Stories reproduced on this blog in 2018 won two awards in the Midwest Travel Journalists Association’s 2019 MARK TWAIN writing competition.

Thanks to everyone who helped facilitate these adventures. Thanks to my editors at The News-Herald, Janet Podolak and Mark Meszoros. Special thanks to Gary Mallory for traveling with me and supporting my travel writing habit.


SHORT COPY  — 1st Place:  Shooting Clay Pigeons Takes Instinct not Thinking

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES – DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS — 3rd PlaceNew Orleans a Treasure for First-Time Visitors.


Congratulations to my fellow winners.