I Climbed a Mountain: The Good, the Bad, and the ‘Oh My Goodness!’

October 28, 2014 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Can something be awesome and horrible at the same time? Apparently, because that’s what this was for me. I really hated the climbing part; it was much, much tougher than many of us imagined it would be. But it was more awesome than it was horrible.

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Postcard from Crete

September 23, 2014 by Jerolyn Morrison

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By Jerolyn Morrison

The chefs’ challenge: choose from a list of ingredients from the Minoan culture of the Cretan Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1000 B.C.), then use a ceramic Minoan-style globular-shaped, tripod cooking pot to prepare food over a hearth fire.

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September in Savannah

August 26, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson

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By Susan B. Johnson

Thirty-three years ago, after two years spent living on a sailboat, my husband and I decided to head home. But where was that? Fred needed ocean, I needed warmth, and we both needed jobs. Neither of us remembers why we decided on Savannah, Georgia (est. 1733), but it turned out to be the right choice.

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Why We Love Houston

August 2, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

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By Susan Lieberman

Maybe Texans are needlessly prideful, but Houston’s can-do energy, along with its amazing variety of people, places, and restaurants, is stimulating and exciting.

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Fourth of July in Philadelphia: “We Own This”

July 4, 2014 by Suzanne Fluhr

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By Suzanne Fluhr

Philadelphia doesn’t celebrate on the Fourth of July only; we celebrate from June 28 through July 8. As the city where the Declaration of Independence was actually debated, written, and signed in 1776, Philadelphians feel understandably proprietary about American Independence Day. In announcing plans for Philadelphia’s 2014 celebration of the Fourth of July, Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter, asserted, “This is Philadelphia. We own this.”

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July 4 in Marblehead, Massachusetts: A Little Town with Big History

July 3, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

This town takes the celebration of the Fourth very seriously. Marblehead’s contribution to our winning the American Revolution was significant. In 1775, the town formed the 14th Continental Regiment, made up of seamen. It was Marblehead men who rowed Washington across the Delaware to the Battle of Trenton.

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July 4 in Afton, Minnesota: Heartfelt in the Heartland

July 2, 2014 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

Afton, just fifteen miles east of downtown St. Paul, is a step back in time. Afton has no shopping malls, fast food restaurants, or stoplights. On a normal day it has very little traffic. Well, a traffic jam might happen if more than three cars arrive at the post office at the same time.

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Summer in the City: Seattle—Shangri-La

July 1, 2014 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Outdoors, over the water and through the often woodsy parks, to music and festivals, happy hours on the sidewalks, outdoor art, crafts, parades and celebrations citywide. It’s Summer in the City as you will not find it elsewhere. Who knew?

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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Part 2: The Storm Over the Crater

March 30, 2014 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

The trail became wider. We passed people coming down from the summit. “You’re close,” they said, their faces as blue/green as the glaciers.

We weren’t close.

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On the Kilimanjaro Crater’s Lip: What’s a 60-Year-Old Doing in a Place Like This?

March 29, 2014 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

All hell broke loose. The moon and stars disappeared. The sky shook with thunder and lightning. A fierce wind kicked up. Snow fell sideways and froze onto our faces. We turned on our headlamps so that we could see in the dark. It’s a good think we couldn’t see the narrowness of the switchbacks we were negotiating.

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Out of the Vortex, into the Sun: Long-Weekend Getaways for Midwesterners

February 28, 2014 by Karen Weiner Escalera

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By Karen Weiner Escalera

Splendid accommodations: Luxe warm-weather resorts a long-weekend’s distance from icy Minnesota.

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Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson

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By Susan B. Johnson

“Here you are at last,” says your mother, reaching up to embrace you. Her brittle body trembles like that of a twisted, fragile bird. Dismayed, you wonder if this is how you will be in twenty-five years.

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Traveling in Style

February 22, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I lament, as do so many of you, that airline travel today is often worse than taking the Greyhound bus. But I believe that we can each do our part to raise the fashion bar for air travel, starting with new luggage.

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OUT OF THE VORTEX, INTO THE SUN

February 21, 2014 by Karen Weiner Escalera

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By Karen Weiner Escalera

Eight sunny, luxe resorts close enough to let Northeasterners flee the Polar Vortex for a long-weekend getaway.

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Curtain Bluff—Another Oasis for Northerners

February 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

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By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

Curtain Bluff in Antigua is an all-inclusive place where the owners and management also dine every night. My husband and I have visited often enough over the decades to have earned an engraved plate!

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