3 Art Museums to see when in New York City

New York City is know by most people for its incredibly crowded streets and sidewalks, Rockefeller Center and of coarse…the New York Stock Exchange. Being from southern California where there are lots of wide open spaces compared to New York I had mixed emotions on the visit. One thing I found enjoyable was the vast amount of art museums through out the city. Below are my top 3 picks.

Brooklyn Museum

If you are looking smaller crowd compared to Manhattan then the Brooklyn Museum is a great choice. The museum was founded in 1895 and is located on the border of Prospect Park. The Museum is famously know for its exhibits of African and Egyptian art. The mission is to combine unique works of art from cultures from all over the world. that seek to embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures. The art collection goes all the way back to the 17th century to modern day with a wide range of painting and sculptures.

The Jewish Museum

The Museum sits in the Warburg Mansion which was built in 1908. It displays a unique mix of modern “present day” art and contemporary pieces from the past. While most of the museum has temporary changing exhibits, there is a permanent exhibit targeted towards young kids. The Jewish Museum also has Kosher delicacies available for visitors who want to experience authentic Jewish cuisine.

New Museum of Contemporary Art

This museum had an obstacle right from the very beginning which was how to build to have enough room to display large amounts of art being in the confines of surrounding homes. The solution was build up by stacking 7 layers on top of each other. The new location opened in 2007 and its name comes from the “New School” which was originally opened in 1977. The museum hosts 3 main galleries which highlight important modern art by not so well known artists. The video below gives a in depth view of the construction and works of art the museum has to offer. For more info you can visit https://www.newmuseum.org/

Great Musicians of New Orleans form Past To Present

New Orleans has a rich history of music within it’s culture. Many thousands of tourists visit the state to join the locals in the wild Mardi Gras celebration. From Blues to Jazz to Rock & Roll, New Orleans was a breeding ground fro musical talent and still is today. Below are few artists from past to present that have made a big mark in music history.

Dr. John

Mac Rebennack who has gone by the stage name Dr. John sense the 1960’s brings a very interesting blend of blues, rock, pop, jazz to his fans. His performance style can be described as energetic and theatrical. Being from New Orleans it’s no surprise that he often includes Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo practices which the state is famously known for. Gris Gris was his first album was a hit, putting him in the lime light of fame. Over decades of releasing hit after hit within 20 albums, Dr. John always draws a big crowd of loyal fan.

Fats Domino

When you sell over 65 million records you are a legend in the music industry, and thats exactly what Fats Domino was. Known world wide fro his break through style in the 1950’s. The New Orleans native was the first rock & roll artist in history to have an album sell over a million copies. The father of 8 was honored at the Grammy’s in 1986 with a lifetime achievement award for his music legacy. Even with 25 gold singles to his name he remained a very humble artist and father who loved his fan’s. He passed away in 2017 at his home due to natural causes.

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry had a very young start to the music seen at only the age of 5 as a Pianist and signer which would go on to make him famous all over the world. He first left his home in New Orleans to New York where he expanded his musical talent. Harry had his first big break in 1989 when he produced the sound track to the hit movie “When Harry met Sally”. He has also expanded outside of music staring in many main stream movies and television series.

Famous Authors From North Carolina

As a fan of poetry and story telling I have a great respect for those who have the writing gift. Below are 3 North Carolina based authors with an impressive history of work.

Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author, poet and short story teller who grew up in North Carolina. Ron’s work has been featured in more that 100 magazines and journals and in 2009 he was a PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller for Serena and Above the Waterfall. He has had not 1 but 4 prizewinning novels including Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, The Cove and One Foot in Eden. He teaches at Western Carolina University in the area of fiction-writing and poetry. In the video below, Ron speaks about his book “Above the Waterfall” and what inspired him to write the heartbreaking story of parents losing their daughter to addiction.

Margaret Maron

Margaret is a North Carolina native writer and mystery novel award-winning author. To date she has authored more that 20 mystery novels and counting. She is on the recommended reading lists of many writing courses. Her work has gone international and has been translated into many languages outside of english. Between 1989 and 2010, Margaret has received many awards for here accomplishments in the mystery fiction category.

Clyde Edgerton

Clyde was born and brought up in the community of Bethesda, near Durham, North Carolina. From 1985 to 2013 he has produced 10+ diverse works. He also teaches writing as professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. Clyde has also had 2 of his works turned into films including 1999’s Walking Across Egypt and 2006’s Killer Diller.

