As I stepped off the platform onto my train to the Frankfurt Airport, my world seemed to transform into a slow motion flood of memories. After three weeks in Germany as a fellow with the RIAS Berlin Commission, this life experience had just become my standard by which all others will be measured. Gazing out…
Since 1927, Natchitoches, Louisiana has hosted one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Click here to watch fireworks from the 2017 Christmas Festival.
The Cologne Cathedral, a symbol of Christianity’s influence through the ages, is the most-visited destination in Germany. Situated along the shores of the river Rhine, the church is also home to the shrine of the Magi, making it one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for believers. After the remains of the Magi were transferred…
As Christians around the world mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, an English-language ministry is reaching out to the thousands of visitors making a pilgrimage to Germany. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk and professor of Bible studies at Leucorea University in Wittenberg, Germany, is said to…
Germans have reason to celebrate Tuesday, as the country marks 27 years since East and West Germany were peacefully reunified, forming the Federal Republic of Germany. Though the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, the task of joining two countries didn’t go into effect until nearly a year later, with the adoption of the German…
With its iconic spires, the Cologne Cathedral has the largest façade of any church in the world. Click here to take a look inside.
Amid a wave of terror attacks abroad, steps are being taken to protect visitors to Germany’s biggest tourist destination, the Cologne Cathedral. In August, police and the City of Cologne agreed to make closures near the historic church in response to the van attack in Barcelona, Spain, which killed 13 people. According to the Cathedral’s…
A so-called church tax in Germany may be behind a steady decline in the European nation’s church membership numbers. The Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non-partisan public opinion group based in Washington, DC, cites the tax as a factor behind an exodus of Germans officially leaving their religious communities. Germany is among several European countries…
Built in 1894, Germany’s Reichstag building now features a glass dome symbolizing transparency in government. Click here to watch a tour.
Planes, trains, & automobiles — I did it all to travel across Germany. Click here for the spectacular view from the Deutsche Bahn ICE train!
A section of the Berlin Wall still stands to illustrate the division created for decades until 1989. Click here to watch.
Even though history has outlived the iconic German radio station RIAS, its legacy lives on in the form of a trans-Atlantic exchange program for journalists in the United States and Germany. The program is named for the radio station RIAS, or Radio In the American Sector, which was founded by the U.S. in 1946. After…
Hamburg, Germany is the country’s 2nd largest city and the 3rd biggest port in Europe. Click here for a quick tour of the harbor.
Click here to watch the final few feet of the 2017 Berlin Marathon.
Built in 1969, the Berlin TV Tower gives brilliant 360-degree views of Germany’s capital city. Click here to see for yourself.
Click here to see Hertha Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen face off in a Bundesliga match at Berlin’s historic Olympiastadion.
A 38-year-old former police officer has made history as the first woman to officiate a soccer match in any of Europe’s top soccer leagues. On Sunday, September 10, Bibiana Steinhaus oversaw the first Bundesliga match refereed by a female. According to a Bundesliga news release, she handed out a single yellow card in the 1-1 draw…
Click here for an inside look at the European Commission and NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, the former U.S. Senator from Texas, is stepping into a new role on the international stage as tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and North Korea. Hutchison was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, on August 15, and has spent much of her first…
Click here to watch my walking my tour of Brussels, Belgium.
I am embarking on an immersive learning opportunity that I suspect will become the standard by which all others will be measured in my life.
Whether navigating the river by kayak or canoe, you’ll encounter incredible scenery and wildlife in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Click here to watch.
Founded in 1978, the Great Texas Balloon Race has become one of the premiere ballooning events in the world. Click here to watch highlights.
One of the most beautiful and historic cities in America, Charleston, South Carolina, is the latest in my series of blog posts, ‘My Instagram Top 10.’
Briarwood Nature Preserve, located near Saline, Louisiana, is the birthplace and home of Caroline Dormon, a world renowned naturalist, author, artist and the first woman hired by the United States Forest Service.
Interesting examples of architecture is the latest subject of my series of blog posts, ‘My Instagram Top 10.’
My Instagram account features anything and everything that captures my attention.
I’m curating some of my favorites in a series of posts featuring my favorite Instagram shots.
My Instagram account features the people and places that capture my attention.
I’ve curated some of my favorites into a series of posts I’m calling ‘My Instagram Top 10.’
A witness to history, the 1857 Sabine Pass Lighthouse stands sentinel at the point where the Sabine River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Rising 75-feet above coastal marsh land, the brick tower, located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, has survived a half-dozen hurricanes, including monsters Audrey and Rita. Six brick buttresses form its unique octagonal…
Southwest Louisiana is home to wildlife and geography unlike any other place in America. Click here for a tour of the scenic prairies of Cameron Parish.
One of my favorite community events in all of East Texas is the annual Longview Christmas Parade. Click here to watch.
History isn’t as bland of a subject as it’s sometimes portrayed. Many people probably think of a stack of dusty books taking up space in a classroom or library, but I envision a vibrant picture of stories preserved by people, places, and culture. My fascination with learning and preserving the past is the reason I…
Click here to explore the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the first national park to protect a river system, is an exciting adventure.
Click here to watch a time-lapse of my flights into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Tyler Pound Regional Airport.
Click here to watch my flights between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Cape Air.