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Here are just some of the articles and activities that have kept our members busy in the autumn days of the pandemic:

Natasha Bourlin published an article, November 30, on SFGate, on Hawai’i’s natural landmark, Hanauma Bay, recovering during the pandemic. Here is the link:

Longtime BATW writer, author and photographer, David Laws has been busy recording and making live virtual presentations of his local history and travel talks to several audiences, including the Carmel Residents Association, Carmel Foundation, California Garden & Landscape History Society, OLLI/CSU Monterey Bay, and the Stanford University Bechtel Center.

Diane Covington-Carter’s latest essay on being in Covid-free New Zealand ran recently in the Napa Valley Register.

Lina Broydo published an article entitled Paws for Purple Hearts Choses San Jose As First Airport to Train Service Dogs in Kstati, Northern California’s Russian/American Newspaper on November 8. The article came out in time for Veteran’s Day.

Ginny Prior’s Happy Wanderer travel column recently featured the beginning of shoulder season in Yosemite National Park. The piece on getting out in nature during the pandemic ran online in as well as several other BANG newspapers on November 3.

 April Orcutt’s Want to Camp, but Don’t Want to Rough It? Try Glamping” ran in the Los Angeles Times Travel section on Aug. 29.

Diane LeBow’s tale, “An Italian Bedtime Story,” about her adventures getting chloroformed, robbed, read to, and propositioned on an Italian train, has been selected to be included in The Best Women’s Travel Writing 12, which came out on November 24, 2020. She wants to thank editors Lavina Spalding and Larry Habegger of Travelers’ Tales for selecting her story, one of 34 out of 1300 submissions. “It is an honor to be included among such talented colleagues’ work. We all appreciate artist Colette Hannahan for her beautiful illustrations. BWTW12 will be available at local bookstores, at Travelers Tales website, or on Amazon.” An additional happy announcement: LeBow’s new website (designed by Matthew Felix) is launched at


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