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Southwestern Style Turquoise Jewelry Explored


Join turquoise enthusiast and vintage jewelry explorer on a Backroads adventure as she goes in search of the most rare and valuable of turquoise stones, the No. 8 mine spider web matrix turquoise stone  ... 


Join Linda as she searches for the rarest of turquoise stones >> 


A One-of-a-Kind Gift from the Heart

Alice was in a club that no one wanted to be part of, a club with rituals that no one understood except for the people in it, and a club that had no membership expiration date.  You were in it until you die.  Her son had died   ...


Alice discovered she had a heart for this >>

Up On the Porch With Ol' Grandpa

One of the things that was slowly disappearing as I was growing up was the old-time General Store, complete with rocking chairs and apple barrels on the front porch and usually a couple of old guys playing checkers ...

have a seat, kick yer shoes off >>

Hit the Road with Traveler

This ol' cowboy's been a lot of places – from the Great Midwest to the Mojave Desert and from the Gulf Coast to the majestic Northern Cascades – and I'm here to tell ya, there ain't no place on earth like the Texas Hill Country …

put the pedal to the metal >>

Vintage America

J.L. Halverstadt is often in a rush to rescue a historic structure (a barn, a homestead, a bridge) before its turned into a big pile of firewood to make way for a new shopping center or some other “developer's dream” …. So , you'll usually find him late at night out pulling nails …
“Don't you ever sleep?” I asked him.

“Nope. No time to sleep. This has to come down tonight or it's firewood in the morning.”

let's git 'er done >>

Granny's Old Time Kitchen Recipes


I used to love going to my grandma's house, especially during the holiday season. Her house always smelled delicious, because of all the baking she was doing. Grandmother loved to bake and she had a long rich history of cooking and baking behind her ...

baking old-fashioned oatmeal cookies >>

Verns Great Outdoors

There ain't nothin' quite as amazing than hikin' way up into the mountains, off-the-beaten path, high above the chaos down below, following a small creek as it jumps and skips over rocks and stones.

It's here that you can sit and sit and gaze upon heaven ...

a short hike up to heaven >>

Back in the Day

My youngest boy came across a box of vinyl records the other day when we were cleaning out the attic. At first, I didn't understand why he was just standing there staring at one of the LPs with a perplexed look on his face, then I got it ...
"What's this?" he asked.
Suddenly, my mind flashed back to the 60s and 70s and the music of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, the Eagles, James Taylor, Bread, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Queen and many more, back to listening to the radio while at the drive-in movies with no idea what the picture was even about, back to hangin' out in the diner, droppin' quarters in the juke box and actually talkin' with friends over fries, a cheeseburger and a shake ...
No mobile devices. No tablets. Just old-time rock n roll and friends to share it with ...

the rediscovery of vinyl music >>

Anna's Hope Chest

Attics and Hope Chests are places of wonder and magical mystery. I spent hours, days exploring my grandmother's attic, discovered treasures beyond my wildest dreams, mysteries that sent my mind spinning off to far away exotic destinations where grand adventures were played out throughout the afternoon far beyond the horizon. One of the greatest discoveries I think I ever discovered was a box, a chest that had a collection of old faded photographs and some very ornate jewelry.

I pointed to one of he photos, a picture of a very pretty girl with long black hair that cascaded over her shoulder and fell all the way down to the back of her knees.

"Who's that?" I asked.

"That's me," my grandmother answered.

"But ... she's an Indian ... "

Grandmother smiled. "I know ... I'm an Indian and so are you ... "

"But her skin is much darker than yours ... "

"That's because ... I put powder on my skin ... " she said as she continued sorting through old photos and jewelry.


"Because it wasn't popular to be an Indian back then ... "

one little indian >>

Meet Me in Montana

Will Friedner says that he grew up in Mayberry.
Well, maybe not exactly Mayberry, but he did live in a small town, rode his bike around that town with friends up and down tree-lined streets, play baseball, hung out at the local diner, eating cheeseburgers and fries and drinking sodas and shakes. It was a good life for a child and that's what brought Will and his wife, Angie, back to Montana. They wanted to raise their daughter in a place just like they had grown up.
That was their dream. “It's the dream of a lot of folks,” explained Will, “but even if it's not the exact same dream, everyone has a dream.”

everyone has a dream >>

Victorian Dreams

Sandra Foster had a dream of turning a broken down hunting cabin in the Catskills into a romantic Victorian cottage. A whole lotta sweat, creativity and three thousand dollars later ... well, see for yourself ....

victorian dreams >>

Giant Gingerbread House for Six

Right in the heart of Arizona is a gingerbread house that will blow your mind. Standing 18-foot-tall and able to accommodate up to six people for private dining in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ ....

eat dinner inside it >>




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What Folks are Sayin' About the Work of Michael Traveler

“I can always envision myself in the midst of your poems and stories ... you are truly gifted.” ~ Kelly Brennan


“Beautifully written ... Resonated & soothed my spirit ... I needed this ... Thank you, Traveler … ”   ~ Brenda Curtiss

“Your stories and poems take my breath away and put me in
a different time. I love them.”   ~ Barbi Chambers


“Your poems speak to the heart.
Thank You for sharing YOUR GIFT!
It's TRULY heaven sent for me!
God Bless and Keep You!”
~ Cindy Oquinn

“Traveler's stories touch  the heart and soul
of many to give them hope
in dark circumstances.”
 ~ Nancy Lee McAvoy






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