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Since the new version started in June, 2009, we have added many new features to help travelers and readers.

For instance, six regular contributors now add posts about travel music, cultural travel, pet travel, travel inspired by movies, travel and food, and family travel. On Thursdays, I share travel photos from my own wanderings. In January, I will list the best books of the previous year that inspire you to book travel.

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Weekend Off

Use-Other-Door-SignA Traveler’s Library will be closed for the weekend, preparing for some exciting new things to come.

Meanwhile, I invite you to review earlier posts. Type in a destination you are interested in and see what is here. If you don’t find what you are looking for, leave a comment, and we will try to remedy the situation.

Check out the TBR page for my opinions on books I have been reading recently and see what is on my To Be Read pile.

See you Monday.

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Does the Flu Mean You Are Staying Home?

Okay, Vice President Biden says HE’s not taking planes or subways!

Travel writer Peter Greenberg says Biden was sending the wrong message, and he, personally, is going to Mexico on those nice empty planes and stay in those nice empty hotels. A couple of days ago I wrote a post about a book for travelers to  Mexico and I called the post  ” Can’t Go? Read About Mexico.” Was I wrong? I got curious.  Where do the readers of A Traveler’s Library come down on this debate?

Are you traveling? Are you staying home? Please take the poll and let everyone know where you stand, sit or lie down with a cold compress on your head.

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Ye Merrie Month of May–a Bloggers’ Marathon

Michelle Rafter, who daily dispenses good information and advice for Writers in the Digital Age, came up with the bright idea that bloggers should spend a month during which they post something every day.  Good for the constitution, or something.  Heaven knows we wouldn’t want to be outside enjoy May flowers, now would we?  Well, anyway, a bunch of her devoted followers, friends from the wonderful writer’s resource of Freelance Success, have signed on for the duration. (The root construction of dur-ation being “hard”, y’know.)

These are the Hard-y souls (besides me) who have committed to the chase. Pay them a visit if you can, and pat them on the back. They’ll need it.

Tim Beyers – The Social Writer – Motley Fool tech contributor and co-host of Twitter’s #editorchat.
Melanie Bonsall – Expert Editing – The online home of this editor, proofreader and writer.
Heather Boerner – Serenity For the Self Employed – Advice for the self-employed among us.
Jane Boursaw – Film Gecko – May Movie Madness and Other Related Stuff.
Danielle Bufarrdi – Horrible Sanity – Random thoughts of a mother & freelance writer
Sona Charaipotra – Sona Charaipotra – for entertainment topics and Ishq In a Backback – On travel and food.
Rosie Colombraro – Trust the Universe – There is always a Plan B.
Sue Dickman – Life Divided – Food, gardening, travel, books and more.
Jackie Dishner – Bike with Jackie -Improving your life with the B.I.K.E. spiritual tool.
Ron S. Doyle –Blog Salad – The literary equivalent of fruit salad and Cyclorati – Exercising my cyclophilia
Kelly Estes – Big Government in Your Wallet – A political blog.Jennifer L.W. Fink – ‘Bout Boys – With 4 boys between 11 & 3, this writer knows her subject.
Sydne George – I’ll Have What She’s Cooking – Good eats.
Debra Gordon- Wine on Tuesdays.
Nancy Hall – Floating Ink – How to fit making art into your every day life
KT Hinderer – Write Beyond the Cubicle – Musings of a full-time freelance writer and editor.
Heather Holliday – Zazou Marketing – Putting your best words forward.
Elizabeth Humphrey – The Write Elizabeth – Introducing creativity into daily life.
Leah Ingram – Suddenly Frugal – Tips for Frugal Living.
Joan Jagroop – This Dame Cooks – Recipes from Alaska to the South Pacific
Sara Lancaster – No. 2 Pen Blog – Blog of this Denver, freelance Web & marketing writer
Doug Lance – Freelance Fiction – “I get paid to tell sweet, sweet lies.
Jared Lopatin – Sign in Ink – Everyday life as motivated by astrological happenings.
Lisa Mann – Sonoma On the Cheap – One of the “On the Cheap” blogs, this one on Sonoma
Jenn Maciejewski – Cities on the Cheap – Freebies and deals in multiple cities across the U.S
Eric Mack – Wrecking Ball Report, MountainDaddy and SaveThatReceipt
Joy Manning – What I Weigh Today – A food writer reflects on weight and body image issues
Teresa Mears – Miami on the Cheap – A Cities on the Cheap blog for Miami.
Amy Rauch Neilson – Rauch Neilson – Thoughts of a breast cancer survivor.
Jennifer Netherby – Parenting by Trial and Error parenting by learning, growing and staying flexible.
Michelle Rafter – Word Count – Freelancing in the Digital Age.
Kate Reilly – Polka Dot Suitcase – Finding fun in everyday life
Meredith Resnick – Inner Writing Journey – Authors & professional creatives in quirky dialogue on how they write and why it works.
Melissa Sais – Digital Mom – Raising kids in a digital world.
Brette Sember – Martha and Me – One Martha Stewart makeover every day.
Kathy Summers – Eco Pregnancy and Baby and Health Writing Hints.
Jodi Torpey – Western Gardeners – Your online guide to gardening in the West.
Sarah Webb – Webb of Science – Where science meets life.
Jennifer Willis – The Green Soul Guide – Where sustainability and spirituality meet.

