Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Friday Funnies

December 1st, 2017

Cringe worthy jokes & riddles to share at holiday parties ~ Tis the Season!

A woman went to the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards. Clerk: “What denomination?” Woman: “Oh, good heavens! Have we come to this? Well, give me 50 Baptist and 50 Catholic.”

A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two-tired.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The man who fell into an upholstery factory is now fully recovered.

You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

He often broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

Every calendar’s days are numbered.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

A merry Christmas to Ewe, and Ewe and Ewe!

On This Holy Night

November 29th, 2017

Christmas is a time of festive celebrations. It’s a to reminisce about days gone by, a great excuse to eat too much, sing too loudly, and spend more money than we should. Christmas can stir up intense and complex feelings (both pleasurable and painful) that sometimes take us by surprise. And for Christians, Christmas is a time of awe, reverence and wonder, when the timeless story of Christ’s birth is once again read from the Gospels for all the world to hear.

Some of the most cherished Christmas joys are found in family traditions that link one year to another with the harmony of favorite carols, the sparkle of familiar ornaments, and, of course, gift giving. Year after year, decade after decade, we delight in the reappearance of well-worn downtown Christmas lights and garlands. We are thrilled when the church sets up its nativity scene, angels, shepherds, wise men, and all no matter where we are.

But the very familiarity of Christmas sometimes causes us to overlook the most vital expressions of what should be a meaningful season. We have listened to the words of the great Christmas hymns so many times since childhood that we sometimes fail to appreciate their eloquent meaning. We have heard a hundred times about Mary and Joseph’s long, weary trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem, but we haven’t always stopped to remember just exactly how and why it happened. We’ve almost memorized the Bible story, we’ve sung the carols, we’ve hung the holly, and we’ve roasted the turkey. When it comes to Christmas, we’ve done it all…. including missing it by being too busy with the festivities.

Somewhere along the way, many have lost touch with what happened on that holy night, the heart of Christmas itself. With that in mind I hope the following weeks posts remind you of the beautiful, inspirational and profoundly spiritual good news of Christmas that are sometimes eclipsed by the gleam and glitter of today’s celebration.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday in South Dakota: Hiking Spearfish Canyon

November 26th, 2017

Some people like to wear masks and hit each other with sticks and call if fencing. As for me, I am enjoying hiking. Hiking is an excuse to be outdoors surrounded by the smells and sounds of Mother nature. There’s something about being on the trail wherever I am, feeling the wind brush against my skin and the world seems to come to a standstill, that keeps me going back outside for more. This weekend I found a couple great local hikes near Spearfish, South Dakota.

If you don’t have much time to hike while you’re visiting Spearfish Canyon, I would like to encourage you to put Spearfish Falls on your list. At only ¾ mile long it isn’t too strenuous. The hike descends 110 feet of wide pathway. It is a wonderful place to stretch your legs while soaking in the beauty of the canyon floor. And this is just one of the waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon.

Across the street is parking for Roughlock Falls 1-mile Nature Trail that I took after getting warmed up on Spearfish Falls. (Warmed up is a relative term when the temperature was 28 degrees F.)

Roughlock would be a great place for wildlife enthusiast to hike. Located in Spearfish Canyon it’s considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills. This trail is easily-accessible and winds its way slowly to a breathtaking waterfall that flows into Spearfish Canyon from Little Spearfish.

Fun Trivia: Spearfish Canyon is where Dances with Wolves final winter scene took place. The site can be found just north of Roughlock Falls in the Black Hills National Forest.

Enjoy

Let’s Give Thanks

November 22nd, 2017

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalms 118:1

A pastor and his wife invited a new young couple in the church over for Thanksgiving dinner. As the couple entered the home, they smelled the wonderful turkey and all the trimmings in the kitchen. As the four made their way to the dining room table, there was a great feast before them!

But as the young wife scanned the table, she noticed something out of place. Among the turkey, dressing, casseroles, and pies were three Chinese takeout cartons and a plate of egg rolls!

