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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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Taking a family vacation to a private island


Starlight villa at the Fowl Cay resort in the Bahamas
No, you’re not dreaming. Welcome to Fowl Cay Resort in the famous Bahamian Exumas that boast more than 300 tiny islands. This is the most unique Caribbean all-inclusive resort that I’ve ever seen. more
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CheapSally’s Guide to Holiday Travel


Here are some sponsored tips on how to travel happily and safely over the holidays. Enjoy! more
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Sports cars [sponsored infographic]


One way to make a road trip more interesting is to drive a sports car. Many rental car companies offer them. more
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Learning to cope with weather disruptions when the family travels


Trying to get back to work in New York after Sandy
Let’s play the what-if game. What if Mother Nature derails your holiday travel plans — as it did for so many people I know earlier this month during Hurricane Sandy and during the Christmas blizzard that crippled the East Coast two years ago? more
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Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun


ABC Boys get ready for bike ride on the National Mall
it’s worth checking out a bike tour wherever you are visiting with the kids. You can bike along the new beach promenade in Clearwater, Fla., or sample Portland’s famous local eats on a Bites by Bike tour that claims it is the best in the country for cyclists, offering an extensive network of trails. more
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The best laid plans, waylaid by Frankenstorm


American Airlines Terminal at JFK Airport after 2010's Christmas blizzard
UPDATE (Wednesday, Oct 31) -- It's Halloween, but the really scary thing is now bad the damage from SuperStorm Sandy is all over the Northeast. We still have power at our house so we are one of the few lucky ones. But we lost cable, which means almost all forms of communication for us these days. I'm updating this blog from our Town Hall where they have electricity and free public wi-fi. It's impressive the way people are pulling together and helping each other out. Just this morning my husband helped a neighbor jump-start his car. His battery had run down after he and his son tried to recharge too many electronic devices. Meanwhile... if you trying to travel, or get home, during the storm's aftermath, check out www.johnnyjet.com for some great tips! more
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Bittersweet — our last child’s last college Parents Weekend


With Mel at Garden of the Gods
Milestones occur with frequency in the raising of children. For Eileen and me, this past weekend was one of the sweetest -- our last PARENTS WEEKEND for our last child in college. more
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Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the sculpture of Albert Einstein on the National Mall
Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and, the boys said, were worth the cost of admission. more
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Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys


Remember the Children exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC
One of the best things about Washington, DC is that so many museums are free. We aim to hit as many as we can.This time, instead of trying to see all that the Holocaust Museum or the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has to offer, I tried to pinpoint certain exhibits I thought would most interest the boys from the Westport ABC House more
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Three days in Washington DC with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the Capitol
I was chaperoning six city high school boys who attend our suburban school under the auspices of A Better Chance, a national organization that identifies kids with academic potential in middle school and sends them to communities like ours (Westport, CT) to live and attend high school. Several of the boys had visited Washington, DC on middle school trip more
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