Kathleen Walls

Publisher, Global Authors Publications

Author of Last Step, Georgia's Ghostly Getaways, Kudzu, Man Hunt - The Eric Rudolph Story, Finding Florida's Phantoms, Sarah's Story: A Confederate Girl's Diary. Hosts With Ghosts, Under a Bloody Flag, Under a Black Flag and the Wild About Florida series.
Don't Let Them Get Your Goat; Visit Harley Farms Instead
December 22, 2016
Back in the day, it was believed that a goat had a calming effect on high-strung racehorses so owners would put a goat in the stall with their horse before a race. Unscrupulous opponents would sometimes steal the completion's goat in the hopes of making that horse lose the race thus the phrase "don't let them get your goat" referring to stopping someone from doing something to upset you.
A Trip On The Strip
December 22, 2016
Pittsburgh was named #1 Food City in the US in 2015 by Zagot. One section of the 'Burgh stands out as the heart of its foodie movement, The Strip. Sounds like a naughty adult club but it's PG rated, mostly. It a mile and a half long section of Pittsburg filled with every type of ethnic restaurant and some drinking that will take you back in history. For those of you who want to do it yourself, you will find several farmer's markets scattered through The Strip. The produce looks fresh and is local.
Nash Farm: Grapevine's Window Into Yesterday
December 22, 2016
My favorite Grapevine historic/agri adventure is Nash Farm, the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. It all began in 1843 when General Sam Houston negotiated a treaty of peace between the Republic of Texas and 10 American Indian nations with claims on the area. The following year, the first settlers started arrived in covered wagons. In 1859 Thomas Jefferson Nash came from Kentucky to the Grape Vine Prairie to create a better life for his family. He found a piece of farmland he loved and bought the farm for $500. It proved a good investment. Thomas, his family, and his brother, William, ran the farm for many years.
Everything is Bigger at Gaylord Texan
December 22, 2016
The Gaylord Texan Resort is six miles from DFW Airport and light years away from average. The Gaylord Texan is a total resort with dining, shops, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center, and pretty much everything you need to have a wonderful time all within the resort. Do find time to tear yourself away and explore Grapevine while here.
Frontier Texas - It's For Real
December 22, 2016
Some museums pack a punch. You walk away feeling "been there, done that" in real time. Frontier Texas is one of those. You feel as if you are listening to real people talking just to you when you experience an encounter with one of Frontier Texas's nine spirit guides. Spirit guides are not supernatural phenomena although they create an almost perfect likeness of a living, breathing person. They are three-dimensional hologram images of several Native Americans, a former slave, a frontier soldier, a buffalo hunter, a cattle driver, a frontier woman running her boarding house, and Cynthia Ann Parker, the white mother of the last Comanche chief, Quanah Parker, that Frontier Texas uses to bring the era when Abilene was the frontier (1780-1880) vividly to life. It's also the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region.
Filoli: Not Your Average Country Home
December 22, 2016
Filoli Mansion and Gardens is a bit off the beaten path and way out of the ordinary. It's near Woodside about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Many visitors might miss it. Big mistake! This is one of California's real treasures with the emphasis on real. Filoli is a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
San Angelo's Eye Candy
December 22, 2016
Have you ever wondered where one of the world's most prestigious collections of waterliles in the US can be found? Probably the last place you would guess is San Angelo, Texas but you would be wrong. Ken Landon, the owner and director of this collection displays it at Civic League Park in San Angelo. The facility is called The International Waterlily Collection. Gazing over the seven raised pools filled with a treasure trove of eye candy in the form of rare and even one-of-a-kind waterlilies you will be amazed at the beauty. And this is only a portion of Ken's collection.