“I know what you’re thinking,” the old pastor said. “Why is there Chinese takeout on the table?” “You see,” he continued, “23 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, my dear wife burned the turkey and started a fire in our kitchen! In fact, our entire kitchen nearly caught fire and the whole Thanksgiving meal was charred black!”

“So, after the fire department left,” he chuckled, “we ordered Chinese takeout and that was our Thanksgiving meal! And every year since, we’ve had Chinese takeout as a part of our meal to remind us to be thankful for what we have!”

This year, I hope Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday for you. It should be a way of life for every Christian. We serve a wonderful God who sent his Son to die for us. As you continue to reflect on what you are thankful for this year, remember God’s blessings in your life!

GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR HOW HE HAS BLESSED YOU IN YOUR LIFE AND ESPECIALLY FOR SENDING CHRIST TO DIE FOR YOU! HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

 

Sunday in South Dakota: Lille Norge Fest

November 19th, 2017

Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll be sure to find something to pique your interest at this weekend’s Lille Norge Fest in Rapid City.

My high school years were spent in Jamestown, North Dakota where many of the locals were Norwegian. After arriving in Rapid City, it didn’t take long to realize that the Dakotas share that heritage and there’s a lot more to being Norwegian than just Ole jokes and Lutefisk.

This weekend the Sons of Norway hosted their annual Lille Norge Fest at the Borgland Lodge. Crowds of people wearing Norwegian sweaters and bunads (traditional Norwegian outfits) were savoring fresh lefse, krumkake, and rosettes. For a region rich with Norwegian ancestry, this annual festival is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, featuring Nordic cuisine, cultural entertainment, dancing and handcrafted gifts.

The Rapid City Lille Norge Fest was founded in 1973 to promote and preserve Norwegian culture in America. It was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours getting into the holiday spirit with Norwegian flair and Lefse. (They ran out of Lutefisk before I went through the line. Maybe next weekend)

 

Whatever you do this week – do it with flair.

Friday Funnies

November 17th, 2017

This weekend I will be attending the Lille Norge Fest. It’s a celebration of Norwegian Lutherans, Lefse and Lutefisk. In case you are unfamiliar with this Norwegian delicacy, let these give you an inkling. Poor lutefisk, that quavering smelly dollop of codfish-flavored Jell-O and today the butt of so many jokes.

Ole and Lena were sitting on the porch and smelled an awful smell. “There must be a skunk under the porch!” exclaimed Lena. “Well,” said Ole, “just throw some lutefisk down there. It’ll be gone in no time.” Lena considers this and says, “Ooo, well, I don’t mind the skunk that much.”

Ole, Sven and Lars die in a tragic Lutefisk dinner accident. They are met by God on the stairway to heaven. God says, “There are 3,000 steps to heaven. It’s very serious up there. I’ll tell you a joke on each 1,000th step you reach. If you laugh you go to hell.” So they start walking and reach to the first 1,000th step. God tells a joke, Lars laughs out loud and goes straight to hell. Ole and Sven look at each other nervously. On the 2,000th step God tells another joke, Sven tries his best but laughs and goes to straight to hell. On the 3,000th step God tells the last and best joke, Ole doesn’t laugh and proceeds to the gate. Suddenly, Ole bursts out laughing hysterically. God asks, “What are you laughing about?”. Ole replies, “Oh that’s funny. I just got the first joke!”.

To be honest, lefse and lutefisk are white and bland and simple. Their humble, long-storing ingredients are the flavor of poverty and survival, of northern climate a with short growing season.

Lefse started out as an unremarkable flour pastry. It’s believed the potatoes—the ingredient that makes this food really special—only became an element when Norwegians traveled to Ireland, where potatoes were a staple and more plentiful and nutritious than flour.

Lutefisk origin stories, on the other hand, are all over the map. Both Norwegians and Swedes claim to have invented it. One legend says some dried cod fell into a vat of lye by accident, but the people were too poor to throw it out, so they rinsed it off and ate it anyway, eventually finding that soaking in lye was better than water at rehydrating the cardboard-like dried fish.  

