My Nicaragua Motorcycle Diary: Racing Through a Revolution

Joe Tustin, 29, quit his job as a software sales executive in the Denver area last October and set out to travel the world. After months in Nepal and Southeast Asia, he left Colorado again in May on a rebuilt motorcycle, hoping to make it to Patagonia by Christmas. Over the last few days he has been traveling through Central America, skirting an erupting volcano in Guatemala, then driving through El Salvador and Honduras, hoping he could race through Nicaragua, where a national uprising against the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega has been met with ferocious violence. To date, some 200 people have been killed and well over 1,000 injured. Many of the roads are blocked, and a national strike has shut the country down. But very little news about the situation has appeared in the U.S. press. And Tustin really had no idea what he was getting into as he crossed from Honduras early last Friday morning. Afterward, he found the detailed article about Nicaragua published last week by The Daily Beast and sent us his first-hand account of what he saw there.

— Christopher Dickey, World News Editor

The Nicaraguan border was a ghost town.  I was the only person there, local or tourist. The final inspector was a nice older guy and after checking my VIN on the paperwork I asked if he wanted to sign the tank.  He was happy to and with a smile on his face I asked him for route suggestions.

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Fantastic Voyage 2018 Diary Day Five

Hey, good people. The Fantastic Voyage sailed on with another fun day at sea heading down from Montego Bay Jamaica to Cozumel, Mexico. Today started with the 8 a.m. Crazy Conditioning Class – I’d love to know who made that one because y’all are the real MVP’s. For the rest of us, sleeping in was the only option.

Well, that’s only if you didn’t mind missing the morning events, which included group photo sessions for cruisers from Philly, Pittsburgh, Canada, Detroit and Kansas City.

The African Headwrap Class was a popular one, as was the Yoni Mysteries class billed for sistahs only and promising to help you reconfigure you sensual energy.

On to the Autograph signing presented by Denny’s, which featured several artists performing on the cruise meeting fans, taking pics and signing autographs, including Eric Roberson, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dwele, The Williams Brothers, Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughan and more.

If you want to meet a celebrity the Fantastic Voyage is one of the best ways to do so, because many of the artists either perform multiple nights or just stay on the ship and hang out. They’re approachable and friendly, because everyone is in such a good mood on board. Once you get your autograph, it’s time to head to the HBCU Day Party.

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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Women in Black

The women will wear black.
But why?
The stated purpose behind the call for women to dress in black at tonight’s Golden Globes Awards is to protest sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries. It’s part of Time’s Up, the sweeping anti-harassment program spearheaded by many of Hollywood’s most powerful women. The initiative includes seeding a legal fund to benefit low-income victims of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.
From the moment the first Harvey Weinstein story broke in The New York Times in October, this awards season was destined to be like no other. The Globes are the first of the major awards, and the hours-long, on-camera parade to the mics couldn’t happen without acknowledgement that the entertainment industry has been rocked to its core and forced into a new, in-progress way of conducting business.
But why the de facto dress code? Does asking women to converge to a visual norm strengthen their message about forcing change? Or does it infringe on the embrace of diversity, restricting to a degree the creativity involved in dress selection? Absent a clearly articulated explanation (and I haven’t found one), a few “whys” seem plausible. Sartorial sameness has long been employed as a tool of group protest, in photos

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The Teenage Diary — The Original Blog

There are so many reasons I feel lucky to have grown up in the low-tech generation that was the late ’70s/early ’80s.

I love the fact that my music came from vinyl and cassette tapes and that the only thing I was able to do on my telephone was talk on it.

And blogging was done the old-fashioned way, handwritten in one of these relics:


I was a little fanatical about writing in my diary. I got my first (and still my favorite) Hello Kitty Friendly Diary when I was 7, and I talked to it like it was a person. A friend. A confidant.

But it’s the books from my pre-teen/teenage years that tell the best (and worst) stories — love, lust, passion, fashion, music… it’s all there in these volumes.

The books are like little time capsules; open them up and find much more than you ever could from staring at a computer screen. Feel the pages and feel the love (and angst) of childhood.

Here are five reasons I am so grateful that I never pitched these precious books.

1. Handwriting
Childhood scrawl and my big, bubbly handwriting take me screaming back to high school.

2. The Occasional Collage
Jason should feel pretty special that I’ve hung onto this homage to him since 1987.


3. Mementos
Matchbooks, ticket stubs, napkins, notes and photos are all stuffed within these pages.


4. Song Lyrics
I painstakingly wrote out the lyrics to a Richard Marx song — what is more dramatic than that? NOTHING.


5. What I Wore
The outfits! Day after day of all the the outfits!


These are the books of my life. From the mundane, like “today in class we had a “subatoot,” to the major “today we are moving, they are coming to take everything away and I don’t want to be here and Brian asked me to marry him.”

