6 Things to do in Los Angeles

The city of Angels is the second largest city in the country and has a million things to offer. This place is full of entertainment adventures, starving artists, and actors waiting for their big break. On the one hand this sounds sad, but I’m a glass is half full kinda girl and the potentiality found in L.A. is very intriguing. There are so many people from so many backgrounds I’d love to meet. Here are the top six things I’d like to see on a trip to Los Angeles.

  1. Hollywood Walk of Fame: Of course this is on the list! Can someone visit L.A. without seeing the Walk of Fame? There are so many celebrities across media platforms and history with stars on the Walk. Although I’d love to see all of the stars a few I would specifically look for are Julie Andrews (because I’m definitely Mary Poppins), Morgan Freeman (because he’s always the God figure in film), and Audrey Hepburn (because she’s iconic).
  2. Hollywood Sign: Again, can’t make a trip without this stop. There are three hiking trails of various skill levels and lengths. I’m no pro hiker, especially considering I live in the flattest part of the county. But I love a challenge, plus dogs are welcome!
  3. TCL Chinese Theatre: I’ve seen this place in movies like Iron Man 3 and Rush Hour and it looks like fun. The theatre is real movie theater, not just a set for filming. It opened in 1927, and the coolest thing is a 30 foot dragon carved in stone. How crazy is that!
  4. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: The architectural style of this cathedral is postmodern. I think it looks cold with peculiar light fixtures, and I don’t see the tabernacle which makes me a very unhappy Catholic millennial. Regardless, one of the beautiful things about being Catholic is that we can all partake of the same Bread but have different preferences on where we worship. I know a couple of my brothers and sisters who would love this style of architecture and find my favorite style, Gothic revival, just creepy.
  5. Santa Monica Pier: This giant pier is world famous and has so many things to offer it would need a whole day dedicated to it. There is a trapeze school which sounds fun but also like something I’d chicken out of doing, so I’ll need an alpha type to challenge (not push) me to do it. There’s also a huge ferris wheel and double decker bus tours of famous L.A. landmarks.
  6. Griffith Observatory: The observatory is home to a planetarium, museum, and public telescope. They host star parties where the astronomically curious can meet and stargaze during dusk into the night.

Los Angeles is another one of those cities that I had a very hard time choosing only six things to do here. Hopefully I’ll have to opportunity to see the entertainment capital of the world and see a lot more than just these six things.

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6 Things to do in Jackson

Well ya’ll we’re heading back to the SEC in today’s post in the Dream City Trip series. Along with being great at sports, Jackson, Mississippi has a rich history and surprisingly diverse natural landscape. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in my epic road trip:

  1. Jackson Volcano: An extinct volcano sits right below the Mississippi Coliseum. It hasn’t erupted since the Cretaceous period. If you’re like me and your prehistoric timeline isn’t so good, its from 145 million years ago to 66 million years ago. So I think it would be safe to walk around the Mississippi State Fair Grounds hosted at the Mississippi Colosseum.
  2. The Oaks: This beautiful house museum is a Greek revival cottage built in 1853. It is one of the oldest homes in Jackson and was, thankfully, unharmed when Union forces burned the city during the Civil War. The home sits on four beautifully manicured acres.
  3. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame: This museum commemorates some of the biggest names in sports like Steve Knight, Bobby Collins, Leslie Frazier, and Archie Manning. I’m not gonna lie to you folks, I love all those Mannings. Even though Peyton Manning beat my Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI denying my favorite fellas like Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, and Hester the accolades they deserve. But I digress.
  4. St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral: This gorgeous cathedral is the heart of the Diocese of Jackson and is built in a spectacular Neo-Gothic style, my favorite. There is a beautiful image of our Lord right above the front door welcoming us to dine at his table in the Eucharist.
  5. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: Mississippi, like the rest of the south, has a long history with black Americans. The Civil Rights Museum has eight galleries highlighting the years of 1945-1976. There are interactive exhibits and amazing artifacts to teach the struggle of black people in America, fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.
  6. Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum: This place just sounded so interesting and a bit peculiar. Agriculture has always been the lifeblood of the Mississippi economy and this museum highlights this significance. In 1969, Jim Buck Ross began to preserve and teach the history of agricultural industries across the state.

I’ve never thought about Mississippi much, other than Ole Miss football. But there seems to be a lot this state has to offer. I think it would be a great place to learn more about American history, economics, and environmental preservation.