I encourage you to visit some of these fine people. Oh, and if you leave a comment, tell them who sent you to see them, would you?

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Ye Merrie Month of May–a Bloggers' Marathon

Michelle Rafter, who daily dispenses good information and advice for Writers in the Digital Age, came up with the bright idea that bloggers should spend a month during which they post something every day.  Good for the constitution, or something.  Heaven knows we wouldn’t want to be outside enjoy May flowers, now would we?  Well, anyway, a bunch of her devoted followers, friends from the wonderful writer’s resource of Freelance Success, have signed on for the duration. (The root construction of dur-ation being “hard”, y’know.)

These are the Hard-y souls (besides me) who have committed to the chase. Pay them a visit if you can, and pat them on the back. They’ll need it.

Tim Beyers – The Social Writer – Motley Fool tech contributor and co-host of Twitter’s #editorchat.
Melanie Bonsall – Expert Editing – The online home of this editor, proofreader and writer.
Heather Boerner – Serenity For the Self Employed – Advice for the self-employed among us.
Jane Boursaw – Film Gecko – May Movie Madness and Other Related Stuff.
Danielle Bufarrdi – Horrible Sanity – Random thoughts of a mother & freelance writer
Sona Charaipotra – Sona Charaipotra – for entertainment topics and Ishq In a Backback – On travel and food.
Rosie Colombraro – Trust the Universe – There is always a Plan B.
Sue Dickman – Life Divided – Food, gardening, travel, books and more.
Jackie Dishner – Bike with Jackie -Improving your life with the B.I.K.E. spiritual tool.
Ron S. Doyle –Blog Salad – The literary equivalent of fruit salad and Cyclorati – Exercising my cyclophilia
Kelly Estes – Big Government in Your Wallet – A political blog.Jennifer L.W. Fink – ‘Bout Boys – With 4 boys between 11 & 3, this writer knows her subject.
Sydne George – I’ll Have What She’s Cooking – Good eats.
Debra Gordon- Wine on Tuesdays.
Nancy Hall – Floating Ink – How to fit making art into your every day life
KT Hinderer – Write Beyond the Cubicle – Musings of a full-time freelance writer and editor.
Heather Holliday – Zazou Marketing – Putting your best words forward.
Elizabeth Humphrey – The Write Elizabeth – Introducing creativity into daily life.
Leah Ingram – Suddenly Frugal – Tips for Frugal Living.
Joan Jagroop – This Dame Cooks – Recipes from Alaska to the South Pacific
Sara Lancaster – No. 2 Pen Blog – Blog of this Denver, freelance Web & marketing writer
Doug Lance – Freelance Fiction – “I get paid to tell sweet, sweet lies.
Jared Lopatin – Sign in Ink – Everyday life as motivated by astrological happenings.
Lisa Mann – Sonoma On the Cheap – One of the “On the Cheap” blogs, this one on Sonoma
Jenn Maciejewski – Cities on the Cheap – Freebies and deals in multiple cities across the U.S
Eric Mack – Wrecking Ball Report, MountainDaddy and SaveThatReceipt
Joy Manning – What I Weigh Today – A food writer reflects on weight and body image issues
Teresa Mears – Miami on the Cheap – A Cities on the Cheap blog for Miami.
Amy Rauch Neilson – Rauch Neilson – Thoughts of a breast cancer survivor.
Jennifer Netherby – Parenting by Trial and Error parenting by learning, growing and staying flexible.
Michelle Rafter – Word Count – Freelancing in the Digital Age.
Kate Reilly – Polka Dot Suitcase – Finding fun in everyday life
Meredith Resnick – Inner Writing Journey – Authors & professional creatives in quirky dialogue on how they write and why it works.
Melissa Sais – Digital Mom – Raising kids in a digital world.
Brette Sember – Martha and Me – One Martha Stewart makeover every day.
Kathy Summers – Eco Pregnancy and Baby and Health Writing Hints.
Jodi Torpey – Western Gardeners – Your online guide to gardening in the West.
Sarah Webb – Webb of Science – Where science meets life.
Jennifer Willis – The Green Soul Guide – Where sustainability and spirituality meet.

