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Caboose Motel

Caboose Motel
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams. THE CABOOSE MOTEL is a popular tourist attraction in Titusville, Pennsylvania. And not just because different-colored, rustic cabooses all strung together make for a cute motel idea. Titusville is home of the Drake Well Museum, highlighting...
May 30th, 2011 | HOTELS & MOTELS, QUIRKY PLACES, STAFF | Read More

The Blue Canoe Brewery

The Blue Canoe Brewery
By Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams & Milli Thornton. Titusville, Pennsylvania is known for the discovery of petroleum in the 1850s, resulting in the birth of the modern oil industry. Tourists also flock there to ride the OC&T (Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad) to nearby...
May 30th, 2011 | STAFF, WINE & BEER | Read More

Bill Stumpf, Character and Site Interpreter, Drake Well Museum

Bill Stumpf, Character and Site Interpreter, Drake Well Museum
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos & video Copyright © Brian Williams. “Most of us are covered in oil, from the toes on up, because of all the thousands of products made from oil.” So goes the opening to a fascinating spiel by Bill Stumpf, speaking for the Drake Well Museum located outside of...
May 28th, 2011 | CHARACTERS, Historic/Museums, STAFF, VIDEOS | Read More

A Writer’s Retreat, Katoomba, Australia

A Writer’s Retreat, Katoomba, Australia
Dear Visitor, This story was a labor of love and, as you can tell by the comments, did once appear here in its full glory. Somewhere along the way, it simply vanished, and I haven’t discovered why yet. Still examining the HTML for clues. And I hope it’s not a database issue. Apologies for...
May 21st, 2011 | AUSTRALIA, STAFF, WRITER'S RETREAT, WRITING | Read More

Funky Signs: Exit Only or the Empire Will Crush You

Funky Signs: Exit Only or the Empire Will Crush You
Story by Milli Thornton. Photo Copyright © Brian Williams. THAT DARTH VADAR gets around. Here he is policing traffic at a drive-through liquor store attached to Mike’s Circle Grocery in Deerfield, Ohio. Mike’s is right on the roundabout in the middle of town. It’s tricky enough pulling...
May 18th, 2011 | FUNKY SIGNS, STAFF | Read More

Review – Instant Immersion: French Deluxe

Review – Instant Immersion: French Deluxe
Reviewed by Milli Thornton WE WERE OFF to Québec for the Montréal Jazz Festival and I wanted to learn some French. I knew I didn’t have time to become fluent in the language, but I was hoping to at least learn some small talk: how to ask directions, order off the menu and exchange pleasantries...
May 7th, 2011 | DEALS, LANGUAGES, Reviews, STAFF | Read More

Parakeet Café, Katoomba

Parakeet Café, Katoomba
Story by Milli Thornton. Photo Copyright © Milli Thornton. KATOOMBA IS a two-hour train ride from Sydney airport. You don’t have to go by train, but that’s my favorite way—and that’s how I got to Katoomba last time I was there, in 2002, when I did a writer’s retreat at Varuna...
April 18th, 2011 | AUSTRALIA, COFFEE, STAFF | Read More