Obidos, Portugal

Oh-bee-dush is how it’s pronounced.   It’s a walled city in the countryside of Portugal.  It’s name probably came from the Latin oppidum which means city or citadel.  There are about 14,000 residents in this small town and the citadel sits atop the area.  It was built originally as an early Roman settlement and has…

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10 Days in Europe with a carry on suitcase

I told my friend she was nuts to think I was going away for ten days with only a carry on bag. And a small duffle. That’s it.  That was the challenge Keri gave me.  Then Becky said I could do it, and should do it.  Why did I need to lug around all that…

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Sunday Update: Visiting Friends

I lived in Chicago 30 years and go back to visit family and friends a couple of times a year.  This weekend is my nieces birthday and we try to come out every spring.  This year my 11 year old great nephew asked if he could come along.  Steven has traveled with me several places,…

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5 Business Travel Apps

Christine Kane is one of our favorite guest bloggers.  I love travel and do lots of it for business.  You can bet I’ll use this advice!   5 Business Travel Apps that You’ll Actually Use (and LOVE!) If you travel for business, no doubt you’ve got more than one app that was supposed to make…

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Sunday Update: Food on the Road

This past week I spent in Tucson participating in professional development and year two towards my IOM designation. I stayed at an airbnb location instead of a hotel.  Smart move.  Breakfast each day was a Keurig coffee and hot gluten free oatmeal.  And lots of water.  During most lunches we were treated by the Institute…

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Building Possibility in Milbank, SD

I don’t just drive somewhere to speak at a meeting, and then leave.  I’m a small town enthusiast so I like to visit.  I like to drive around and see what I can see.  I stop in shops and talk to people.  I visit the Chamber/tourism people.  I get a feel for a town.  I…

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Grasshopper Guest House

July 11 I traveled to LeClaire, Iowa and spent the weekend.  LeClaire is located on the Mississippi River in central Iowa.  I chose to visit because the town is doing some things right, and I wanted to find out what was working for them.  I love to find unique places to stay when I go…

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Every Stone on the Road Precious to Me

Stanley Kunitz lived to be 100 years old and wrote many poems.  According to Poets.org: His honors include the Bollingen Prize, a Ford Foundation grant, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, Harvard’s Centennial Medal, the Levinson Prize, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Medal of the Arts,…

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January, where have you gone?

It’s been a whirlwind of a month to kick off 2014! Here’s a few things we’ve been doing at Debworks. I got interviewed on the Money for Lunch program and you can hear what I have to say about 23 minutes into the recording here:  Deb Talks About Small Towns  My friend Jon Swanson wrote…

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The Tour Update

December 2013 Update In April of 2013 we gave a tour of 12 buildings in Webster City.  People picked up a map, and went around and visited the locations.  These 12 buildings were either for sale or for rent and our goal was to get some attention.  We wanted people to talk, to dream, to…

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