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Leaf Peeping and More in the Smoky Mountains

Dome at Stone Mountain State Park

With a fabulous forecast in the region this week and weekend, I'm headed to the Smoky Mountains! Nothing like fresh air, beautiful scenery—hopefully some local apples—to invigorate the soul!

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Ted Simon: Lessons about Purposeful Travel

Tam with Ted Simon


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Thoughts on Self-Care and Re-launching Your Life

Self-care might lead to relaunching your life!

If you are in a helping profession, (including a full-time parent) here's a Professional Quality of Life Scale (self-assessment) that will help you gauge your "Compassion Satisfaction," your "Burnout" and your "Secondary Traumatic Stress." The occupational therapists found it to be a useful tool.

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What’s behind the Haunted House at Creekside Manor?

I was genuinely frightened when Hell Dog lunged at me while touring Hagerstown/Antietam KOA

I occasionally contribute to the KOA (Kampgrounds of America) blog. Last year, I was speaking at a Maryland cancer event and got a tip that a nearby campground operated a haunted house with a regional draw.

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Six Ways to Respond when Someone Says, “I Have Cancer”

Knowing what to say when someone reveals a scary diagnosis will help you both. Here are six tips

Everyone knows someone with cancer or another life-threatening illness, but few of us know how to talk about it. 

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Four of Four

Allan Karl and Neale Bayly, world travelers by motorcycle

By now, after three parts of our interview, you have fallen in love with world traveler Allan Karl, author of "Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection" and Neale Bayly, motorcycle philanthropist.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Three of Four

Here's my friend and TEDx co-presenter Neale Bayly

The first two Parts of this series are focused on round-the-world traveler and author Allan Karl's adventures.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Two of Four

Allan Karl in Bolivia with a crushed leg

In the first Part of this four-part series, you met Allan Karl and Neale Bayly.

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A Child Bride’s 30th Wedding Anniversary

Me and Matt at Yellowstone National Park circa 2012

My odometer hasn't turned over in eight weeks.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part One of Four

Allan Karl with two Andes knitters.

In this four-part podcast series, I'll introduce you to a couple of my friends who've traveled the world on motorcycles.

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