Today, Norwegians across the Dakota Territories eat these foods around the holidays to remember the old ways. Here you can find lutefisk suppers in church and lodge basements every weekend throughout the winter. Wish me luck!

 

 

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: Phone Conversations

November 15th, 2017

Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

Have you ever been on the phone and you lose the signal and the call drops? Did it take you a few minutes to realize that the person was no longer listening? Don’t laugh, I know it has because it happens to me at least a couple times a week while driving into the Black Hills. Sometimes it’s easy to get so wrapped up in what we’re talking about that I don’t realize I’m about to pass the imaginary line of phone communication driving up the hill. And I think she’s just listening. It’s kind of embarrassing, isn’t it?

Or maybe you tend to interrupt others. Your friend says something that reminds you of something else, and without warning you change the subject. Do you find yourself later realizing that your friend never finished their story?

Sadly, our prayer lives sometimes resemble a one-sided conversation. We begin by telling God all the things that we think we need. We outline for Him exactly how we’re going to carry out His plans for our lives – without always asking Him what those plans are! On we go, full steam ahead, without realizing that we haven’t heard a response from God. We’re so busy talking that His silence slips by us.

Other times we begin to get a vision for something Gods wants us to do. But before He can finish preparing us for His plan, we rush off with only half the story. It may be a good idea for us to slow down just a bit. God knows our hearts, and He doesn’t need so many of our words. Our friends might appreciate a little more listening too.

Murder on the Orient Express

November 12th, 2017

Yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed a magical cinema event. I use the word magical because Murder on the Orient Express takes you out of your own reality and places you in another world that is not macabre or dangerous but filled with beautiful people, exquisite dialogue, snowcapped mountain landscapes and sumptuous costumes. The exquisite cinematography alone was worth the cost of admission.

Murder on the Orient Express has many aspects to applaud. It has a good portrait of some 18th century look with all those etiquettes and manners. The movie is fully loaded with the story many already know, with a few different suspects that made it intriguing. Please don’t compare it with the novel lest you lose the momentum of this cinematic whodunit.

The supporting cast includes some big names including the likes of Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi and Michelle Pfeiffer. All play their roles well, but because, Branagh himself apart, this is very much an ensemble effort, it would be difficult to single any of them out for special praise.

However, one thing that took me off-guard was that Johnny Depp was not only not the star of the film, he was playing one of the least interesting characters in the whole film. What also took me by surprise was how much I enjoyed Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of the character of ‘Hercule Poirot’. He was captivating to watch. He left me undoubtedly wanting more. I would happily welcome a follow-up film (which may or may not have been hinted at in the film).

Whereas Agatha Christie understood human nature in its myriad forms, Kenneth Branagh so fabulously unveils in his Murder on the Orient Express. Yes, he has assembled a world class cast of superstar actors, but it’s Branagh himself, both as actor and Director, who pulls the real tale of loss, unrequited grief and revenge, of this story out brilliantly. You don’t get much more powerful emotions in human existence and these are wonderfully executed in this film.

I highly recommend Murder on the Orient Express as a “not to be missed” film. It’s fantastic, even if you know the plot. Go and see it and watch this wonderful tale again from a different perspective. This is a tale which plumbs the depths of human existence: what Poirot calls ‘the poison of deep grief.’ Fabulous.

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: The Pantry

November 8th, 2017

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15

Does this happen to you? You wake up in the middle of the night with a sudden craving for a certain food, but the only thing in your kitchen was some instant oatmeal, peanut butter, a sleeve of crackers and an apple? Or perhaps a sudden winter storm blew in, and you couldn’t leave your house. Those are the times you realize the pitiful state of your pantry. Being snowed in is a reasonable concern in Rapid City, and it’s NO fun without sufficient supplies. (“supplies” is code for coffee and chocolate) It’s frustrating not to have what you need when you need it.