Slow Trip In Time On On The Tule Princess
December 22, 2016
The 19th century was an era of romantic steamboats navigating the waterways of America. Steamboats were at their heights as the world entered the industrial age. It was an age of glamour and leisurely travel way before the time of jets and high speed interstates. You can catch a glimpse of that time on the Tule Princess, the last operational, full size walking beam steam engine, powering a side wheel paddle steamboat anywhere in the world. The Tule Princess is navigating on Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse
September 30, 2016
Many of you may have heard of Perini Ranch Steakhouse in tiny Buffalo Gap, Texas. It is well recognized even outside its native Texas, for its many awards like Best Burger on the Today Show, 3rd Best Steakhouse in Texas by Texas Monthly, and numerous other prestigious awards. It is one of only five restaurants nationwide to be awarded the James Beard Foundation 2014 America's Classics Award.
Jerash - Jordan's Other Treasure
September 30, 2016
Can you imagine stepping back to a civilization that flourished back in 331BC? The ancient ruins of Jerash in Jordan were founded about that date by Alexander the Great or one of his generals. When I visited, I could feel the currents of civilization that had flourished in these ancient streets and buildings.
Chuckwagon Roundup - Bountiful Breakfast Bonanza
September 30, 2016
Last year Zagat named Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the No. 1 food city in America. Maybe that is why three of the restaurants featured here are in Pittsburgh. Then way farther south, Tallahassee, Florida has its share. As the state capital, it has to serve good food to keep politicos and visitors alike happy. Manocos Colorado may be a small town but it can hold its own when it comes to great breakfasts. Of course, California is known for food innovations so it's no surprise Palo Alto, California has a great breakfast spot.
Civil Rights Trail - Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers
September 30, 2016
After the Civil War ended newly free African American men began searching for a place they could earn a living with dignity and respect, two attributes that were in short supply for African Americans in September 21, 1866 when the first all black regiments of the peacetime army were formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They were the 10th Cavalry, 9th Cavalry 24th Infantry, and 25th Infantry regiments. Their main purpose was to protect America's frontier from Indians.
Elite Street Eats - La Costanera
September 30, 2016
La Costanera, perches above Montara Beach with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. It's a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant and since its opening on October 2, 2009. La Costanera has rapidly made a name for itself. We met with Eric Canupp, Director of Marketing and events. He told us how La Costanera was born.
Fork in the Road - Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
September 30, 2016
Dining at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge in San Angelo Texas is so enjoyable it should be illegal. But since there is no such thing as too much fun it's perfectly legal. You can munch on appetizers like Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, which are filled with cream cheese and offer just enough bite in the crisply fried bite-sized morsels to be delicious without scorching your tonsils.
Historical Trails - Buffalo Gap Village
September 30, 2016
Buffalo Gap, Texas is a glimpse of the Wild West as it really was. Buffalo Gap was founded at the site of a natural pass through which bison herds traveled. It was a stop for cowboys on the Great Western Cattle Trail. In the late 1800s it was the spot where buffalo hunters camped. By 1880, it had been named county seat and had a population of 200. It had the usual businesses, hotel, blacksmith shop, a general store and a saloon. Perhaps the most important building in Buffalo Gap was the Taylor County Jail and Courthouse.
Inn Roads - Retro Inn
September 30, 2016
Retro Inn in Cortez, Colorado takes you back in time. You might land anywhere from the 1950s to the '80s. Well, not really but that is how it feels. If you plan to visit the Four Corners area of Colorado, Cortez is the perfect hub and Retro Inn is a fun place to set up your base camp while you explore the Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) sites. It's about ten minutes from Mesa Verde National Park.
Museum Stroll - Andy Worhol Museum
September 30, 2016
When most Americans hear the name Andy Warhol, they think of Campbell's Soup cans. Those Campbell's Soup Cans paintings may be his most recognizable work but it is far from the entirety that was Andy Warhol. A recent visit to the Andy Warhol Museum in his home town of Pittsburgh refreshed my interest and increased my knowledge of this artist. Because his artwork spanned my coming-of-age years, much of his art and subject matter was familiar. His Elvis, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacky Kennedy and Nixon chronicled America's larger than life figures of the mid 20th century.
Ancient Traces - Mesa Verde Country - Trail of the Ancients
September 30, 2016
Ancestral Puebloans didn't limit themselves to Mesa Verde National Park. They built dwellings throughout the four corners area. We were trying to see allof the most interesting ones so we headed for Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. It was created to protect these sites. Our guide, Jim Colleran told us to "look for sage and prickly pear cactuses growing on rubble mounds" to recognize unexcavated sites.
