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Alan is a social media expert (whatever that means) and recovering journalist living in Madison. Are you interested in inane ramblings about the Packers or a real-time review of “Face/Off”? Then follow him on Twitter – @AlanHamari.

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Muhammad Ali Center

Muhammad Ali Museum

“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” –Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali’s life was about transformation.

Transformation from a scrawny kid in a Louisville boxing gym to an Olympic gold medal winner (and eventually the heavyweight champion of the world).… Continue Reading →

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave - Frozen Niagara

Fat Man’s Misery. Ruins of Karnak. Giant’s Coffin. The Bottomless Pit.

No, those aren’t the titles of Stephen King short stories. They’re all geological features that can be found at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world. The caverns stretch for more than 400 miles underneath the 52,000-acre national park, which was established in 1941, even though people have been touring the cave system since 1816.… Continue Reading →

Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

From fish-throwers to the original Starbucks

Mention Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the first thing people think of is the fishmongers tossing salmon, cod and halibut through the air. But did you know the Pike Place Market isn’t just one building, but a historic district featuring 250 businesses, 100 farmers and 500 residents?… Continue Reading →

Top Pot Doughnuts

To quote Homer Simpson, ‘Mmmm…Doughnuts.’

In 2010, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (Packers fans, I can hear you hissing) received a warning from Seattle police after he was caught trespassing in a Top Pot Doughnuts shop in the wee hours of the morning. After visiting Top Pot’s Capitol Hill location during my recent trip to Seattle, all I can say is: I don’t blame him.… Continue Reading →

Seattle Public Library

Who goes to a library on vacation?

Well, me, for one, but that’s neither here nor there.

And if every library was as cool as the central branch of the Seattle Public Library  maybe more people would. Nestled in the middle of downtown Seattle, the 11-story steel-and-glass behemoth sits on the same block where the Emerald City’s first central library opened in 1905.… Continue Reading →