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February 16, 2017

You’re always on the lookout for cool “new and improved” stuff, right? Well, you’re in luck.

The Joel Allen Communications web site has a new feature, showcasing the audiobooks I’ve produced over the last few months and providing links to help you download those books f...

September 1, 2016

Visitors to the Joel Allen Communications web site will note that the home page displays an image of a microphone on a stand, against a backdrop of misty, floating clouds. Off to one side, you'll see the communication services I provide, with "Voice Work" at the top of...

July 28, 2016

JULY 27, 28, 29, 30

Wednesday through Saturday: Drive, camp, drive, camp, drive, camp….. you get the idea.

We started out from Waterloo Wednesday morning, with the aim of reaching Myrtle Beach by the weekend. I’m not into being stuck in a driver’s seat non-stop all day l...

July 23, 2016


The next stop on our journey is the venerable, picturesque Mississippi River town of Hannibal, Missouri.

What Stephen Foster is to Bardstown, Kentucky, Mark Twain is to Hannibal, only times 12 and on steroids. Absolutely everything in this town is Mark Twain This...

July 19, 2016


It’s a travel day, the quickest and easiest we’ve had to date. It took only about 2-and-a-half hours to get from the campground where we were staying near Galena, Illinois to Waterloo, Iowa, where we’re planning to stay for a few days while visiting my mother at...

July 17, 2016


Man, can we shove ten tons worth of touristing stuff into one little day, or what? This day would prove to be maybe our busiest day yet.

It started with brunch at Chestnut Mountain Resort near Galena, a snow ski place that in summertime reverts to… well, somethin...

July 17, 2016


What a perfect day!

A pristine blue sky, an early start to our day, plenty to see and do in Galena. The just-right antidote to yesterday’s many frustrations.

Ulysses S. Grant lived in Galena before and after the Civil War and his home there is now a state-owned hi...

July 15, 2016

JULY 15, 2016

There are good travel days; there are bad travel days. Today definitely ranks in the not-so-great category.

The next leg of our trip took us from the Elkhart, Indiana area to the northwest corner of Illinois near the popular tourist town of Galena.

I had tak...

July 2, 2016


This is a story of two people, a motor home and a dream.  

Starting from our home near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Deanna and I have embarked on a month-long, multi-state trek of the Great American Midwest in our home on wheels, with planned stops in Te...

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