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Laughing Our Way Into The Teen Years

“So you’re telling me, that if you saw Adolf Hilter walking down the street, you wouldn’t kill him?” “Well that’s not what I was saying. But sure, let’s talk about this…entirely new topic”. My fourteen year old daughter has had a quick wit that belied her age since I was […]

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Happy 100th Birthday to These 100 People, Places and Things

The 19th Amendment celebrates its 100th in 2020! If still alive, we’d be singing happy 100th birthday to Charles Bukowski and Agatha Christie too, as well as to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise…if you fancy singing to a book. But wait, there’s more turning 100 in 2020! Including […]

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She was smearing globs of whipped sweet cream butter onto a raisin scone cut without fanfare into bite-sized pieces. A pair of crusty, acute triangular ends caked in crystallized sugars were all that remained. They are his favorite; he has a thing for finales. Yet he didn’t intervene in hers. […]

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15 Best National Park Road Trips

For my money, Going To The Sun Road that cuts across Glacier National Park is the GOAT best National Park road trip but there are many other National Park road trips to enjoy during the pandemic and after…if we ever fully experience ‘after’. The 15 Best National Park Road Trips […]

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15 Best National Park Road Trips

For my money, Going To The Sun Road that cuts across Glacier National Park is the GOAT best National Park road trip but there are many other National Park road trips to enjoy during the pandemic and after…if we ever fully experience ‘after’. The 15 Best National Park Road Trips […]

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I’ve piloted a pair of minivans across the width of the country (Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona), a Highlander up and down the Pacific NW and through the woods of Ohio, a Kia Niro on the Blue Ridge Parkway and from Orlando down to Miami for soccer and baseball and brunch […]

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Road Trip Destinations: The Outer Banks

Lighthouses, a national seashore, wild horses on the beach, and massive vacation rental homes: the Outer Banks is one of the best family-friendly road trip destinations on the east coast. The Ultimate Guide to an Outer Banks Road Trip For Reader’s Digest, I wrote a guide to an Outer Banks […]

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7 Socially-Distanced Travel Ideas for Family Summer Vacations During a Pandemic

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, civil rights protests, skyrocketing unemployment, and the contentious run-up to the most critical presidential election of our time, this summer has been a doozy and a half. Not sure if socially-distanced travel ideas are high on your list of needs right now but you may want […]

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Wherever Back To School Happens, Your Day One Starts At Dick’s

This story is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions expressed below are honest, unbiased and 100% my own. It’s mid-August. It’s brimstone-hot outside and the a/c is gasping for the air we need it to keep pumping inside. The summer is both in full force and winding down, and […]

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The Long and Winding Road Nears Its End

I’m a reasonable man.The long and winding road nears its end.A pair of kittens bounce off walls in an endless, relatively fruitless chase of tails and feathers.The artist inside a rubber shoe, rolling about with a painted smile. The Museum of Funeral History is in Houston. It teaches what the […]

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