I encourage you to visit some of these fine people. Oh, and if you leave a comment, tell them who sent you to see them, would you?

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Can’t Go? Read About Mexico

Mata Ortiz Pot

Mata Ortiz Pot

Destination: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico

Books:  The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, several contributors

Keith Jenkins, over at Velvet Escape, asked me if I had met anybody inspirational in my travels. Keith is a true world traveler, and an excellent writer, besides.  I felt honored to write a guest post for the  series, that Keith calls, “A World of Inspiration.”

The place where I met the man who inspired me– Mata Ortiz, Mexico– seems to be off limits at present. So perhaps we would-be travelers can just curl up with a good book, while we are waiting for the swine H1N1  flu epidemic to end and traffic around the world to get back to normal.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (1999) provides a wonderful guide to anyone going to Mata Ortiz to shop for pottery. But even if you are not going there, the pictures of the amazing creations of the villagers, and the photographic portraits of village family members will keep you enthralled. The book covers the history of how Juan Quezada turned the little struggling railroad workers village into a thriving art center. (For more about Juan, you’ll have to go over to Velvet Escape.) Suffice it to say that the work is considered fine art–not craft or folk art.

The book explains how the potters work and how they are related.  You will be amazed at the intricate designs of the pottery and its relationship to the nearby archaeological site of Casas Grandes. The relationships of potters are equally intricate. Writers include Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks and Michael Wisner. Photography is by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.

I hope that if you have never been to Mata Ortiz, a few hours south of the Arizona or New Mexico borders, that you will be able to travel there some time. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful book.

Another book in my traveler’s library, The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, was published in 1994, and was the fundamental guide until Many Faces of Mata Ortiz was published.

I have not yet see a book  released in August, 2008, Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel , but it sounds good. More personal stories about the potters.

Photograph above by Cliff Kemper from Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?  How is the flu epidemic affecting your travel plans? Please talk back in the comment section below.

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Can't Go? Read About Mexico

Mata Ortiz Pot

Mata Ortiz Pot

Destination: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico

Books:  The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, several contributors

Keith Jenkins, over at Velvet Escape, asked me if I had met anybody inspirational in my travels. Keith is a true world traveler, and an excellent writer, besides.  I felt honored to write a guest post for the  series, that Keith calls, “A World of Inspiration.”

The place where I met the man who inspired me– Mata Ortiz, Mexico– seems to be off limits at present. So perhaps we would-be travelers can just curl up with a good book, while we are waiting for the swine H1N1  flu epidemic to end and traffic around the world to get back to normal.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (1999) provides a wonderful guide to anyone going to Mata Ortiz to shop for pottery. But even if you are not going there, the pictures of the amazing creations of the villagers, and the photographic portraits of village family members will keep you enthralled. The book covers the history of how Juan Quezada turned the little struggling railroad workers village into a thriving art center. (For more about Juan, you’ll have to go over to Velvet Escape.) Suffice it to say that the work is considered fine art–not craft or folk art.

The book explains how the potters work and how they are related.  You will be amazed at the intricate designs of the pottery and its relationship to the nearby archaeological site of Casas Grandes. The relationships of potters are equally intricate. Writers include Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks and Michael Wisner. Photography is by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.

I hope that if you have never been to Mata Ortiz, a few hours south of the Arizona or New Mexico borders, that you will be able to travel there some time. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful book.

Another book in my traveler’s library, The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, was published in 1994, and was the fundamental guide until Many Faces of Mata Ortiz was published.

I have not yet see a book  released in August, 2008, Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel , but it sounds good. More personal stories about the potters.

Photograph above by Cliff Kemper from Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?  How is the flu epidemic affecting your travel plans? Please talk back in the comment section below.

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