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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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Don't we wish! I was thinking about that this morning as I drove my husband to the airport because his elderly mom had been rushed to the hospital and was very seriously ill. Luckily, I was able to get him a free flight. If not, it would have cost nearly $1,000 for a round trip ticket from New York to Chicago (and never mind change fees since he doesn't know when he returns.) That's what you get for trying to buy a ticket instantly. more
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I know when the new baby comes to visit it's tempting to put your grandchild in the same crib you used as a new parent. DON'T! more
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I just got back from two entirely different kinds of destinations that are winners for entirely different kinds of families. more
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It pays to ask

I've been saying for months that in this economy, we should ask for what else the hotel/resort/ cruiseline can do for us--a better room, resort credits, free food. But until last week, I hadn't thought about that in the context of a family emergency. I found myself handling flights and hotels for family converging in Illinois after my 90-year-old mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital and then died. more
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The Ships Just Keep Getting Bigger!

As Royal Caribbean gets ready to unveil Oasis later this month, which--for the time being anyway--will be the world's largest cruise ship, Disney Cruise Line unveiled some magic of its own appropriately named Fantasy. more
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Traveling with a Heavy Heart

The cruise was long planned to celebrate the 85th birthday of my "second mom." I grew up two houses away on suburban Long Island and over the years, her family and mine became one, her two daughters my oldest and closest friends, sharing good times and sad. more
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Taking the Grown Up Kids

We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Northern California that included museum-hopping in San Francisco, hiking in Yosemite National Park and wine tasting in Sonoma County. My companions, besides my husband Andy were my 23-year-old daughter Reggie and her boyfriend Dan Foldes. They live and work in San Francisco. more
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Thanks for the Memories, Gus!

Yesterday was a very sad day in our house. We had to say goodbye to our 11-year-old Lab Gus who had developed a very aggressive and painful bone cancer. more
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A Drive Down Memory Lane

Five years ago, we visited Colorado Springs for our oldest daughter's freshman Parent Weekend at Colorado College. We brought 13-year-old Melanie--not a happy camper that weekend to have all the attention focused on her older sister--and stayed at the iconic and sprawling Broadmoor resort. more
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Should resorts ban kids?

A Denver Post reader told me she was “seething” when she read the column I wrote about Bora Bora being a good bet for families as well as honeymooners. “No it’s not! Isn’t there anywhere in the world anymore that’s more »
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