When it comes to the spiritual aspect of our lives, however, it’s more than frustrating when we find ourselves unprepared…it’s dangerous. Scripture tells us that we should always be prepared to defend our hope. Imagine that you were in a conversation with someone and they had questions regarding your faith. Would you be able to supply them with a response, or would you be unprepared?

Our pantries may look very different, yet still serve us quite well in an emergency. You may whip up a homemade pizza while someone else is content with peanut butter on a spoon. Likewise, not everyone is pulling from the same spiritual stockpile. One person may have a seminary degree, while someone else is a new believer. That’s the beauty of faith. When it comes to defending it, the answer is the same. The reason for our hope is always: Jesus

Don’t get caught unprepared. Be prepared with a hot beverage and chocolate in the pantry and Jesus in your heart.

Marshall

November 5th, 2017

…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Our pledge of allegiance doesn’t command us to pick and choose liberty and justice for those of a certain race or religion. It clearly states “for all.” just as we’re supposed to love one another. Sadly neither has happened throughout history. Marshall is a movie about a great American that stood in the gap for such justice.

Set in the 1940’s, Marshall follows pioneering Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in his earlier years as a lawyer for the NAACP. A married white socialite in Greenwich, Connecticut, accuses Sterling K. Brown of rape and attempted murder. Out of fear of losing her marriage, and status in the community, she was willing to destroy another human being.

It’s fair to say Chadwick Boseman is becoming one of the best actors of his generation. Chadwick Boseman is suave in his portrayal as the future Supreme Court Justice. He reminds me of a young Sydney Poitier with his quiet confidence and his cool style. Boseman has taken on film versions of such icons as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in GET ON UP, so he likely jumped at the chance to play the revered figure, Thurgood Marshall. Mr. Boseman has true movie star screen presence, and portrays the young Mr. Marshall with a self-assured swagger that accompanies a brilliant legal mind – a mind that refused to be ignored during a time it was desperately needed. The film does portray Marshall honestly as a smoke, drinker and hints at carousing. The common flaws of a great man.

Josh Gad plays opposite of Boseman as a young Jewish attorney, Sam Friedman. Slowly a friendship develops between the two men and they soon find that they have more in common that they first thought. Neither is an accepted member of the community; one because of his religion and one because of his race.

This film is a historical heavyweight with a very good screenplay. The touches of comedy bring a welcome balance to its tension-filled courtroom and difficult subject matter. I appreciate that Marshall takes its subjects seriously, but doesn’t take on a dreary tone doing it. The scenes in the courtroom are intense and keep you interested in the action. As the case develops, these scenes get more and more engaging.

In 1967 when Lyndon Johnson appointed Marshall to the Supreme Court it wasn’t his race that made Marshall’s appointment unique. It was the whole level of experience in the kind of law he practiced for people like Sterling K. Brown. Marshall believed the goal is justice and the law must work for all for justice to be realized.

Overall the movie is both gripping and inspiring. The entire cast is excellent, and I was emotionally invested the whole time. Marshall will move viewers both to tears and anger from start to finish, and I highly suggest you go see it. Vow to follow your moral compass even when it’s hard.

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: Surviving Goodbyes

November 1st, 2017

There is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25

There was a time when folks lived their entire lives and died in the same small town. It wasn’t uncommon to grow up right down the road from grandparents. And you would NEVER dare misbehave in public because everyone knew your family and would have called your parents before you made it home. But these days things are different. People don’t stay in one place, they pull up roots and replant them somewhere new. Many of us have lived a lifetime of goodbyes – like I had to say to my family last week before returning to Rapid City, SD.

No matter how much we wish it were different, goodbyes are a part of life. Circumstances change. People change. Life happens and jobs change. Sometimes we must leave people and places that are dear to our hearts. Other times those we love leave us. Some goodbyes are welcome, however many goodbyes aren’t happy and some even painful.

Through it all, it helps me to remember that we must learn to hold on loosely to the things of this life. The things and people we cherish must be held with open hands as we entrust them to the One who loves them even more. We can trust Him to restore all joy.