Overseas Highways - Jordan Bakers Dozen
September 30, 2016
There are some things a first time visitor to a special place must see. Likewise there are certain things that are important to know when venturing into a strange environment. Go with an open mind and avoid stereotypes. You will have a much more enjoyable time and learn more about the culture. For my first visit to Jordan, here are my lists of the most important "Must See" and "Must Know" places and things.
American Roads and Global Highways
September 30, 2016
Mission San Luis takes you back into Florida's early history. Not just the Spanish settlers but the Native Apalachee. Museums sometimes seem to forget that long before the Europeans arrived on this continent the natives had thriving cultures. Here, the customs, sports and a sustained lifestyle. They planted corn, beans, and squash, to complement their hunting and gathering. When the Spanish came, both groups were influenced by the other.
Wild Roads - Abilene Zoo
September 30, 2016
In the wild west of Abilene Texas, you expect to find a lot of wild. The Abilene Zoo doesn't disappoint. It is filled with wild life. One of the first stops in the zoo has to be Wetlands of the Americas. Here you come face to face with such a wide range of wildlife from the colorful beauty of the American Flamingo to the prehistoric looking American Alligator. The wetlands inspire a peaceful feeling as you watch the birds go about their normal routine.
Looking out for Mother Earth: Feynan Eco Lodge
June 29, 2016
Most agri tourism destinations promote a single product such as a winery, a farm visit, a dairy and so on. Feynan Eco Lodge promotes and supports an entire eco culture. The oh-too-short time I spent there was the most sustainable experience I ever experienced. Feynan Eco Lodge is located in Wadi Feynan, the heart of the Dana Biosphere Reserve's magnificent mountains.
Sweet Treats
June 29, 2016
Nothing can turn a dignified adult into a kid faster than ice cream and candy. So let's track down some of my favorites. Here are some really sweet shops I have visited in the past few years.
Touch of Old Florida: The Tallahassee Museum
June 29, 2016
With most museums, you expect to find all the exhibits tucked away neatly in a building. Tallahassee Musuem is so different. It's like a time capsule of Tallahassee's (and Florida's) cultural and natural history all set in a natural outdoor environment on the shores of Lake Bradford. Florida's unique wildlife, like Florida panthers and alligators are part of what make Florida, Florida, right? But you could never shut up live panthers alligators, and other Florida wildlife up in a building. So here they are roaming in as close to natural habitat as possible.
Mesa Verde Country: On the Trail of the Ancients, Part One
June 29, 2016
Some of American's most intriguing mysteries surround the Anasazi culture of Mesa Verde. Modern Anthropology is uncovering many secrets about these ancient people including the fact that they are the ancestors of the modern day Pueblo tribes, thus the name has been changed. Today, they are called Ancient Puebloans. Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning "Ancient People" or "Ancient Enemy" and offensive to the Pueblo tribes.
Good Bones: Waco Mammoth National Monument
January 6, 2016
On July 10, 2015, President Obama created three new National Monuments. One of these sites protect some of the most important paleontological finds in American History, Waco Mammoth National Monument. I visited the site a few months ago and was amazed at the number and condition of the preserved fossils.
LeBleu's Landing
January 6, 2016
If you're looking for a real Cajun food experience, you can find it at LeBleu's Landing in Sulphur, Louisiana. The restaurant is named for the earliest settler of this southwest corner of Acadiana, Bartheleme Blaise LeBleu. The family history includes a lot of Jean Lafitte lore. Obviously Lafitte loved good food. I can be sure of that since he was French. Have you ever known a Frenchman who didn't love good food?
Stay and Play
January 6, 2016
Planning a vacation to Louisiana in the future? When you are choosing a hotel consider staying at a casino. You say you don't gamble. Still casinos are a good choice for several reasons even for family vacations. They offer reasonable prices and all the advantages of a resort. There are always restaurants for every taste and budget. Shops and entertainment abound in casino. The ever important swimming pool is usually offered in several versions. For those who do wish to indulge in the gaming the opportunities are limitless. You will have a confortable visit, you can bet on it.
