Going Home

One never travels and returns home the same. Transformation is the inevitable outcome of any journey. And so it is with life. This month we said goodbye to my dear Daddy. Over the decades, we’ve covered a lot of ground together as travel companions. He and Mom took me on my first train ride, and … More Going Home

Mini Vacay: South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

The long, straight stretch of road through South Dakota is peppered with little treasures that grant the weary driver respite from the dotted center line. Among them are Badlands National Park, which offers a seemingly impossible rugged horizon. Perhaps its beauty is magnified by the fact that travelers enjoy relative nothingness in either direction on … More Mini Vacay: South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

What’s in a Smile? Cultural Differences Boil Down to the Simplest of Surprises

In travel, even the simplest of differences can dramatically shift our perspective. For a group of professionals who traveled from Tanzania to Wisconsin this spring, that simple difference was rooted in a smile. World Services of La Crosse recently hosted the delegation from Africa with the goal of improving the quality of nursing and nursing … More What’s in a Smile? Cultural Differences Boil Down to the Simplest of Surprises

Wisconsin Rocks: The Trempealeau Hotel: Trempealeau, Wis.

The Historic Trempealeau Hotel, in Trempealeau, Wis. is the kind of place you dream about after two weeks of -20 temperatures and gray skies, mid-January or so, in Wisconsin. While huddled in your living room under blankets, you dream of a lazy, sunny, 90-degree day. You dream of a light breeze and a cool, spicy, … More Wisconsin Rocks: The Trempealeau Hotel: Trempealeau, Wis.