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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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Read Eileen’s travel diary and keep up with her travels. You might just pick up some ideas for your next family vacation!

To Aspen-Snowmass for a trip down memory lane


You’re never too old to take the kids. And they’re not too old for a trip with mom and dad. Sometimes, that can include a trip down memory lane—on snow. more
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Thirty years later son learns dad was right about Aspen


Turns out, my dad was right. Aspen and neighboring Snowmass — where we spent the first three nights — lived up to the old man’s hype. And then some. more
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At the 9/11 Memorial on a cold, snowy morning


ABC Westport boys at the National 911 Memorial in New York
Every one of our boys parents are immigrants—from Africa, Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad, from other places. They learned that had they been immigrants in the 1870s living here, they would have worked 10 hours a day rather than go to school... more
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Seven teen-aged boys at a Penthouse in NYC for a weekend


ABC Westport boys sizing up the Penthouse at the New York Hilton Hotel
Some of my friends thought I was nuts. When I won a weekend stay at the Hilton New York’s five-bedroom penthouse, I invited along seven teenagers to share the fun at New York’s largest hotel. more
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Last day in the BVI – to the new resort on Scrub Island


“This is a place for adventures,” says General Manager Martin Smith, who says the key is organizing your stay—with the resort staff help. more
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A day of water sports (or not) at the Bitter End Yacht Club


Snorkel, sail, windsurf or kayak? We’re at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the island of Virgin Gorda which has been a haven for sailors and yachters for years. more
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To Anegada: spectacular sailing and a famous spot for lobsters


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
This island—just 3 miles wide at its widest point—is famous for its lobsters that many fisherman here catch by free diving as deep as 60 feet. Sailors like us (we’ve been sailing around the BVI on a Moorings charter Catamaran) make the trip here for the lobsters as well as the spectacular wind-swept beaches. more
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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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