Travelblog By Emily Yurcheshen, Travel Writer “What are five words you would use to describe your first impressions of the Dominican Republic?” Deborah asked me while walking along the beach of Cabarete. Cabarete is the neighboring town to where I was doing a summer internship for Deborah and DS Publishing. I paused, for I was not certain I was ready to define my experience so soon. It was less than a week ago I had arrived, and I felt as […] Read more »


Expectations, Pleasures and Gratitude By Elizabeth Manduca . Chasing the Sun, Coast to Coast I’m always amazed that I can fly from the east to the west coast of the United States in a matter of hours. I tend to reserve the window seat and hope for good weather. That way I can see the earth’s terrain including the rocky coast of Maine, massive buildings in densely populated cities, multi-colored crop circles of the flatlands, and the intimidating sharp, peaked mountains before landing in […] Read more »

MAMA DUX-Santa Barbara, CA

Welcoming, Warm, and Womblike–Just Like Mama’s! By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher VRTG It’s no wonder why the owner decided to call it Mama Dux! Unassuming and small from the outside, the inside of Mama’s offers a world of unexpected spaciousness blended with coziness. All of this is wrapped up into a large well-appointed one bedroom studio apartment. The décor colors of warm wines, mahogany woods, and deep greens set a tone of the ultimate in cave-like luxury. Inside, the first thing […] Read more »