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FIVE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT THE NEW MAGNOLIA JOURNAL MAGAZINE

1. Clean, easy-to-read graphics. These days many magazines are so full of pictures and crazy style print on different colors, the reader has difficulty figuring out what to read, and then, to actually read it. This magazine is a pleasant and inviting change.
2. Inviting content. Here are stories you want to read. And the content is varied. In this issue, e. g. decorating you home for the holidays, Christmas candy and brunch treats, a visit to Chip and Jo’s vacation rental, and a story about a husband and wife musical duo.


3. Tasteful ads, often from companies you want to know more about.
4. Articles are in-depth enough to give the reader information of general interest. I love the simple layout and feature on Festive Greens including how to work with them and how to care for them.
5. Photographs are first-rate and enticing. Whoopie Pies look wonderfully beautiful and delicious along with an easy-to-read recipe. I couldn’t stop staring at the Chocolate Bundt Cake. Photos truly transported me to the Hillcrest Estate in Waco Texas.

These are only selected highlights. There is so much more!

So far I love this publication! What about you?

THE TALLGRASS PRAIRE PRESERVE


Some photos by Jonathan Lein

I’m a prairie girl, I love the prairie; I feel the emotion of the prairies from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. And I am a writer who has written stories set on the prairies. I’ve been waiting to see this Prairie Preserve since my son and his wife moved to Oklahama. Oh I’d love to walk the trails. Not this time…next time.

This preserve in northeastern Oklahoma is the largest unplowed protected tract that remains of the tall grass prairie (39,650 acres), once 142 million acres stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. To me this area is a national treasure. These are the vistas that greeted the first settlers in many states, including my great grandparents. I love to study the grasses and wildflowers of the area. On a cool November day, the place is not colorful but still calming and quiet. And the wide open vistas soothe my heart and soul.

At the visitor’s center I saw the big bluestem, switchgrass, little bluestem and Indian grass that are so prevalent on the prairies of the past and this preserve today. Burning helps to control invasive species.

On this day we saw the buffalo up close. They are impressive beasts.

What did my granddaughter like best about her trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma? Not the kitchen toys at the Merc, though they were a hit. The buffalo were her favorite of the day.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

WISHING YOU A FANTASTIC THANKSGIVING!

So many blessings I am grateful for: visiting brother to help make side dishes for the feast, new grand baby I will soon travel to see and the baby’s father and mother and sister, daughter to host Thanksgiving, family to celebrate the day with, visiting son, my other grandchildren and more. Today I must make a gratitude list.

I pray that all of you are enjoying your Thanksgiving and all the items on your gratitude list.

A big THANK YOU to all who read this blog. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

BREAKING NEWS –LONELY PLANET NAMES DETROIT #2 CITY IN THE WORLD TO VISIT

ONLY Seville, Spain tops Detroit as a city to visit in 2018. Lonely Planet is the largest travel publisher in the world. They point to the River Front Walk and goovy hotels as places of interest in the city.

When you visit our comeback city, here’s what I recommend:

Yes, River Front views. Try Belle Isle, The Detroit Yacht club or walk along the Detroit River (River Walk). How about lunch at the Rattlesnake Club? Great Riverfront views!

Henry Ford Village and Museum. This is the premier historical museum and outdoor experience in the U.S. And a huge IMAX theater and tours of the Ford Rouge Plant. Don’t miss these when you visit.

Eastern Market. A huge and historic market with vendors of all kinds from crafts to local produce. Restaurants, bars and more. This venue was last featured on this blog July 14, 2014. Put Eastern Market in the search box and the story will appear.


Detroit Institute of Arts. Again, a beautiful, historic and outstanding place to view with a huge variety of wonderful art. The current exhibit is Monet: Framing Life and includes some of Monet’s earliest works. “Woman With A Parasol “ is on loan from the National Gallery.

And for Sports Fans – Detroit is the ultimate Sports Town.
Comerica Park.
This place is marvelous. A ball park you will love whether or not you like baseball.

Ford Field is home to the Lions.

Little Caesars Arena is set to open this week and will host Red Wings Hockey. I believe a Kid Rock concert is the first event. These three arenas have been built in the same area of the city.

And the Detroit Pistons have just announced they will move back downtown from Pontiac.

In other big Detroit News, Mark Wahlberg, movie star and producer, who has made many movies in Detoroit and has a restaurant in Greektown (another area to visit), is opening Wahlburgers in Royal Oak as part of the new shopping development near Beaumont Hospitals. Another don’t miss stop on your Detroit visit.

Detroit has its share of great burgers. The Chew’s Michael Symon has two B Spot Burgers in the metro area as well as a nifty restaurant downtown. His restaurants were first in his hometown Cleveland, but he is a Detroit fan, too. Read about B Spot Burgers, Brews and BBQ on this blog, posted May, 2014 and later when he opened another in Royal Oak. Use the search box to find these posts. As this picture of him with his big smile indicates, he was totally gracious and allowed me to interview him when he was in town for the opening.

Yes, there are other truly beautiful sights: Cranbrook Gardens, Pewabic Pottery, Sommerset Mall, The Fisher Theater and many more. Do tell your favorite.

Come visit and give me a call!

STILL THINKING OF NASHVILLE And what to see next time

Interior of the Historic Ryman Auditorium

Historic Ryman Auditorium – 116 5th Ave.
This venue offers a self-guided tour of the interior. There are exhibits, a gift shop a dynamite video, and other opportunities to enjoy this first-on-the-list Nashville attraction. Concerts are also held here. With amazing acoustics, this auditorium in recognized as the Carnegie Hall of the South.

The Grand Ole Opry
What a gorgeous place. The guided back stage tour is a must!

Belmont Mansion


Belmont Mansion – 1700 Acklen Ave. on the campus of Belmont University
This ornate Italianate villa contains some of the history of Nashville. It was built by the beautiful Adelicia Acklen a very wealthy woman of the mid 19th century. The architecture and furnishings are true to the period and most interesting.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Explore the museum which honors classic and current artists. Charlie Daniels calls it an “unending history book, a story that will go on as long as young men and women have a desire in their hearts and fire in their bellies.” Shop the museum store or eat in one of three eateries. On my list for my next visit. 222 Fifth Street South

The Belle Mead Neighborhood home to the Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Pike, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, 1200 Forest Park Drive.
Next time.

Tootsie’s Bar


Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 422 Broadway
Good music and just plain fun!

Bluebird Café 4140 Hillsboro Pike
A next time must: Free on Friday nights the show features up and comers and hit-makers. You saw it on the TV show “Nashville.”

And while I’m on Hillsboro Pike, I won’t miss author Ann Patchett’s Bookstore
Parnassus Books www.parnassusbooks.net
Located a 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14 this is an extraordinary place for those who love books. Next time, for sure!

And one more:

The General Jackson Showboat Boat Tour
This departs from Gaylord Opryland Cumberland River Dock, 2812 Opryland Drive
Food and entertainment, but the tour is dockside? What’s up with that? Maybe this deserves to be at the end of the list or maybe it’s a fascinating venue.