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Illuminating Suicide with Logan Paul

I woke up this morning to a very heartbreaking story. When I logged into Twitter, I found a tweet from Chris Stuckman about Logan Paul. He is a very popular YouTube star that made a vile video. As I understand it, while on vacation in Japan, Logan Paul and his friends decided to visit a forest where many people commit suicide. He wanted to see if it was haunted. While there, he and his friends came across the body of person who had committed suicide earlier that day. Apparently, he called out to the person, cracked jokes, and showed a purple hand. This whole thing breaks my heart.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people; once every 15 minutes someone takes their own life. His primary demographic is our youth, those who are at their most impressionable. I am baffled by the idea of such disrespect for the sanctity of life, the dignity of that person, and empathy for the loved ones that person left behind. How could a person film, edit, and post such a video? Who are the friends with him that encouraged this? Who are the family members that raised a person who thinks this okay?

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Logan Paul is very popular, he has a platform. If he wants to advocate for better mental health and prevent suicide, illuminating the issue with a victim is not helpful or productive. This makes those of us who have first and second hand experience with mental illness angry and concerned. I am concerned about the children and teens who watch his channel, listen to his music, and watch his movies.

Although the video had the suicide prevention hotline phone number in the description box and YouTube has taken it down since the large outcry on social media. But this isn’t enough. YouTube needs to demonetize, people need to unsubscribe, parents need to control access to his content, and companies need to pull him from their payroll. He should spend some time with people with those who are suicidal. He needs to spend time with the families and friends of the people left behind after suicide. Logan Paul needs to spend some time reflecting on the choice has has made and the emotional consequences of those choices. I do believe this punishment should be temporary and not indefinite. Once he’s grown on this issue, we should all find forgiveness in our hearts and encourage his creativity.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or engaging in self harm, please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

6 Things to do in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore is one I’ve seen before but have never truly experienced. I have family that lives in this area of the country and when there, we were there for family events only. I haven’t been back since joining the Church and next time I go, it’ll be an American Catholic millennial’s dream. You’ll see why in the sixth thing on this list.

  1. Cathedral of Mary our Queen: An English Gothic architecture makes me think of the Tudors. It has gorgeous high ceilings to help me imagine the voices of the faithful rising to heaven. There is also a spectacular carving of the Risen Lord.
  2. The Star Spangled Banner Flag House: The flag house was bulletin in 1793 and was once the home and business site for Mary Pickergill. She was the woman who sewed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem.
  3. U.S. Holocaust Museum: This museum shows the entire history of the Holocaust with different galleries holding a variety of artifacts. It starts with the rise of the Nazi party and Hitler’s power. It shows how the laws and culture in Germany became increasingly anti-Semitic. Galleries showing the war breaking out and Germany’s invasion of neighboring countries is next. Possibly the most powerful area of the museum highlights the Nazi’s “final solution,” in which six million Jews were systematically murdered. The visit ends with the liberation of prisoners an the conclusion of the war.
  4. 7 Foot Knoll Lighthouse: This lighthouse was built in 1855 at the mouth of the Patapsco River. I tis the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland, meaning it stands on piles screwed into sand and mud at the bottom of the river
  5. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall: This theatre is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It hosts events of different types of performances including orchestra, dance, and opera.
  6. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Yay, number six! This is our national cathedral, the first Catholic cathedral built in our beautiful country. It’s huge, it’s gorgeous, it’s magnificent, and it has the perfect name since our Lady is the patron of America. I can’t want to see this church!

The fantastic city of Baltimore has such a rich history. Our country was born in this area so it has played and instrumental role her foundation. It is also a hub for cultural experiences like museums and stage performances. Plus, to add to all that glory, it has our national cathedral!

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6 Things to do in Wilmington

Wilmington is the largest city in one of America’s smallest states. The city is built on the first Swedish settlement in North America. I think the city takes pride in its Swedish roots because the city flag looks a lot like the Swedish flag. I have to wonder if Swedish culture is prevalent throughout the city. As part of my epic cross country road trip, I’d like to see Wilmington Delaware and these top six sites:

  1. Liquid Alchemy Beverages: Owners, Terri and Jeff, took a vacation to Portland, Maine (a place on our list to see) and came back with a passion for home brewing. After years of work they opened Liquid Alchemy in 2016 where visitors can try their award winning meads and ciders.
  2. Delaware Nature Society: This organization was founded in 1964 and is focused on environmental conservation, advocacy, and education. The society manages over 2,000 acres including a farm preserve where visitors can eat fresh seasonal produce.
  3. Cathedral of St. Peter: Built in 1816, this Romanesque Revival style parish looks beautiful. The outside has simple reddish colored bricks but the sanctuary is bright white, reminding worshippers that the Mass is our taste of heaven on earth.
  4. Hagley Museum and Library: This 235 acre property was once a gunpowder manufacturing site. Today, visitors channeler more about American ingenuity from the home of the duPont family. They even have an organic cafe to provide sustenance to hard working learners.
  5. Nemours Mansion and Gardens: Speaking of the duPonts, Alfred duPont built this property for his second wife, Alicia. The home, built in the 18th century in a French style, sits on 3,000 well manicured acres where visitors can learn more about the duPont family.
  6. The Grand: This concert hall was opened in 1871. Today, the stage hosts over 300 events per year including orchestras, ballets, and stand up comedy.

