Sunday Stories for May 24th, 2015


It’s a holiday weekend and I hope you’re out enjoying life wherever you may be. And it the midst of your celebrations, please take a moment to remember that Memorial Day is tomorrow. This is a time to honor those who lost their lives in service to our country, and to commemorate the day in ways that thank them and their families for that sacrifice.

Here’s a couple stories for your reading.

Playgrounds for Seniors Popping Up in U.S.

It was so much fun on the playground as a kid, and now you can enjoy it again, and without people looking at you strangely. Would you visit a senior playground like this?

Playgrounds designed specifically for aging residents have popped up in England, Finland, Germany and throughout Asia. But the idea is just now taking off in the U.S. The parks feature low-impact exercise equipment designed to promote balance and flexibility, such as elliptical machines, static bikes and body flexors.

Starbucks Soon to Serve Alcohol in San Francisco Stores

Have you been to one of the Starbuck’s that “transitions” from day to night? (Tranlation: services wine and nibbles in the evening.) It says that they are in a number of cities, including Seattle, but I haven’t found one yet.

At the moment, 37 select stores in cities including Chicago, LA, Seattle and Atlanta already transition from day to night once the clock strikes 4 P.M., rolling out a “simple and smart” wine list and a small-plates menu.

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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