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Travelers Café

Rick Steves | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

High school grads in the Alps, a "monk chat" in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and under the pillow in a Scottish B&B. There's a lot going on in our Travelers Café where I collect my favorite blogs.

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

10 Most Romantic Places in the UK

Jane Anderson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Jane Anderson

Britain can be incredibly romantic. Not the obvious stuff like the Tower of London, Stonehenge, or Shakespeare's Stratford. But there are many, many gorgeous little hideaways and beauty spots that most tourists never see.

Emotional Zach Johnson 'At A Loss Of Words' After Winning British Open

Reuters | Justin Block | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports

ST ANDREWS, Scotland - American Zach Johnson claimed the second major victory of his career when he beat Australian Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen...

Guy Unleashes His Freshest Dance Moves To 'Uptown Funk'

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.17.2015 | Good News

Sometimes, when you're really feelin' the music, you just. Gotta. Dance.  And that's exactly what Fred Rawicz did when he hea...

Trailblazing Women: Vicky Brock, Founder and CEO of Clear Returns

Anne Ravanona | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Vicky Brock is CEO of a high-growth technology start-up, Clear Returns, which helps retailers boost profits by understanding and tackling their returns.

A Second Enlightenment in the Making? Seven Stories From the Front Lines

Otto Scharmer | Posted 07.09.2015 | Good News
Otto Scharmer

I am writing this post to share a few heartening snapshots from the past few weeks that illustrate the power of the shift in awareness, from ego-systems to eco-systems, that is happening around the planet right now.

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source...

SNP's Record in Government Means They Can't Be Trusted With Full Fiscal Autonomy

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

One of the hot topics for the SNP these days is whether or not to demand Full Fiscal Autonomy from the UK government. If they do not ask for Full Fiscal Autonomy, if that is not the highest thing on their agenda in this post-referendum environment, then it rather calls into question the whole project of an independent Scotland -- still the SNP's long term goal.

1 Million Needy Kids Have Food To Eat At School Thanks To The Work Of A Former Fish Farmer

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact

One dedicated man is helping to make sure that impoverished children won't go hungry during the school day. Mary's Meals, a charitable organizatio...

How a Grexit and Brexit Would Unravel Europe

Joschka Fischer | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

BERLIN -- The combination of Grexit and Brexit, and its consequences not just for the stability of the eurozone, but for the continued existence of the EU, is probably the greatest danger that Europe has faced since the Cold War's end.

What Does it Take to Make a Movie? Wisdom from Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Since the the 1980s, Rosenfeld has been producing great movies like Howards End, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Remains of the Day, Surviving Picasso, Tree of Life and Jodorowsky's Dune. And just last month, he debuted the film Effie Gray starring a stellar cast of actors.

Understanding Scotland's Historic Election Result

Jennifer Erickson | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Jennifer Erickson

The reality is that Scottish voters chose something markedly different than their English neighbors. But since more than 80 percent of UK voters live in England, the reality is that the UK will once again get the government that England votes for.

This Lassie's Love

Mary McLaurine | Posted 05.14.2015 | Good News
Mary McLaurine

So, I thought ye might be a wonderin' Bout this Lassie's love she holds For a lad that swept her off her feet So here's the story told He speaks nary...

Thousands Sign Petition For North England To Join Future Independent Scotland

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

An online petition calling for the north of England to join Scotland if it wins independence from the United Kingdom has been gathering signatures qui...

The Hidden 'Wild West Town' of Edinburgh, Scotland

Tom Moran | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Tom Moran

Back in 2005, Ulla's Amazing Wee Blog announced that one of the most unusual urban oddities in the Scots capital may not be long for this world. But despite this decade-old warning, Edinburgh's quirky Wild West Town is still very much with us.

Edinburgh's Imaginate Festival Leaves Kids to Their Imagination

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

Widening a child's perspective on the world is part of healthy child-rearing and one way to do that is introducing music and performing arts, which is essential for development and stimulation.

British PM Rules Out Another Scottish Independence Vote

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday ruled out giving Scotland another independence referendum despite spectacula...

Scottish Nationalists Warn British PM He Can't Ignore Their Landslide In Scotland

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2015 | World

SOUTH QUEENSFERRY, Scotland, May 9 (Reuters) - After sweeping almost all the seats in Scotland in Thursday's British election, the leader of the seces...

Nationalist Party's Triumph In Scotland Raises Possibility Of New Independence Referendum

Reuters | Angus MacSwan, Andy Bruce and Alistair Smout | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

EDINBURGH/ABERDEEN, May 8 (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday held out the possibility of a new independence referendum ...

Maureen Ryan

'Outlander' Did Something Radical Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment

This post discusses the events of “Lallybroch,” the April 25 episode of the Starz drama “Outlander.” So “Outlander” just did something...

Goldman Prize Winners 2015: When Art Empowers Society, and So Much More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Once again, Goldman Prize awardees embody how single, determined individuals across the world can mobilize enough groundswell to conquer industrial Goliaths. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, these 2015 superheroes form a fountain of inspiration for all of us, and their weblinks show how we can act.

Now You Can Search For The Loch Ness Monster Without Leaving Home

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.21.2015 | Weird News

You don't have to rent a boat to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster any more. You don't even have to travel to Scotland. Google mounted a Street View ...

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.

The Strangest of Bedfellows: How SNP and Tory Interests Will Align

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

We must understand this to understand the SNP's position. The SNP does not see itself as fundamentally-invested in the ideology of who wins at "Westminster." On the surface of it, if Scotland had to be governed from Westminster, they publicly declare that they would prefer a left-wing government.