Like many of the states on this side of the country, Delaware is home to a variety of activities and boasts a long history. I’d love to see many of the things Wilmington has to offer.

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6 Things to do in Little Rock

In the middle of the country is a lovely little state called Arkansas. Here is the town of Little Rock that, surprisingly, has a lot to offer. It isn’t the first place I’d consider to be a cultural hub or Catholic hotspot, but it is still on my list of places to see. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in this unsuspecting place:

  1. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum: One of Arkansas’ greatest claims to fame is that it is the home of the 42nd president of the United States. The museum highlights and recreates some of the best work done by President Clinton to move our country forward.
  2. Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Over 2,000 acres of nature preserve allows visitors to hike an learn about native Arkansas species through the landscape.
  3. Museum of Discovery: This super fun looking museum highlights the sciences and engineering. There is a theater devoted to Nikola Tesla’s work with electricity and a theater showing what Arkansas has to live through being in Tornado Alley.
  4. Historic Arkansas Museum: This exciting museum houses artifacts from throughout Arkansas long history including knives owned by David Bowie.
  5. Esse Purse Museum: This place just looks fun and unique. Each gallery highlights a different decade. It shows how purses have changed over the year san how the things women keep in purses has changed over the entry. I can get down with an avant-garde attraction like this one.
  6. St. Andrew Cathedral: This Gothic revival style church is the oldest place of continuous worship in Little Rock. We catholics love consistency! They’ve been going strong since 1845.

I think Arkansas is considered a “fly over state” for some,  but after doing  a little research, it seems to have so much to offer to tourists. I’d love to see the home of Bill Clinton and enjoy all of the natural landscape the state has to offer.

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6 Things to do in New Orleans

The delightful city of New Orleans is next in our series of Dream City Trips. It seems like a fascinating hodge lodge of cultures and history. Originally a French territory, many aspects of French culture prevail. Including delicious pastries and a Catholic flare. It is also situated in the American southeast where slavery was prevalent and black, afro-centric culture is woven into the city’s atmosphere. I think this melding of cultures is found most especially in the grandiose celebrations of Mardi Gras with include voodoo, masquerades, and all comes to a prompt end at midnight on Ash Wednesday when the penitential season of Lent begins. This spectacular city is a must-see for anyone looking for adventure, history, and amazing food.

  1. St. Louis Cathedral: You know the Catholic millennial trip must include the cathedral of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I love this one because, as mentioned, New Orleans is home to a lot of French culture. For this reason, the cathedral is named St. Louis after the king of France, Louis IX.
  2. National World War II Museum: The coolest thing I see on the website is an amazing 4D journey through D-Day. It begins with the Allies planning the invasion all the way through to the beaches at Normandy.
  3. Preservation Hall: This jazz den was established in 1961. The mission of the hall is to protect and preserve New Orleans Jazz. Is it different than regular jazz? I’m not sure, but I’ll be sure to find out for us when I go. Visitors can learn more about the history of jazz and see a live jazz band fit with all the brass and wind instruments we associate with the bayou.
  4. New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden: The museum houses artifacts and art pieces from a variety of cultures throughout history. The gardens highlight French and American cultures on five acres. The property is home to beautiful large, well established trees like pines, oaks, and magnolias. I’m sure this is a good place to waste a sunny afternoon.
  5. Superdome: Have I mentioned I’m a fan of football. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home turf of the “who dat” New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is probably one of my favorite quarterbacks because after winning the Superbowl, he grabbed his wife and nuggets for hugs and kisses, unlike other athletes. After winning championships they grab the champaign, trophy, and ESPN correspondents. I appreciate his priorities.
  6. The Presbytere: This Louisiana State Museum highlights some of the most famous aspects of Louisiana history Situated in the French Quarter near the Cathedral, it shares the history of Mardi Gras, which dates back to the Middle Ages, and remembers the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when hundreds of Americans lost their lives.

I’m not gonna lie, one of the things that makes me so excited is its French history. The French, historically, were a strong Catholic people. They brought with them their religion and delicious treats like beignets.

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