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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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What price will you pay for your child’s safety?


This week there was news of more incidents in which air turbulence injured passengers -- and one case sent a baby flying through the cabin (very luckily uninjured). The FAA and the airlines need to act -- and parents need to ask themselves again: Is your small child's safety worth not paying for the extra seat? more
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Two new ways families can take the stress out of flying


With Global Entry all you need is your passport and fingerprint to zip through customs
Want to get whisked through security? It may be too late for Thanksgiving, but if you are flying for Christmas, you’ve got time to sign up for Global Entry, the trusted traveler network that allows you to make your way quickly through special lines and customs by using automated kiosks at 97 domestic airports through the TSA Pre-check Program. more
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Learning about grapes and history in the Champagne region near Paris


Vineyards in the Champagne region of France
We’re sitting in a family dining room in a tiny French village eating chicken cooked in champagne and sipping champagne. This is the Champagne Region of France afterall. more
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Two weeks in France visiting Paris, champagne country and Normandy via river cruise


Place des Voges in Paris
Arriving in Paris jet-lagged, a quick trip to see Monet's water lillies at the Musee de L'Orangerie was just the tonic. Armed with a Paris Pass, we didn't have to wait in a long line for tickets. more
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Nantucket Island is a great fall getaway destination when the crowds are gone


Kayak family at Jetties Beach on Nantucket Island
Thirty miles off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is as famous for its more than 30 miles of bike trails around the island — you see adults and kids with bikes everywhere — as for its 80 miles of spectacular beaches. more
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Make way for business class on JetBlue — what does this mean for the rest of us?


Even though Jet Blue says these seats only will take up a very small percentage of the total seats, there will still be fewer seats for those of us who simply want to get from NYC to the West Coast the cheapest way possible. And as other airlines jump on this profitable market, that will be the case across the industry? more
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10 tips to survive taking your first child to college


Washington U faculty and students help freshmen settle in
You’ll be spending the Long Goodbye shuttling back and forth to stores crowded with other freshmen parents for “essentials” you didn’t bring from home. In our case, that included a tool kit needed to loft the beds in my daughter Mel’s dorm room so the girls had more floor space. more
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Kicks on Route 66 – in a Ford hybrid that gets 100 miles per gallon


Route 66 sign
During the Great Depression, and the Dustbowl, over 250,000 people packed everything they could and set out from Arkansas and Oklahoma along Route 66, heading--they hoped—for a better life in California. Recently I got to drive part of the route in a Ford hybrid vehicle. more
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TSA, really?? Knives, bats, golf clubs on airplanes???


You can’t bring a bottle of water onto an airplane. You might get stopped at security with a container of breast milk. But you can bring a baseball bat? And small knives? Come on TSA, which announced last week that these items will be allowed as carry-on beginning April 25. How about a little common sense? more
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Spring fever is breaking out all over


Spring Training
None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family’s idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day on a beach or a hiking trail. more
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