Wanting our Lord more than we want any thing is the key to surviving goodbye. He must be our heart’s greatest desire. If God calls any of us to a goodbye, He can bring good from it. If it’s painful, we can trust that He will use it for His glory. Yes, some goodbyes will hurt, and we’ll grieve. But at the end of the day He will heal all sadness and reveal purpose.

Sunday in Michigan: Fall

October 29th, 2017

The colors, the crisp air, the light… fall is a fabulous season. And life is a series of memories, and bonding with your family. With fall schools are back in session and cooler temperatures are moving in, meaning Fall is the perfect time to browse a local bookstore, indulge your taste buds at a cupcake shop, explore an aquarium or even a day trip to a pumpkin patch.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s all about being together because you want to. Fall fun is about creating heartfelt memories to reflect upon in years to come. Build some memories this week.

            

Friday Funnies

October 20th, 2017

I’m flying to visit my family tomorrow morning for a week. This will prove to be full of fun memories, such as over the summer. Many summer days my Dad found himself spending them with his grandchildren. The kids always wanted to play ball and Grandpa somehow always got coaxed into the game.  Heather came outside one day and witnessed her father take a fake shot as Gavin pointed a water gun and yelled, “Bang!”  Grandpa slumped to the ground and stayed there motionless. My sister rushed over to see if he was all right. Grandpa opened one eye and whispered, ”Shhh, I always do this. It’s the only chance I get to rest.” 

 

Families are like fudge .. mostly sweet with a few nuts. In fact, there are a few teenagers in the family and I’m convinced raising teenagers is like nailing JELLO to a tree. And another thing, if you have trouble getting your children’s attention, just sit down and look comfortable.

My cousin Neese decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. “Wal-Mart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Wal-Mart?” “Then I’ll be sure my family visits me twice a week.”

 

 

 

Old West Devotions: Spur

October 18th, 2017

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

If you’re not familiar with what a spur is; it is a sharp metal piece attached to a cowboy boot.  A spur is used for the purpose of goading a horse. It’s an incentive to make the horse move forward.  Christ left us with the Holy Spirit to be our spur. The Holy Spirit is there to prick and guide us as Christians.

When we are sensitive to His leading, we move forward in the direction that the Lord would have us go.  This is a blessing world doesn’t have to guide and direct them. Thank you God for indwelling us with the Holy Spirit.

I love the fact that the Lord brands us with His touch.  There is so much He gives us as His children.  The qualities I’ve mentioned in the “Old West” series are just a small helping of what God gives us when we accept Him as Lord of our lives.

I hope others can see Whose brand is on me.  I want to be identified for Christ. What’s your brand?

I will be gone for a week but will return the first week of November. Have a great week and be a light in the darkness.

Movie Review: Victoria & Abdul

October 15th, 2017

As we crawl out of the summer action movie season, the first of the serious award-contenders moves into view. Victoria & Abdul is the captivating untold story of a hushed-up relationship between an aged Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant, Abdul Kareem (Ali Fazal).

This film is delightful as it unfolds and reveals the special friendship between Queen and servant slowly from beginning to end. The focus of the film is rightly on the scandal (for the day) of the queen of England (and head of the Church of England) having a spiritual teacher who is neither white nor Christian. If there is a criticism to be made it’s the racial references.

Above all, this is an acting tour de force for Dame Judi Dench, reprising her role as the elderly Queen Victoria from Mrs. Brown, which is now 20 years old! I know its early in the season to be placing bets, but Dench’s master performance screams Oscar to me. Dame Judi is the Queen personified.

Relative newcomer Ali Fazal (he had a role in the “Furious 7” film) is impressive, bringing the warmth and compassion to the supporting role that is needed to maintain the overall balance of comedy and drama.

