CO Remember that town you flew into to get to The Four Corners? Go back there. At the Southern end of the Rockies range, you'll find the charming… Read More

Road trip: Western calm in wine country
If there is one mantra that Texans have unwittingly adopted in the summer months, it’s this: get out of the heat. For at least a week. From Seaside, FL, to Colorado to California, Texans flee from June through August to places that provide relief from the non-stop 100-degree days that define the Texas summer. This year my family and I traveled to northern California. My husband and I are long-time lovers of the Bay Area, wine country and the Pacific Ocean, so we opted to make Bodega Bay (of Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds, fame) our base, and then took day… Read More