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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The World According to Weber: the Thrill of Seeing

August 5, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

At the “Thrill of Seeing” exhibition: Look at the Miró-esque palette, the soft edges, in the Albers! Note the Albers-ish geometric riff on the right in the Miró! Can it be that these two beauties were created an ocean away from each other, three and a half decades apart? Zowie!

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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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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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Minnesota, Colder than Antarctica: Winter-Coping Tips from a Native

February 28, 2014 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

Tip No. 7: Invest in a high-powered electric blanket. Before retiring, crank the dial to “high.” Wait two hours. Pull on your flannel pajamas and socks. Crawl under the covers. Snuggling and hot sex optional, but highly recommended.

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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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The Transition Network: Helping Women Savor the Second Half of Life

January 28, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

The Transition Network is a community of professional women 50 and up, and therefore each member is going through a different kind of “what’s next?” transition: children leaving home; elderly parents coming back; pondering the risks of changing careers; retirement; being widowed; being newly remarried; navigating the single life as a mature woman. TTN provides intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and support to women going through these transitions.

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