…to Nerdtrips, winner of the CoolStream Bluetooth headphones.

Nerd Trips is a history/travel blog exploring “Roads Less Traveled to Presidents, Poets and Other Historic Persons.” The creator/head nerd behind it is Sharon Boston, who lives in Baltimore. In 2002, a coworker was making fun of Sharon’s excursion to the home of President Rutherford B. Hayes asking, “Are you going on another one of your Nerd Trips?” With that, Sharon’s lifelong interest visiting historic homes had an official name and a renewed focus.

When Sharon started sharing funny stories of the strange sites and quirky people she met on her Nerd Trips, friends encouraged her to write a blog, which she launched in 2010.  She has traveled to dozens of presidential and historical sites, and loves discovering what’s unique about the individuals who have shaped our history. She also likes exploring small towns and local eateries as well as sharing laughs with family and friends who have come along for the ride.

Sharon says she is looking forward to trying the CoolStream Bluetooth headphones since her ear buds were really bothering her on a recent flight from London, the first international trip since the blog launched. British Nerd Trips included the Charles Dickens museum, Ben Franklin house, Handel house museum and Sherlock Holmes museum.

Sharon says she tries to keep an “open suitcase,” but usually over packs! You can read about her travels at

Nerd TripsThanks to all who entered.

Photo: Exeter Science and Entertainment

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Delaware RiverAaaah….July. When all thoughts focus on wool sweaters and marble notebooks.

At least that’s what America’s retailers think, based on a visit to the mall this week. My tomatoes are just beginning to ripen, so I will remain in linen-citronella mode for the next 4 1/2 weeks.

Have you traveled this summer? If so, did you visit relatives? Rent a beach house? Take a spin on some thrill rides? Tell us all about your trip – taken or planned – and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a great pair of CoolStream Bluetooth headphones. Contest ends tomorrow!

On Top of Mt. Beacon…

…NOT covered in snow.

Tip #1 for novice hikers: Do not attempt a 2 1/2 hour vertical climb when the temperature’s hovering around 100°. Nearly wound up in the ER…again. Read about my recent hospital visit and enter for a chance to win a pair of wireless CoolStream Bluetooth headphones.

Holiday in the Hospital (Review)

This post is sponsored by Exeter Science and Entertainment (ESE), who provided me with a pair of CoolStream Bluetooth Headphones. I gave them a road test but only after they were pressed into urgent and unusual service…

The 4th of July brings to mind bbqs, fireworks, the ER. The ER? Yes, when your sister requires an emergency appendectomy. I survived the 6-hour pre-surgery wait thanks in large part to my CoolStream Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. If you haven’t visited an ER lately, my advice is…don’t.

Despite signs requesting No Cell Phone Use and One Visitor Per Patient, there were whole families in each curtained cubicle, loudly conducting business, berating one another and, next door to us, holding a picnic. If you know an ER employee, hug them pronto. Continue reading