The World through Leah’s lens

I’ll never forget how much my siblings and I used to pester my father about what was coming. I wish I could calculate just how many times we asked him, “C’mon, can you at least give us a hint?” He’d say something incredibly vague that gave absolutely nothing away like, “It’s big.” (Well, duh, everything…

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Have a holly Jolley Christmas …

When you work in a town named Santa Claus, you never know who might stop by … but some days we're all just amazed. We've been asked so many times if anyone famous has ever visited us that we've started a "famous visitors" tag here on the HoliBlog plus a "Famous Visitors" board on Pinterest….

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One phone, two phone, red phone, blue phone

During the season when the phone rings at home, I always assume it’s "work" calling. Even though it usually isn’t. In fact, in my 16 years here, I’ve caught myself almost answering the phone at home with, "Holiday World, this is Paula…" That didn’t happen last night, but still this conversation seemed to be natural…

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As promised: Voyage Extreme Brownies recipe

It should come as no surprise. When I tweeted from home last night that I was making a batch of "Voyage Extreme Brownies" and asked if anyone wanted the recipe, the response was as fast and furious as the ride itself. So here it is: Voyage Extreme Brownies (every bit as extreme as The Voyage!)…

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Face it

Received a lovely compliment the other day during a podcast recording. The editor of an industry magazine said something kind about how on-top-of the latest social-media technology we are. I choked down a laugh-snort combination and tried to be gracious in saying thank you and protesting that my personal knowledge is of the enough-to-be-dangerous category….

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An A+ for Hannah

Hannah is a sweetie. I met her a few seasons ago when she visited the park with her family. Her dad is a journalist from Cincinnati. Hannah is finishing up 4th grade ("Just like Bart Simpson," her dad told me). Her proud papa emailed me a theme paper (remember those?) for which Hannah received 25…

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Holiday World heist

What a nice email (including the subject line, above) from a new friend from across the pond: Good Evening/Afternoon Paula! It is Friday night over here and after a hard day's work I am relaxing at home as I am traveling 2 hours at 7am in the morning to get to Alton Towers for a…

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A conversation

Will: I can't believe how many people watch The Colbert Report. Me: And to think we'd never even heard of the guy until a month ago. Will: (My daughter) Leah says her History teacher talks about him in class. Me: And to think we'd never even heard of the guy until a month ago. Will:…

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No respect …

None. One of my HoliBlog-email buddies just sent the following: I thought that I heard a very loud, high pitched scream as I was driving from Evansville to Newburgh for lunch today. Where you getting your first Voyage ride? Guilty as charged. I'm hoarse, or I'd tell you more.

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Mother’s Day hits twice

I tease Thomas that he's my egghead son. John, 13, is my musical son. And James, 5, is my farm-boy son. They're all bright fellows, but Tom is what I sometimes refer to as "scary smart." I have, by the way, a newspaper clipping of an article stating that bright sons get their brains from…

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Around and around we go!

…well, maybe not we. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with getting older, but those circular rides make me sick. Sorry, I can’t “spin” this into something positive, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? You either like to put centrifugal force to the test or you don’t. I’ll pass. Back in…

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The agony of de feet

Important Notice to all new Hosts and Hostesses: It really helps to "break in" your spiffy new white sneaks before the first day of work. Now, that doesn't mean to drag them through a mud puddle the way my older brothers did as we trudged to Sacred Heart Elementary on the first day of school…

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