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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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A cruise to Bermuda with old family friends


The cruise was long planned and then a week before tragedy stuck… more
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On an ‘uncruise’ Alaskan sea adventure


Unlike the big cruise ships, we can take our time in Glacier Bay, which offers 3.3 million acres of glaciers that calve right in front of us more
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Cheering on the humpback whales


“HONK! HONK!” They are really whales—eight to 10 of them right in front of the boat alternately spewing water high in the air, honking and “fluking”—diving for food and showing us their magnificent tails. We watch them “blow” spewing water high into the air. It’s fun to watch them! more
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No better way to get the kids interested in nature


There are seven kids aged 11 to 16-six of them boys -- in our group. And in Alaska, of course, we don’t let the rain stop us whether we’re kayaking to a glacier and ice caves, looking for bear on the beach or trying to track them as we bushwhack our way through old forest. more
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No TV, no internet, so what?


“If I had it I’d be on it but I’m not really missing it,” said 15 year old Jake Blacutt. Instead, they’re playing marathon games of slapjack and hearts, making origami, and with the grown-ups -- telephone charades. Seventeen year old Drew Redmond shows 13 year old Miles Singer card tricks. Eleven year old Charlotte doesn’t let the boys phase her. It is a lot easier, I think, for the kids to get to know one another without the distractions of TV, internet and video games. more
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Snap…crackle…BOOM! Kayaking among glaciers and ice bergs


We are in the middle of Glacier Bay, paddling through the ice -- big icebergs, little icebergs. One looks like an alligator. “I thought they were cool -- they were so little on top and, oh wow -- they were huge underneath,” said 14-year-old Xander Majercik. more
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Learning how to kayak among ice bergs


“Our aim is to keep your wilderness experience from being impacted by the cruise ships,” says Kimber Owen, who found her way to her boat and Alaska from a Texas horse farm after she was widowed in her early forties. “It was too sad to stay,” she explained. more
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To Glacier Bay on a converted WWII minesweeper


We’ve joined three other families -- together we have seven kids ranging from one 11 year-old girl and six teenage boys -- for a week-long cruise through the 300 square acre (the size of Connecticut!) Glacier Bay on the 12-passenger Sea Wolf -- built in 1941 as a U.S. Navy Minesweeper more
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Our last day on the catamaran with Turo


DAY 8 — Sad! It’s our last day on our Catamaran with our captain Turo Aritu, who for the past week has regaled the girls — and all of us — with his tales (mostly in French) of his four more »
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On a cruise for the first time


More than 1.6 million kids cruised last year and that number continues to increase... more
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