It would be great if everyone who had a passion to tell their story had the skill to put it on paper at a professional level. The truth is many who try to write a book will never finish if they go at it alone. There are so many factors that go into the writing, editing and publishing process at it can be extremely over whelming for most. Luckily there are ghostwriting services that can help anyone who has a desire to tell their story but lacks the talent to produce the goods. There are many things to consider when selecting a ghostwriter to work with including their years of experience and past client reviews. CaryPress Books based in North Carolina is one of many great options. They provide ghostwriting, editing, and publishing services that can help just about any struggling author looking for help.

There are so many great authors scattered around the United States and the world, these are just a few that stood out. …

Historical Attractions in Texas

The Alamo

It’s not only one of the most important historic sites in Texas, but the whole United States. In 1744, Franciscans built the Alamo within 100 years it had been transformed into a fort for defense. Most people have associate Davie Crockett alone, but James Bowie also played a key role in the desperate effort to defend Texas against 3,000 Mexican army troops. Texas would later eventually overcome the Mexican army. You can now visit the restored Alamo to view weapons and artifacts from the past. You can also go on guided audio tours of the grounds via the official Alamo website.

Space Center Houston

Located just outside the heart of Houston is Space Center Houston. For obvious reasons this is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state of Texas. Some things you can expect to learn about are space exploration’s past and future, NASA’s latest break throughs and upcoming planned missions. It’s not likely but you might even have a chance to speak with a real astronaut. You’ll probably want to spend at least a few hours wondering around the whole facility to view the replica of the space shuttle and space station.

California Travel: Hidden Gems you Didn’t Know Existed

The Golden State of California is known for its fascinating history, pleasant weather year-round, beautiful nature, spectacular beaches, adventurous hiking spots, and a thriving art scene. You wouldn’t be wrong to say there’s something for everyone in this particular West Coast State. It’s, however, important to note that California has so much more to offer than swimming in the gorgeous beaches and seeing celebrities and movie stars.  It’s time you ventured into the wilderness areas and state parks in California for more. Here are some of the hidden gems in the Golden State beyond the popular resort towns. 

San Miguel Island

San Miguel Island is primarily a plateau with lush native vegetation covering its landscape. Travelers come here for a ranger guided, sixteen-mile round trip hike across the 9,500-acre island as they see and explore one of the most spectacular wildlife displays in the world. Some of the marine animals visitors spot on the island include porpoises, gray whales, blue whales, killer whales, and dolphins. Wildlife includes little creatures such as the deer mouse and island fox. Visitors are greeted in the air by the California brown pelicans, western gulls, Cassin’s auklets, and cormorants as they enter Cuyler Harbor. 

The Cypress “Tree Tunnel”

The Cypress “Tree Tunnel” is comprised of several cypress trees planted over eight decades ago. The trees form a tunnel that leads visitors to a telegraphy receiving station also built almost a century ago. The Cypress “Tree Tunnel” can be found inside the Point Reyes National Seashore and often makes visitors feel as though they’re experiencing a fairytale. 

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow falls is a majestic 101 ft. waterfall along the San Joaquin River known for its frequent rainbows that appear in the mist the falls put out. There’s just no better way to put it. Perhaps you should head to Madera County to see the beautiful sight for yourself. A three-mile round-trip is just fine. Consider coming at midday so you can get some good rainbow pics. 

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell is one of the hot springs at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Don’t mind so much about the sulfur smell. Just focus on exploring the beautiful scene which features active steam vents, color-stained rocks, and boiling mud points. Kandall Bumpass is said to have been the first person to discover the landmark in the 1860s hence the name. 

Burney Falls

You can visit Burney Falls any time since the underground springs that feed into the falls never stop flowing. Visitors get to view the gorgeous waterfalls from the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, located near Bumpass Hell. The breathtaking spectacle flows about 100 million gallons of water into Lake Britton every day. Activities at the park include camping, fishing, and hiking. You better come and see why Theodore Roosevelt referred to the massive falls as “the 8th wonder of the world.”

Bowling Ball Beach

Located in Mendocino County, Bowling Ball Beach features a serene atmosphere and an incredible landscape. There’s no doubt this is one of the things you must see in California. The beach has large, circular boulders, referred to as concretions, hence its name. 

Lake Berryessa’s “Glory Hole”

The Glory hole is an open bell-mouth spillway at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, east of the Monticello Dam. The breathtaking spectacle might just be one of the coolest sights you’ll ever see in your life. The glory hole serves as a spillway that allows for the release of dam water into Putah Creek. Plan to visit when the water levels are right at the reservoir.