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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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200 years later, visit the scenes of the Second War for Independence

After visiting the sights along Maryland’s Spangled Banner Trail, you will learn to spot the 15-star and 15-stripe flag like the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that became our national anthem during the War of 1812. more
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Remembering a great adventure in the high Chilean desert

It’s only 10 a.m. but I feel like we’ve been going all day. That’s because we left our hotel Tierra Atacama before dawn—I’d never seen such bright stars across the desert sky—on our way to the highest geyser field in the world—El Tatio Geisers at 14,190 feet! more
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Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing – just ask the kids

It’s no secret that the snowsports industry wants to encourage more minorities to hit the slopes. But that’s not easy with lift tickets costing over $90 at many places, not to mention all the gear that’s needed. (Even long underwear and the right socks can be expensive.) more
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Prepare for Take Off in a Stress Free Way

Yes, we get reserved parking at the airport. No, we’re not VIPs or parkers with special needs. more
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An unscheduled stop on American Airlines raises big questions

When our non-stop flight on American Airlines made an unscheduled stop because the pilot found out he was not qualified to land at our destination, it raised all sorts of questions. more
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Spas are increasingly prominent at ski resorts

Skiing these days isn’t only about skiing with an ever growing array of spa services, including a growing number for teens and younger children like at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. Take your pick of massages, scrubs, wraps and more. more
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Attention moms — take a lesson from a skiing First Lady

She could have arranged to take her girls to the slopes and not gotten on skis. It had to have been scary her first time out. But she was game to try. more
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How to travel with a teenager – carefully

At the inaugural FamilyTravelConference held recently at the Omni Berkshire Place in NYC, attendees said they wished hotels and resorts would take a page from cruise lines and offer more activities for tweens and teens. more
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There’s something about Orlando

Despicable Me underway at Universal Orlando
The thing about Orlando is no matter how often you visit, there is always something new. That’s why Orlando became the first city in the country to welcome more than 50 million visitors last year—some 54 million to be exact! more
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Just a walk in the snowy woods

Solden Austria
I was thinking about that Snow Walk the other night when Mel called from college to report giddily that she’d spent the weekend on a back-country skiing trip that “was harder than anything I’ve done on skis.” more
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