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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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There’s no better time to see Yellowstone’s thermals and wildlife than in winter


We feel as if we’ve got the huge (2.2 million acres) park to ourselves. The last time we were here in the summer, there were so many people around the kids could barely see Old Faithful. Now we’ve got our pick of viewing spots and take a trail up to an observation point where we can see Old Faithful and all of the surrounding area. A small herd of Bison is in the distance more
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DEBUNKING THANKSGIVING MYTHS AT PLIMOUTH PLANTATION


Of course it wouldn’t have been called Thanksgiving—that would have meant a day of fasting in church, not feasting, explained Kathleen Curtin, a Plimouth Plantation historian who literally helped write the book Giving Thanks on the subject. more
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In memory of Shannon, please ‘get swabbed’


I love to see people live their dreams whether on vacation or at home. But sometimes, that dream is all too fleeting. All 11-year-old Shannon Tavarez wanted to do was perform on stage. She beat out hundreds of children in an open audition to win the role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway. more
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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter


Many people who lose 35 pounds would splurge on a new wardrobe. I opted for this adventure—one I could share with my daughter before she left for college. That was six years ago and I’ve traveled the world since. Still, our Kili Climb remains one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken. more
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What to do when you lose your passport while traveling abroad


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I’m still not sure where or how it happened that day in Florence. Our passports were securely in my purse but that evening, the leather envelope I carried them in was gon more
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Are you ready for ghosts and goblins?


This year, there are thousands of haunted attractions around the country to choose from that offer chills and thrills for most of the fall. Even Broadway is getting in on the act more
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How to survive and have fun on college tours with your kids


Anyone who has ever toured colleges with a high school student -- and I was on my third round that Boston weekend --- knows that's no small feat. I've driven four hours to have my son refuse to get out of the car because he didn't like the look of the campus more
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Tonight we’re going to watch the flamingos in the sunset!


The Atacama region (less than two hours flight from Santiago) is one of the most visited in Chile and it is easy to see why -- the spectacular desert landscape, the chance to hike to an ancient village, taste a llama kebob (you’ll see them everywhere here), hike to the top of a volcano at 18,000 feet or to the highest geyser field in the world -- El Tatio Geisers at 14,190 feet -- and visit unique nature reserves like this. more
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MAKING SURE MOM GETS A BREAK TOO IN SNOWY CLIMES


We moms all know the dirty little secret of family vacations. No, I’m not talking about the piles of laundry when we get home, though that’s certainly no fun. I’m talking about how moms whisper on the beach, on line at theme parks and at ski resort lifts that family vacations are really no vacations at all for them, especially when young kids are part of the equation. more
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New survey: the most enduring memories come from family vacations


Disney gets it. They’ve just announced the creation of a special website where you can share your Disney memories and view those of other vacationers (maybe you’ll laugh, maybe you’ll pick up a park-going tip). more
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