Time Tripping at Mayborn Museum
January 6, 2016
Mayborn Museum in Waco, Texas is filled with interesting things for young and old alike: a place for the scholar or the fun seeker. It's a fun trip back in time, It has indoor exhibits and great outdoor historical village. It opened in 2004 as a blending of the former Strecker Museum, a Children's Discovery Center and the Outdoor Village all situated at different places originally.
Party Like it's 1565
January 6, 2016
When it comes to throwing a big birthday bash, nobody tops Saint Augustine. Then, no other city in the country has been around for 450 years. For the big 450 Celebration they pulled out all the stops. When the planning started they asked all the usual questions. Bands? Let's get some of the best names. Stage? How about five? Weekend festival? No let's carry it over for four days from the Friday of Labor Day Weekend until Tuesday, September 8, the actual birthday.
The Bear Facts
January 6, 2016
The American Black Bear has a wide range. They are found along the eastern seaboard of North America from Alaska to Northern Mexico and in parts of western United States. They are very adaptable so they have learned to survive in closer proximity to humans than many other wild creatures. This very trait that helped them survive for millions of years, now is putting them on the path to extinction.
Little Piece of Heaven: Oliver Winery
January 4, 2016
What would you call a place that offered great wine tastings, tours, music, a beautiful garden and even some pet friendly events? No, I haven't discovered Nirvana. It's Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana I'm thinking about. I visited it with Travel Media Showcase and was thrilled with both the beauty and the fruits of the vine found there in equal parts.
Delicious Diners
January 4, 2016
Diners were the American fast food joints of the early 20th century. They began in the 1870s and were the most popular eatery of the middle class until the 1970s with the coming of the fast food chains that are so popular with younger people who think a McBurger is high cuisine.
Cajun or Zydeco?
January 4, 2016
Is it Cajun or Zydeco? That's the most common question folks ask when they hear Louisiana music. Well, Cajun music is the "folk music" of the Arcadian people exiled from Canada who settled mostly in southern Louisiana. It will usually have fiddles along with an accordion, and guitars. Modern Cajun music has borrowed some from County and Western.
Perfect 10
June 30, 2014
They represent not only the culture of the west but the lifestyle of the Sioux Indians. "The buffalo have to be there for our culture to exist. As we bring our herds back to health, we will also bring our people back to health." says Fred DuBray, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. They are so much a part of American culture it's hard to imagine our country without them. Actually, their correct name is American bison. True buffalo are located in Africa and Asia. Early pioneers began calling these great plains animals "bufello" and modern variation of the name stuck.
Georgia Crafts
June 30, 2014
Both women were African Americans who advanced the cause of equality for their people. Both were born in central Georgia within 15 miles of one another. Both grew to adulthood in Macon, Georgia. Both women believed strongly in the value of education for free blacks and founded schools. Both are memorialized in interesting places to visit in Georgia. Keep reading as I am going to tell you of two museums to visit that will bring the story of these amazing women to life for you.
Heart of the Confederacy: Augusta's Civilians
June 30, 2014
As it was, the South was far behind the North in this area. The South was basically agricultural while the North was industrial. One southern city that was far in advance of the majority of other cities in the Confederacy in the industrialization department was Augusta, Georgia. Here the civilians were the real war heroes.
Augusta's Treasure: The Partridge Inn
June 30, 2014
No other hotel in Augusta can match the gracious Partridge Inn for history and ambiance. A stay at the historic inn offers the feel of visiting an Antebellum home. That might be because originally the Partridge Inn was just that. Despite the fact that the Partridge Inn didn't turn into a hotel until the 1900s, it does had an intriguing Civil War legend surrounding the gracious old hotel. Partridge Inn began life in 1816 as the two-story home of Daniel and Elizabeth Meigs. It was prior to before the home passed into public use that the event creating the legend is believed to have occurred.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece in Rockford
June 30, 2014
I was lucky enough to get a preview. Jerry Heinzeroth, who was a close friend of the Laurents as well as President of the Laurent House Foundation board, gave us a special tour. The story behind the home is as thrilling as the new museum.
