I have been very fortunate to have a few extra days to spend in San Francisco, CA this past week and what a terrific surprise it has been. This city is bustling with high energy and activity in every direction! I feel a high level of positive energy as I stroll the streets and take in the sites and sounds.
For many of us Thanksgiving means a long 4-day weekend filled with eating, watching sports, and socializing with friends and family. For others it may be the start of the Christmas season and a kickoff to shopping as well as holiday decorating. Thanksgiving dates all the way back to 1621 and have been recognized as a national holiday since 1863 as a celebration of gratitude for all of our many blessings!
New Orleans is a city that is recognized world wide for Bourbon Street and the annual Mardi Gras Festivities but you would be missing the boat if that’s all you got out of your experience in the Big Easy!
The second day of my road trip resumed after resting for a couple short hours at the Mississippi Welcome Center near the state line between Alabama and itself. As I pulled away from my parking place I realized that I hadn’t slept all night but a break from starring at oncoming headlights was good. The sun was rising and I knew it was going to be a beautiful day to make the long diagonal commute across the state and eventually into Louisiana.
I will never forget the night I met Muhammad Ali, the greatest heavyweight champion of all time! A man who is widely considered one of the greatest athletes in history was also extremely influential outside the ring, most notably in the areas of religious freedom, racial justice, and social change. Continue reading