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Alan Porter

Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22.  Celebrated in more than 193 countries, it is a day to promote environmental awareness and the protection of our planet.  Earth Day dates back to 1970 when it was first celebrated in the United States.  It didn’t go global until 1990 with 200 million people recognizing environmental

Good Wine, Good Friends

Once a year my friends and I take an annual trip to the Napa Valley wine country.  We bring our wives and make a long weekend out of it.  Even though we do different tastings, we always pick one winery that we spend the afternoon at.  We take the tour, do the tastings and the

Loving Coffee a Latte

What better way to start off the day than a hot cup of coffee in the morning?  At least that’s how I feel anyway.  Once I have my cup of coffee in my hands, I am ready to take on the day.  I love the smell of it as it’s being prepared and, personally I

Up Your Gifting Game

My own experiences in getting a gift has resulted in my gift shopping being reduced to a pile of plastic.  I often wonder what people use to do before gift cards.  Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.  For instance, I bought a shirt for Matt last Christmas that I have never seen

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day has been celebrated for well over 100 years now, since 1908, to be exact. The first known Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. In present day, Father’s Day is determined by the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day began by a grieving daughter over her dad who had

The Beautiful city of Boise

Looking for a weekend trip or a nice vacation?  Boise, Idaho known as the City of Trees, has something for everyone – from a vibrant downtown, cultural and culinary experiences, unique attractions and access to many outdoor recreational activities this walkable, friendly and safe city is fun to explore.  It is a recreationalist’s paradise if

The Show Me State

They call Missouri the Show Me State, and sometimes I feel like I am from Missouri myself. I have a busy life and sometimes I just do not have time to even shop for what I need, much less figure out what my friends want for their birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, graduation, or anniversary.   I

Moving from CO to COast

Growing up in Fort Collins, Colorado I have always been a fan of sunny weather, nature hikes, fresh air, and a good view. There’s nothing better than a morning hike to start the day followed by a cup of coffee! A few years ago, I moved to the California coast and I couldn’t be happier.

The Happiest Place on Earth

It always happens that when my nieces and nephews come to visit from the Midwest, they always want to go to Disneyland. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/ I guess that is to be expected since I am one of the few family members living in Southern California.  I did grow up going to Disneyland yet whenever I walk into

Someone Special

My girlfriend and I have been together for a couple years now so for our anniversary I had to make sure I did something special.  I had something good in mind but I also wanted to make sure I had a heart felt gift in there because she is a sucker for the small things