Happy Birthday, Rock and Roll
June 30, 2014
Memphis DJ for WHBQ radio, Dewey Philips, played the recording a few days later on July 8 and a nation of teen-aged girls fell under the spell of the modest young man from Tupelo Mississippi who had moved to Memphis as a preteen. Other singers jumped on the bandwagon and Elvis's brand of Rock and Roll dominated the airways until the British invasion by four young men from Liverpool changed the style to a more international one.
Dancing Leaf
June 30, 2014
Les and Jan Hosick started Dancing Leaf Cultural Learning Center in Stockville, NE in 1987, and moved to their present location in 1998. The Hosicks converted a 115 acre former Boy Scout camp into a tribute to the prehistoric peoples who inhabited the loess hills and canyons surrounding Medicine Creek near Wellfleet, Nebraska.
Discovery Park of America
June 30, 2014
You can experience an earthquake such as the ones that rocked this area of Northwest Tennessee in 1811 and 1812 changing the terrain and creating a brand new waterway, Reelfoot Lake. The Earthquake Simulator is only one of the reasons you will want to visit Discovery Park.
Branson: Something For Everyone
June 30, 2014
The American Bus Association (ABA) and the National Tour Association (NTA) consistently vote Branson as a top motor coach destination. Bank Travel magazine and Leisure Group Travel choose Branson as one of the top U.S. destination for their clubs. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me Fishing Campaign rate Table Rock State Park in the list of top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S. Silver Dollar City was named one of the top 10 best theme parks in the world by Amusement Today.
Get Swamp Fever: Visit Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
June 30, 2014
This 1,100 acres of wildlife filled wetlands just minutes from downtown Augusta provides trails to hike or bike, waters to kayak or canoe, picnic areas and even a nature campus for students. It offers something for every age and interest. It is a habitat for wildlife. You will find birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. Even the insects offer interesting photo ops.
Anderson Japanese Gardens: Paradise on Earth
March 28, 2014
What better place to be on a sunny spring day than in a fertile garden surrounded by luxuriant plants and bubbling brooks. One such magic location is Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford., Illinois. As you enter the garden. all your senses are rewarded. A fresh earthy fragrance mingles with the sounds of a small tumbling stream and multi-shades of green greet you.
Rockford, Illinois's Swedish Heritage
March 28, 2014
Rockford, Illinois has the third largest concentration of Swedish people per capita in the United States. Erlander Museum in Rockford preserves Rockford's Swedish roots. It's named for John Erlander and his daughter Mary. The Englander family is typical of many Swedish immigrants to Rockford. John emigrated from Sweden to Chicago, Illinois and then Rockford. He worked as a tailor and later opened a furniture store in partnership with other Swedish men.
Eckert's Grafton Farm
January 6, 2014
Johann Peter Eckert farmed all his life in Dietzenbach, Hesse Darmestadt, Germany. When he emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1837 with his wife and four sons he saw no reason to change. He went on to buy each of his sons a farm. The family had followed the tradition down to the present day.
Dinner on the Dock
January 6, 2014
What is more fun than au fresco dining overlooking a picturesque river. Dinner on the Dock, held every Thursday during summer at The Prairie Street Brewhouse in Rockford, Illinois, combines all the right elements. It offers a perfect venue for dining on the Rock River, great food catered by The Backyard Grill and Bar and music by assorted talents. The event space which is also available for weddings and other events abuts a 60-slip marina and offers a excellent view of the river. After dark, the lights of the bridge lend a fairytale atmosphere. It also allows boaters to dock and dine.
Tinker Tales
January 6, 2014
Right in the heart of Rockford, Illinois is a historical and architectural treasure, Tinker Swiss Cottage. The cottage is unique as it is one of just a few Swiss style homes built in the United States.