I did not marry Brian.

We were 17 years old.

In retrospect, it was all very sweet.

It’s all there in these pages. If there was a fire, yes, I would grab these.

As I get older, I want to continue to turn the pages, to touch the napkin from my prom night and get all nostalgic.

I want to show the R.E.M. ticket stub to my children and tell them how it was one of the best shows I ever saw and show them the entry where Mom took me out to brunch so we could talk because she knew I was struggling in school and in life. I want to smile, wince, laugh and cry as I remember who I was.

Lori’s website, Drawn to the ’80s, is where her 5-year-old draws the music hits of the 1980’s. Her blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about food, the ’80s, beauty products and her Mick Jagger obsession.

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The Active Woman’s Pregnancy Log: A Day-By-Day Diary and Guide to a Fit and Healthy Pregnancy

The Active Woman’s Pregnancy Log: A Day-By-Day Diary and Guide to a Fit and Healthy Pregnancy

In the tradition of the best-selling classic The Ultimate Workout Log, The Active Woman’s Pregnancy Log is the daily pregnancy diary for the active mom-to-be — from two of America’s leading fitness writers and experts. At last, a pregnancy journal that doesn’t focus on shower gifts, baby gear, and nursery decor but on your own health during pregnancy, including your fitness, nutrition, relaxation, and general physical well-being. At a time when prenatal fitness is booming, The Active Woman’s Pregnancy Log is your healthy pregnancy headquarters — a portable, one-stop source of inspiration, information, and organizational tools to keep moms-to-be feeling fit and confident and exercising wisely throughout this amazing journey. Spanning forty weeks, this day-by-day diary features: – a quick guide to the "active" pregnancy, including how to work around symptoms as well as exercises for every level through each trimester – eating advice that will ensure baby keeps growing and mom stays healthy – numerous charts, checklists, and places to record important dates, contacts, test results, and more – how to choose proper maternity fitness gear – a bonus section on postpartum fitness
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Eric Wilson’s Front Row Diary: Dolce & Gabbana Design a Love Letter to Mom

Eric Wilson is InStyle’s Fashion News Director. Sit front row at Fashion Week with him by following him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram. The invitations to Dolce & Gabbana’s fall runway show today featured the kind of children’s drawings you might find taped to refrigerator doors across the world. A child handing a rose to […]
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Eric Wilson’s Front Row Diary: Fendi and Prada’s Rapid Runway Reinvention

Eric Wilson is InStyle’s Fashion News Director. Sit front row at Fashion Week with him by following him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram. What is pretty? What is elegant? What is beauty? And most importantly, what do customers want? These are the questions that editors and designers have been wrestling with at the start of […]
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From the writer of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series comes a board game that’ll get you talking-and laughing-as you race your fellow players to the finish line. Choose from one of six characters from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid universe and make your way around the game bo
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Bonking Billy’s Thailand Diary

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Bonking Billy’s Thailand Diary (Part I) reached No.1 in Amazon’s bestseller list under the Asia category within a couple of days of its release, so there better be Part II out to the people who bought it as quickly as possible, so here it is.Bonking Billy Essex has been coming to Thailand for a long time now and although he is realistic enough to realize he will never understand the mysteries of the Far East, he sure knows how to have a good time.Bonking Billy unashamedly visits Thailand and Pattaya for the bars, the girls and the infamous nightlife that throbs and pulsates beneath the flashing neon lights of one of the wildest cities in the world. Billy couldn’t tell you much about the history or culture of the country he loves so much; he doesn’t know a chedi from a wihaan, prefers fish and chips to exotic Thai cuisine and thinks that karma is some kind of an Indian curry. But boy; does he know his way around the night-streets.Peter Jaggs has written several best-selling books about Thailand and Pattaya and he rescued the dog-eared, torn copy of Bonking Billy’s Thailand Diary he found scrawled in an exercise book from where it had been discarded behind a wardrobe in a cheap hotel room. At once, the author recognized that the jumbled, almost illegible tome was not just the hilarious, drunken ramblings of a sex-crazed, hedonistic libertine, but also a brutally accurate historical account of the characters, attitudes and ways of a city that in the early years of the new millennium was finally in its death throes as possibly the craziest place on earth. Jaggs tweaked Bonking Billy’s Thailand Diary a little, changed a few names of places and people to protect the guilty, and the result is an extraordinary journal that gives the reader an accurate and amusing insight into the Pattaya of days gone by; at a time when the city was just coming to the end of its reign as one of the raunchiest destinations ever known to man.

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Turtle Diary

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Diet Doodle Diary Book: 9781781868270

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The Bridesmaid’s Diary

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