Author Archives: J. Matlock

About J. Matlock

Jeanette's wanderlust started as an Air Force brat crisscrossing the US visiting almost every state. Writing has always been a part of her life. While earning a BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida, Jeanette found photography was the perfect compliment to writing. She is always on the outlook for what she calls "Right Time, Right Place" photographs that capture a once-in-a- lifetime moment. Her adult travels have taken her to Scotland, England, France, Switzerland and all over the US and she continues to crave going to places to experience adventure, great food and lifestyles. She has written travel journals for the web site IGOUGO.com to share her experiences to guide and encourage other travelers. Her descriptive writing style makes one feel as if they are there sharing the experience. Her love of writing is based on this simple truth: "When I am writing, I know that I am doing the thing I was born to do." (Anne Sexton).

Memorial Day Remembrance

Since today is Memorial Day, I have been thinking about what war memorials I had visited that I could write about. I came to the somewhat sorry realization that I hadn’t been to very many. A few memories stand out. … Continue reading

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Lenten Dining Ideas – Fish & Chips

It is now the week before Easter and if like so many you are abstaining from meat for Lent, you may well be running out of interesting and delicious ideas of what non-meat meals to eat on Fridays. Raised Catholic, … Continue reading

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Dunedin Highland Games 50th Anniversary

Every year for one weekend in the spring a wee bit of Scotland comes to the west coast of Florida – the annual Dunedin Highland Games.  The mournful cry of the bagpipes call to all whether ye be Scottish in blood … Continue reading

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Cossetta’s – It’s Amore!

(Sixth in a series on winter travel) Charming historic eateries are fascinating and often feature good local cuisine. In St. Paul, it’s Cossetta’s, an authentic and charming Italian dining spot and market owned and run by the Cossetta family since it … Continue reading

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Mickey’s Dining Car – Classic American Diner

Fifth post in winter travel series. I have a soft spot for classic diners as they were a big part of my childhood. When transferred from Hawaii to Maine, we literally ate our way across America. In the 1960s, diner … Continue reading

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Spring Training Baseball a Big Hit For Florida Tourism

It’s spring here in Florida and many a young man’s (and older men as well) fancy turns to romance. The romance of baseball spring training, that is. If there weren’t already enough reasons to come to Florida in March – … Continue reading

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M ST. Cafe – Eat Your Breakfast

(Fourth in a series about winter travel) We all know that old saying – Always start your day with a good breakfast. It’s especially important on cold winter days. The St. Paul Hotel has the M ST. Cafe (the M … Continue reading

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St Paul Grill – Not Your Average Hotel Restaurant

(Third in a series about winter travel) When traveling during the winter and the subzero temperatures outside happen to have you thinking “Baby, it’s really cold outside, but I’d like to enjoy a good meal.”, one hopes that the hotel you’re staying … Continue reading

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St Paul Hotel – Historic Luxury

(Second in a continuing series on winter travel.) I love historic hotels. I got to stay in the St. Paul Hotel recently for business. As soon as my ride pulled up to the entrance, I was like “Wow! What a … Continue reading

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Florida Girl Survives Minnesota

The title phrase above (or something similarly worded) came across my Facebook feed one day while I was eating lunch at the Headwaters Cafe in St. Paul. I was not amused, but could see the humor in it. How did … Continue reading

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