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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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Into the lap of luxury at Villa Aquamare on Virgin Gorda


The advantage here—besides the privacy and the chance to putter in the kitchen yourself—is that you aren’t paying $5 each time a child wants a virgin colada or $15 for the real thing. more
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Diving and learning fascinating history in the British Virgin Islands


diving | wreck diving | family travel
Today we are all diving as a family. The Wreck of the Rhone is just off Salt Island in two big pieces 60 to 80 feet down, but there are many smaller pieces. more
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“We’re all grownups now mom! Don’t sweat the small stuff”


“That’s part of the adventure,” says my 25 year old daughter Reggie. “It’s not like we’re at a fancy resort where everything is being done for us.” more
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Back to the BVI and a week of sailing on a Moorings catamaran


When it came time to decide on a family trip for my far flung gang—the first time we’d all be together in more than a year—sailing, with some diving included, was everyone’s top pick. more
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SCUBA Diving for the First Time in the British Virgin Islands


Reggie and I are already imagining our next dive back home in the much colder, kelp-forested waters of Monterey, California -- just a couple hours away from our domicile in San Francisco. more
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An amazing geological park just outside Hong Kong


Geologists still argue today how these columns were formed some 140 million years ago. What is known is that a huge amount of volcanic ash and lava spewed forth with the volcano ultimately collapsing and forming a caldera. more
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January is the month to learn a snow sport


January is National Learn a Snow Sport Month and more than 200 resorts are pulling out all the stops for families and offering free or discounted ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski and snowshoe lessons for beginners. more
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In 2012, why not let the kids lead the way?


Whether the kids were mine or someone else’s, I realized — sometimes belatedly — that the best times were had when we took our cue from the kids and let their passions-of-the-moment dictate. more
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A memorable trip: to Africa and a safari


Welcome to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, at 5,700 square miles bigger than the state of Connecticut and home to some of the largest prides of lion in East Africa as well as these other animals. more
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Four days with the SnowMamas in Park City, Utah


Maybe buying ski boots isn’t that big a deal. But it says something about my desire to invest in myself instead of everyone else in the family for a change. And every season, I say I’m going to hang up my skis because I’m not having fun out there—certainly not when I try to keep up with my family, experts all. more
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