Another star of the show is the Scottish countryside, ravishingly photographed. Victoria & Abdul will probably do more for the Scottish Tourist Board than any paid for advertising could ever do. LOL

The film claims to be “Based on a True Story… Mostly”, and this tease of a caption both infuriates and intrigues me in equal measure after watching it. The ending left me feeling obliged to delve into the original source material to learn more. I guess I know what I’ll be reading this winter.

Overall, I recommend Victoria & Abdul as a delightful, balanced and brilliantly acted drama. I would say this is a must see for viewers over the age of 50 in need of cinematic story telling that doesn’t disappoint or leave them running from the theater in disgust. This film acts as respectable tribute to a remarkable relationship that we all want in our life.

Friday Funnies

October 13th, 2017

Birthdays are a fact of life and a chance to share cake with everyone. Yesterday a CNA I work with had a birthday and handed me a nice piece of cake. I thanked her and giggled as I asked her if she was 29 again. She replied, “No, I’m just turning 28.” Oh my! True story and I was mortified. Birthdays are meant to have fun even if they’re at my expense. I hope you find the rest of these birthday jokes funny:

One of the benefits of getting older is that all your favorite movies are being re-released in color.

After 40 when you get two invitations to go out on the same night, you pick the event that will get you home the earliest.

After 40 you realize you were meant for comfort and not for speed.

The oldest sister Valerie brought her brother a gift for his birthday. Before opening the gift, the brother shook it slightly, and noticed that it was wet in the corner. Touching his finger to the wet spot and tasting it, he asked, “A bottle of vinegar?” Valerie replied, “No.” Again, Vaughn touched his finger to the box and tasted the liquid. “A bottle of green tea?” His sister replied again, “No.” Finally, Vaughn asked, “I give up. What is it?” Valerie responded, “A puppy.” (wink)

And after 40 you sing along with elevator music.

These “over 40” birthday jokes are loving told and dedicated to my sister Tara celebrating her birthday today, and my sister Heather and brother Vaughn who are all having “over 40” birthdays tomorrow. May you each have a wonderful birthday and the joy last all year.

Old West Devotions: Tumbleweed

October 11th, 2017

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

Tumbleweeds grow in abundance in the Old West. I saw an awful lot of them in Nevada. Although now they are kept under control for the most part, if you live in the Western United States you’re familiar with them.  They are plants that break away from their roots.

The winds picks them up and carries them with great force usually carrying lots of dust as they go.  Tumbleweeds are troublesome because not only do they nearly cause accidents while driving, but they tend to push other vegetation out and take over.

The interesting thing about tumbleweeds is that they carry seeds everywhere when the wind blows them and more grow.  They typically have around 250,000 seeds.  They don’t all scatter in one spot, as tumbleweeds don’t release all their seeds at once.

Isn’t that so like the fiery darts of the devil?  They keep on growing and coming at us as Christians.

The Lord knew that the tumbleweeds of the world would come rolling by in our lives as His children.  Those tumbleweeds make us rely on Him more.  The world doesn’t have that reliance on the Lord like Christians do when trials and tumbleweeds come.

Having the knowledge that God is completely in control of every situation is something that keeps us rooted in peace.

 

Sunday in South Dakota: Rapid City Powwow

October 8th, 2017

Colorful finery, elaborate feather work and intricate beadwork describe the visual atmosphere of a powwow. Spirited drumming and singing filled the air as dancers complete their fancy footwork. The Black Hills Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the United States and features competitions in categories such as traditional, fancy and jingle-dress dancing. 

Dances are either for men or women, with dancers moving in a clockwise direction which represents the circle of unity and the never-ending cycle of life. Singers are usually between the audience and the dance arena. Powwow singers and drummers play a very important part of the celebration, providing rhythm for the dancers. They sing many types of songs, including honor and family, war and conquest, songs of joy, encouragement, humor and mourning. Attire worn by a dancer is called regalia and often takes years to create and may include gifts which have deep meaning.

During this preeminent three-day event spectators can enjoy a fine arts show, He Sapa Win pageant, wellness symposium for youth, and tournaments for hand games, softball, golf, and archery.

Catch the spirit at the many celebrations across your state.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.