Author Archives: Megan Rapp

Travel Pros Enjoy Travel, Too

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” This quote from “Tom Sawyer Abroad,” a la Mark Twain, is on my business card. The other day I was asked “What do people in the vacation and tourism industry DO on vacation? Go work in ... Read More »

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was Shop Small Saturday

It didn’t get as much play in the papers or online, but Saturday, the 26th of November, was “Shop Small” Saturday; a day to support local business by shopping in stores within your community. Hannibal, Mo.,  is very fortunate to have a wealth of local stores from which to choose, and “Shop Small” Saturday reminded me just how lucky we ... Read More »

Time to Explore Missouri’s Wonder

Explore the fun and history at Mark Twain Cave.

“It is strange and fine – Nature’s lavish generosities to her creatures.” – Mark Twain Anyone who has traveled much in the state of Missouri knows the wide variety of gems Mother Nature has given us.  With the power of the personal camera, anyone can capture their own breathtaking river view, modern skyline, rustling prairie, or golden sunset. It’s amazing ... Read More »

The Government is going to be mad at me for this blog …

Mark Twain in his quarry farm study

… but I promise, Twain made me do it! In light of sooooo many political ads we are all enduring – I mean seeing – this time of year, (especially those lucky enough to live next to Illinois and Iowa – a three for one deal!) I thought a blog showcasing some of Mark Twain’s thoughts on politics might give ... Read More »

Just the Facts …

The Mississippi River in downtown Hannibal.

“Get the facts first, then you can distort ‘em as you please” – Mark Twain This is one of my favorite quotes by Hannibal’s favorite son, Mark Twain.  It runs across my mind whenever I am working on fending off a half-truth or misconceptions, which are apt to appear from time to time. This spring was a prime example.  Just ... Read More »

A Learning Experience

There is nothing I like more than going somewhere and finding something totally unexpected or learning something new.  In college, I went to Ireland for a week with some friends; not only did I find out Guinness was considered ‘old man’s beer’ by 20-somethings, I also got some sage advice about reasons NOT to kiss the Blarney stone. (I won’t ... Read More »

Let’s all think July!

A view from Lover's Leap

“Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d all have frozen to death.”  Mark Twain Here in Hannibal, we just got some exciting news that has gotten me thinking about summer, which is a welcome reprieve from trying not to bust my rump stumbling over mounds of snow and ice.  Our National Tom Sawyer Days Celebration, held annually ... Read More »