Sage Advice About Rosemary Time
January 6, 2014
Most of Florida is on Eastern Standard time. Some is on Central Standard Time. Then there are places that have a timing all their own. Rosemary Beach is just a tiny blip on the Florida map in Walton County but it is one of these special places. Here you forget about the usual timed things, Appointments, schedules, routine, none of these apply here. In fact you won't need a watch or clock since the town bells toll on the hour during the day.
A Walk in the Park
January 6, 2014
Winter Park, Florida gets neglected. People lump it together with its big sister, Orlando. While Orlando is filled with big theme parks and glitzy attractions, Winter Park is more low key. Winter Park is one of the prettiest little towns in Florida and one of the most artistically inclined. It has its own charm and repays visitors with memories of a wonderful time.
Midway Village: Bringing the Past to Life
September 30, 2013
Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois is a few miles and a hundred plus years from modern downtown Rockford. It's 137 acres of yesterday. Here you do more than learn about the past, you relive it. The village contains 26 buildings all dating from between 1830, the year Rockford, originally called Midway because it was halfway between Chicago and Galena, was founded, and 1904. Most are authentic buildings moved to the village site. Six are reproductions differing only in scale from the original building. The oldest building in the village dates to 1840.
The Music Never Dies
September 30, 2013
There are some places where the music never dies. I discovered one in Alton, Illinois. you may think of Alton as part of Abraham Lincoln's heritage. or the home of the world's tallest man. Maybe it brings to mind the image of the Picta Bird.
Ghosts of the River Bend
September 30, 2013
The Mineral Springs Hotel began with two brothers, August and Herman Luer. They were successful German businessmen who planned to build an ice house and cold storage facility on the site of their meat packing plant. In 1909, while workman were drilling a well, they discovered an underground spring. The spring smelled of sulfur and, after testing, was believed to have medicinal powers. The brothers changed course in mid-stream so to speak, and built a luxurious hotel and spa with a water bottling plant on the lowest level. Advertisements for the hotel claimed "largest swimming pool in Illinois." The brothers also claimed the best dining and miracle cures from the mineral water.
From Rail Splitter to President
September 30, 2013
I've devoted a lot of space to Confederate persons and sites. I'm a Southerner, what else can I say. Still, in all fairness, the Federal side deserves some space. So this Civil War Trails will look at the Union's top man, Abraham Lincoln. In particular one town that begun his catapult to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Chug a Love: Breweries Plus Food Equals Fun - Grafton Winery and Brewhaus, Grafton, IL
September 30, 2013
This place combines it all when it comes to dining pleasure. Wine connoisseurs will be extremely happy with the award winning vintages created in the winery like their award winning Summer Peach or Apple Crisp wines. Beer drinkers get hand crafted brews made onsite. You can ask for a tour of the brewery or sit back and enjoy the view of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers while you dine on special dishes, many of which Head Chef Chris Leith prepares by incorporating their wines and beers into them.
Up, Up and Away
August 15, 2013
In Irvine California, a unique attraction, Orange County Great Park, is opening in stages. One of the highlight of the park, the 27.5-acre Balloon Park, is already open to the public. It lets you soar high above the earth in perfect safety and comfort. Best of all it is FREE. I recently had a chance to float high in the sky over Orange County and wanted to share the view. So hop aboard and lets fly up, up and away.
Falling for the Park
July 29, 2013
The Falls of the Big Sioux River has been the heart of the area even before the founding of its namesake city of Sioux Falls in 1856. There is evidence that Paleolithic tribes used the falls area for much the same purpose it is used today, as a recreational area. The Lakota, who were the native people in the area when the white settlers first arrived, visited the falls for that purpose and told stories of them to European explorers.
The Great Great Plains Zoo and Museum
July 25, 2013
Nature lovers who visit Sioux Falls will fall in love with The Great Plains Zoo. In this 45 acre park, you can visit animals from the North American plains, glide over to Africa and see the animals of the savanna in very natural surroundings, then slip over to Asia and admire the big cats before you hop down under for the Australian wildlife.
Follow That Star
July 25, 2013
What better way to learn about a people and their culture is to study their art. For the art of the Sioux people, Prairie Star Gallery in Sioux Falls is place to visit.
Kathleen Walls
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