A Beginner’s Guide to Travel Photography

March 4, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

Everything you need to capture amazing photos on the road, be it in rainforest or sprawling city, can easily fit in your backpack alongside all your other travel gear.

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U.S.-Cuba Relations: Bridging the Gap

February 5, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

The Cuban immigration officer looked at me askance when I told him I’d like my U.S. passport stamped. My accent stood out in a whirlwind of European and South American voices. My anxiety wasn’t lessened as my taxi from the airport passed billboards referring to “El Bloqueo”—the blockade—as genocide.

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A Photo Journey Through Cuba

January 29, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

Cuba is a riot of silhouette and tone. From the tobacco-filled valleys of Viñales to the colonial buildings of Trinidad, Cuba and its people demand attention and welcome you into a whirlwind of rum, cigars, and salsa.

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Ocean Legacies by Joan Leoff

January 1, 2016 by Joan Leof

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In my 40s, I invited a lover to accompany me to my quiet beach. We swam out to where the water was chest high and began kissing. Soon, my bikini pants were in my hand and we were making love. The ocean’s rhythms. Our rhythms. How primitive it felt. How natural. A moment of total abandon.

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The Land of Oz . . . One Month In

November 19, 2015 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Sydney is just beautiful. I walk around this city in awe that this is now my life. I’m just bopping along and then I look up and am gobsmacked by yet another beautiful scene.

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Enchanted Autumn: A Road Scholar’s Hike Through the Lake Country of Italy

October 20, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

Participants came from all over the U.S. Most of the group had worked in a professional capacity, and some still were active in their careers. Among us were teachers, school administrators, college professors, doctors, psychotherapists, a filmmaker, a lawyer, and business people. All had a zest for learning that more than justified our title as “scholars.”

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How I Embraced Retirement: A Journey of Discovery in the Andes Mountains of Peru

October 14, 2015 by Susan Fier

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By Susan Fier

All in all, the snowcapped mountains and glaciers remind me of the joy I experience when I push my limits and move beyond my comfort zone. Overcoming fear, avoiding discouragement, and focusing on my goal served to provide the boost that I needed in order to succeed.

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Turning 60 in the Land of Oz

October 5, 2015 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Once I made the decision to move, I noticed that I approached NYC slightly differently. I stopped looking at two things I typically like looking at: clothing and men. Clothing because, well, I’m throwing things out and not looking to re-accumulate. And the man thing just made sense.

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

September 26, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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Favorite Summer Indulgences From Stacey Bewkes

July 31, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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As we are now in the throes of summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with their Sweet Summer Indulgences for the season. This week we invited Stacey Bewkes—Founder of Quintessence, a luxury lifestyle blog.

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The Fourth of July in Pin Point, Georgia

July 3, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

For the descendants of former slaves, who had had the rare good fortune to remain an intact community from the time before freedom came to the early years of the 21st century, family closeness can be a celebration in itself.

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Patriotism at Its Best: Memorial Day in Orient, New York

May 25, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

In Orient, it is the citizens themselves who march—not bystanders, but celebrants in a quiet (except for the sirens) ritual. That it continues with so little change has everything to do, I believe, with an emphasis on remembrance and participation.

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Spring Breaks Out in Portland, Oregon

May 12, 2015 by C.A. Carrington

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By C.A. Carrington

C.A. Carrington, our Portland Correspondent, answers our Invitation urging writers to render spring in their part of the country.

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OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . .

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett

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By Tish Jett

When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: Philly in Bloom

April 9, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

On the arrival of the first warm days of spring, Rittenhouse Square, the poshest piece of real estate in the city, turns into a beach as office workers and students spread out blankets and strip down to, well, their tattoos.

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