Sunday Stories for June 15th, 2014

Sunday Stories for June 15th, 2014

A very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, and those acting as dads, out there. The world is a better place because of the love and inspiration you give to your kids (regardless of their age). My father died over 25 years ago, so he was not able to see and understand how my love for travel took me in so many different directions. I hope he’d have been happy to see me so happy.

Now, for a very mixed assortment of topics this week —

US Supreme Court in Washington DC

US Supreme Court in Washington DC

SCOTUSblog continues to run up against the white blood-cell response of traditional media

You think you have trouble getting credit at work? Try being one of the leading websites covering the Supreme Court and not being able to get accreditation. Is it politics, personal animus, failure to keep up with emerging media technology, or bureaucratic red tape? Take a read and see what you think.

Summary: SCOTUSblog is recognized as one of the leading sites for analysis and commentary on Supreme Court decisions, but it has been unable to get accreditation as an official media outlet from either the court or the Senate press gallery’s committee of journalists.

Strike “Newsletter” From Your Vocabulary

This was a depressing read since I just spruced up and re-launched my – gulp – monthly newsletter.  The article does make some sense, and I’ll be noodling it around to see what I can come up with.  But in the meantime,  if you aren’t subscribed and are interested in a little monthly travel goodness from Traveling with MJ, I’d sure appreciate if you would head over here to sign up.

If you’ve hung out here at TMF for any length of time (even 5 minutes), you’ve probably seen me rant about this word more than once. It’s ugly, offensive, lazy, useless, trite and downright irresponsible of any business owner who’s using it to compel people to opt-in.

Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

First Summer Swim in Amalfi

I love the colorful Amalfi Coast, from the bright yellow of limoncello to the deep blue of the water, to the vibrant purpose of wisteria. It’s a happy place for me, probably why I enjoyed thia warm weather look at a favorite spot in southern Italy.

Summer has arrived on the Amalfi Coast! The first half of June has been unusually warm, which has the beaches busy and sunbathers happy. Dig out the flip flops, swimsuits and towels. It’s time for the beach!

What’s The Unseen Africa TV series about?

This Kickstarter campaign has a little over a week to go, and is creeping, creeping, toward full funding. If you’re interested in a more fully rounded look at Africa, and traveling there, read this story and consider contributing to campaign to fund a future television show.

Part documentary, part reality show, The Unseen Africa will show sides of Africa that few see. You’ll watch African entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing their countries, listen to locals describe what life is really like in Africa, and see remote places far off-the-tourist track.

glass of wine

How Atomic Bombs Help Unmask Counterfeit Wine

I don’t drink or collect wine in price range where I have to worry about a counterfeit selection, but nonetheless, I found this interesting. Who knew that nuclear bomb testing had a wine connection?!

A quirk of nuclear bomb testing, however, means we can actually verify straight from the wine itself, without even uncorking it.

Style In The Aisles

What’s the well dressed flight attendant wearing these days? Take a look at these uniforms, along with a few “before” shots, and count how many U.S. carriers are represented in this peek at the best dressed.

Flying and glamour have always gone hand in hand. Ever since the first flight attendants took to the skies, all eyes have been on what the girls and boys are wearing. From Pucci prints at Braniff, to paper dresses at BOAC, over the years airlines have come up with some iconic looks to style their crews.

Read original article here: Style In The Aisles: The Top Ten Cabin Crew Uniforms Gracing The Skies in 2014.

Gamers More Likely To Be Social, Educated Than Non-Gamers

While no one seems to be disputing that a little fresh air and phsyical activity is good for people, perhaps the sad stereotyped personality of gamers has been misstated. See what you think.

Let’s face it: the stereotypes for gamers aren’t glamorous. However, a new report based on a survey by LifeCourse Associates for the gaming site Twitch has found that gamers have more positive attributes than their non-gamer counterparts.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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