Brick & Mortar Loses Ground in 2017

  Brick & Mortar Loses Ground in 2017 by Amy Lignor   As September begins and we enter the final third of the year, counting down to 2018, business and industry reports are releasing preliminary statistics in various areas of the marketplace. From Forbes to USA Today, everything from the best stocks to the worst […]

The “Must-Have” Trio for Your Fall Backpacking Adventure

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  The “Must-Have” Trio for Your Fall Backpacking Adventure by Amy Lignor   When you talk about a backpacking trip, you don’t feel the heaviness or the hard work laying ahead like you do when planning a major camping trip. After all, when it comes to the backpacking trip, you only have a small amount […]

The NFL Surprises

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  The NFL Surprises by Amy Lignor   Much like that last day of school when you’re looking out the window at the sunshine, knowing that when the bell rings you will be out of there and not have to deal with class for the next two months – that was the feeling on Thursday […]

Auto Sales Continue to Follow the 2017 Declining Path

It was only last week that forecasters expected to see a very small increase when it came to U.S. auto sales for August vs. the same month a year ago. As always when it comes to the marketplace, although that very small increase will occur, once it’s adjusted to account for the one extra selling day in August, 2017 vs. 2016, the increase actually will turn into yet another very small decline – which stays on track with the previous seven months of continuing small sales declines.

Planning Your Trip to Ski Town, U.S.A.

  Planning Your Trip to Ski Town, U.S.A. by Amy Lignor   Every avid skier will tell you that “champagne powder” is an awesome thing to behold; this very smooth, dry snow is great for skiers of all levels. The term originates from the ski resorts nestled in the Rocky Mountains where – more often […]

Western Museums Offer Unbelievable Sights & Interactive Fun

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when someone says the word “museum”? Is it: fun, exciting, new, fresh, exhilarating…? Chances are, those are not the terms that come to mind; most likely, it is the thought that museums are all about education and learning. Now, perhaps there are some cool things in certain museums, like a Tyrannosaurus Rex in

All Hail the NFL

Yes, the pre-season has people already debating and predicting who will be the next big winners of the Lombardi trophy. It is on the evening of Monday, September 7th, that the “real” games kick-off, with the Chiefs heading to the Championship Patriots home turf. This game should give fans a powerful match-up between two high-powered offenses to

Home Design: Open Your Door to the Swedish Invasion

The Scandinavian people have a lot of awesome things going for them: Number 1 is the chocolate; we can all agree on that. However, when it comes to home décor, they also seem to have the new “concept” (an old concept to them) that is taking America’s interior designers by storm.

Controversial Site Selections Made by UNESCO in 2017

It is a fact that each year hundreds of sites – from towering castles to ancient ruins to recently discovered tombs – want to earn the badge of being a UNESCO world heritage site. Not only does the umbrella of UNESCO earn them pride, but it also earns them more money in tourist dollars as well as gives that site protection so that it can never be damaged or destroyed. It is not easy to get accepted by UNESCO – there are a number of rules that must be met and strict guidelines for the site when it comes to preservation. But, to most, earning the designation is worth the work.

One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure

Did you ever wonder or even think about the fact that you could literally be hoarding a treasure inside your own home? Although not believed by many – people mostly assume the knickknacks they have in the attic are nothing but junk passed down – finding a jewel among the rocks does happen a great deal. When “estate sales” are listed in the local newspaper, people flock to them. Why? Because a great deal of the time, items can be found from those previous generations that the sellers have no idea what they are or what the value of the item is, allowing you to land a real treasure for under twenty dollars.