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Editor Bios Joann Holt

By Joann Holt


Charleston South Carolina Oozes Southern Charm

I was privileged to spend a few days in Charleston, S.C. last week.  It was a short business trip, but there was time to explore the fascinating city between meetings and events. A popular tourist destination, Charleston has been… (more)

Enjoy Southern Hospitality in Johnston County, North Carolina

Visiting Johnston County in North Carolina offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history, along with a large serving of southern hospitality. The best way to explore this area is with a local tour guide, like we did recently. We… (more)

Stay in Round Rock to Avoid Austin Traffic

Because I travel frequently from Dallas down to Austin, a roundtrip on I-35 South of just under 400 miles, a favorite new ploy is to stay north of the city. That’s the easy way to avoid the horrendous mid-town traffic.… (more)

Not Just Another Pancake House

Until recently, I thought all pancake houses were pretty much the same. But then, a recent visit to the Original House of Pancakes in Irving/Las Colinas showed how badly mistaken I was. The Original House of Pancakes (founded in Portland,… (more)

Handmade Children’s Gifts from the Heart

Looking for something different for the wee ones on your holiday shopping list?  For colorful, sometimes quirky children’s hats, blankets, rattles and soft toys guaranteed to be fair trade, visit Pebble Products, an online company. We recently ordered this… (more)

No ghosts at Terlingua Chili Cook-off

For years I had heard tales about the wild, “return to the old West” adventures enjoyed by friends (mostly men) attending the annual Terlingua chili cook-off.  Held in the legendary Terlingua Ghost Town in remote southwest Texas, the annual… (more)

Arizona Adventures

My husband and I recently spent five days in Arizona, visiting two places that had been on both our bucket lists. Our first stop in The Grand Canyon State was too long overdue.  We were finally… (more)

Interview With Luminous Liz Mikel

Liz Mikel, who’s long been one of the most luminous leading ladies on Dallas stages, is featured as The Nurse in Dallas Theater Center’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare’s tragic tale of doomed love has been given an exciting contemporary setting… (more)

Timely guide helps plan National Park visits

Just in time for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, and to help families plan their spring/summer trips, there’s a new guide available. The 8th edition of the National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States has everything… (more)

Cinco Tacos Relaunch Proves Popular

I recently took my husband along to attend a relaunch celebration for Cinco Tacos Cocina & Tequila in North Dallas (5000 Belt Line Road).  It was  hosted by Chef Antonio Marquez (pictured) and GM Mario Letay. Judging from… (more)