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A Conversation with Don George Editor of BBC's Words & Wanderlust
Listen to the conversation on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a weekly featured Podcast on NPR.ORG
Honored to be a guest speaker in Don George’s journalism class at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, I seized the opportunity to interview Mr. George after class. Don George wrote the book on travel writing, literally. His guidebook, “Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing,” is the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. Don has been a travel writer and editor for more than three decades, starting out at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and later working as the Wanderlust editor for Salon.com and as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Today Don is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and the editor of the BBC Travel column Words and Wanderlust. In this far-ranging conversation, Don talks with Tom Wilmer about the youthful moment in Paris that changed his life, how his goal transformed from being a poet to being a travel writer, the evolution of his career from newspapers to websites, his most memorable on-the-road epiphanies, and the larger meaning and purpose of travel and travel writing.
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Westin SFO things to do and see w Jeff Guy
Listen to the interview on the Lowell Thomas Award winning podcast on NPR.ORG. Come along and join me for a visit with Jeff Guy, Director of Sales and Marketing as we talk not only about cool attributes inside of the hotel, but the advantages of using the Westin SFO as base camp for exploring the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, day trips to the beach and northbound adventures across the Golden Gate for a day of wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valley.
Westin SFO GM Talks tech and innovation
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I’m your host Tom Wilmer, come along and join me for a fascinating conversation with Tom Scaramellino, General Manager of the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel and the sister property Aloft, offering a techie alternative hotel environment. Scaramellino talks about how the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel offers much more than a typical Airport Hotel experience, as well as the adjacent Aloft Hotel, with a millennial architectural twist catering to tech savvy generation. Equally intriguing are the new tech trends at Westin, including keyless room entry via your mobile devise and the ability to check while in transit aboard the shuttle van from the airport.
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Anti-Bullyikng Insights with Laurie Woodward
Award winning educator and author, Laurie Woodward speaks on the Lowell Thomas Award winning show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer about her peace program and books. As a peace consultant, she helps educators and parents teach children how to stop bullying, avoid arguments, and maintain healthy friendships. She has spent several years working with teams of teachers to develop curriculum based anti-bully lessons and other resources which are available on her popular website, Artania.net and has traveled internationally to make presentations about empowering children to make peaceful choices. In her classroom, Woodward trains groups of student volunteers as “friend mediators” to act as a go-between for other kids who might be having a conflict. With Mrs. Woodward as the faculty advisor, students use a prepared script to help others learn to take turns, communicate with “I feel” messages, and come up with win-win situations. Woodward sends trained Dolphin Ambassadors out into other classes. The children then teach other students to resolve conflicts peacefully. She has received several grants for t-shirts, peace cards, and DVD’s. Most recently she received an Altrusa grant to purchase audio-video equipment that will be used to film the students teaching peace. Laurie was a collaborator on the DVD Dean and JoJo: Resolutions. Woodward is the author of the children’s fantasy novel, Artania: The Pharaohs’ Cry (amazon.com) as well as the cowriter of Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy. Shelives in Nipomo, California, and teaches in the Santa Maria School District.