Crossroads: “Nice Was Nice, but . . .”

February 12, 2015 by Susan Lapinski


Susan Lapinski

My friends and I could barely keep our footing as we trudged from the rock festival to the train station in defeat. I must have looked particularly soaked and sad, because a brown-eyed man in pink corduroy jeans stepped out of the crowd, smiled, and silently offered me an orange. That was Michel.

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Crossroads: She Moved to Paris for Work—and Stayed for Love

February 12, 2015 by Tish Jett

Tish Jett

Tish Jett

Then I remembered one of my favorite French sayings: “It’s better to have regrets than remorse.” Never mind if some argue that it’s merely a game of semantics. I thought I wanted to live my life, as much as possible, without one day looking back thinking, “I wish I had . . .”

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Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Ignorance

January 25, 2015 by Nancy Weber


At one fork in her life’s road, our resident contrarian, Nancy Weber, took the wrong path—and, of course, she relishes telling us about her life-altering mistake.

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Betty Buckley: “I Forgot to Get My Cutting Horse”

January 13, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Singer/actress Betty Buckley finds riding horses a good antidote to life in the limelight. “Horses are very spiritual,” she says. “They have an incredible emotional bond with human beings; there’s a tremendous, profound empathy between horses and humans that is very healing.” This is a refreshing contrast to a career in an industry filled with pigeonholing, constant judgment, and gossip.

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

October 28, 2014 by Eleanore Wells

Wells Mountain 1

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Pike Place Market

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


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


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


By Karen Weiner Escalera

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

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