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The Feast

The morning before she died, it was clear that she felt the brush of death. That’s why she was so restless, struggling against the rope that was tying her hooves to the wooden pole. Tears blurring my eyes, I watch from the steps of the Big House in our yard. Maybe I was stupid to have gotten attached so quickly to a being that was bound to die for my sake. I had never had to face this back...

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How a Cartoon Chicken Changed My Life

It was a simple sign that dared the onlooker for the adventure of a lifetime-- bungee jumping. This was Australia after all, a land known for deadly spiders, boxing marsupials, and thrill-seeking adventure. I nudged my mom and pointed to the sign. “I’m going to do it”, I said jokingly. “Sure you are”, my mom replied. To further mess with my parents I picked up a AJ Hackett bungee...

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Try the Azores for a Value Fall or Winter Getaway

The Azores islands off the coast of Portugal are a little known and good value family destination, just 4 hours by plane from Boston, Massachusetts. There are nine islands in the group, known as the Eastern islands (Sao Miguel and Santa Maria islands), Central islands (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, Faial islands), and Western islands (Flores and Corvo islands). Santa Maria, the capital of Ponta...

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Amanjena, Peaceful Paradise In Marrakech

A day at the Amanjena Resort in Marrakech is like a tour of the palace depicted in the tale "One Thousand and One Nights." Simply put, it's a more refined narrative of Arabian life than is usually available to the average traveler,  even in the elegant and very Moroccan rose-red city of Marrakech. But that is the Aman...

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How To Pick The Right Cruise Line For Grandkids

With so many cruise lines to choose from for a multi-generational vacation at sea, I think you'll need Grandma Molly's cruise reviews to decide on which grandparent cruise to take, and why. So, for your consideration, I present the best options among major cruise lines that welcome or cater to families. All of the following offer cabins outfitted for handicapped passengers and, in general, most kids’...

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Illinois Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Stick with us while we drive to countryside U-Pick apple farms in Rockford, Caledonia, Winnebago and other regions near Chicago, Illinois then head southwest across the state to Alton to check out the orchards near the Mississippi River and St. Louis, Missouri. In our family, a day...

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Ireland is Our Land

It must have been the "Luck of the Irish" rubbing off on us when three generations of our clan set down at Dublin airport to sunny 70°F (21°C) weather... and it stayed that way for the entire week. That wasn't the only miracle. It was just as amazing that our family of six, ranging in age from 11 to 70, had managed to get here at all when the only common denominator amongst us was a desire to visit...

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An Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World

Whether you’re a human or a toy, Walt Disney World in Orlando has designed a vacation all about you, with a little sprinkling of PIXAR dust. For humans, there are fresh attractions in all the parks, plus new amenities like extra shaded seating, more FastPasses to reduce waiting time for popular rides, and new water fountains and misters throughout the parks.

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Apple River Wisconsin fall foliage
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Leaf Peeker’s Guide To America’s Fall Foliage

Fall foliage tours and affordable leaf peeping road trips are easy to plan if you use this How-To, Where-To foliage guide to see leaf colors changing en route. You'll probably find a fall festival at your destination to make it a fun day's outing, or enough events for an entire weekend getaway for the family. Where to see the leaves change Most of the US is open for autumn foliage...

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Permission To Travel and Travel Consent Letters And Why You Need Them

Adults traveling outside the U.S. with children under 18, other than their own, must have a Permission or travel consent letter from both of the minors' guardians. The travel consent letter also covers a child traveling internationally with only one birth parent, one guardian, grandparents or other adults. This written and notarized Permission to Travel Letter from both birth parents,...

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Broadening Horizons While Abroad

The first time I went out of the country I had just turned 17. It was also my mother's first time traveling abroad at age 49. It was spur of the moment really, the perfect amount of circumstances to birth a serendipitous trip to Rome. Our family friend of fifteen years was staying in Italy for a month and begged us to fly out for a week—we just needed to book our flight. Now, my mother doesn't just...

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To Grandmother’s House We Go

“Crossing the ocean inside a huge plane, to grandmother’s house we go…” My grandparents live in the Philippines, a sixteen-hour flight across the Pacific. Sure, we may navigate over more than just rivers and woods, but my grandmother’s (and grandfather’s) scarlet-tiled, yellow-walled house is as homey and familiar as anybody’s. We arrive in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport...

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