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How I Got My Sailing Grin

My parents aren’t sailors. My mom thinks the main sheet is a sail, and my dad thinks heeling means running like mad. But they both recognize my sailing grin, which erupts when you put water, a boat, and me in the same place. I think the grin first appeared my second summer of sailing.   On the last day of the session there was a long race to a stash of candy. We were paired...

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An Attempt at the Inexplicable

I have no idea why I love to sail. The more I ponder this topic, the less and less of an explanation I have to offer. My mind automatically reverts to the poetic cliché that sailing is all about freedom, boundaries balance, struggle, and thrill; about the feeling of being at the tiller, in charge of preserving the harmony between boat, wind and water; but, something deeper within me whispers...

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Why I Love Sailing

When I think of my experiences with sailing, two words come to mind, freedom and unpredictability. I now realize what attracted me to sailing in the beginning and why I continue sailing.  It’s human nature to yearn for freedom, and I’m human. When I go sailing, I feel free and can do whatever I want to do. Whether that entails sailing straight into the horizon or heeling is...

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Shop New York!

Where do hip girls ages 12-18 shop when they get to New York City? Well, they usally avoid the stores that are in the malls back home. Here are some of our favorite stores with location information. It's really easy to get around NY, especially if your mom gives you cab fare, and you can go online and see that many of them have more than one branch. When we go on vacation and have a chance...

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Winter Revelation

One of the most challenging and rewarding moments emerged the winter I went to Williams, Arizona with my church. It allowed me to get an indepth view, at my past, my future and the people that will accompany me on that path. It was a situation where the timing just seemed completely perfect and the experience reflected it. When I first realized that I was going to have to spend time with...

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Let’s Go To…

Check out these wacky town names in the United States that I read about in an article from an airline magazine. I so don't want to go to any of these places if I don't have to.The weird names include: Zip City, AL and Gas City, IN; False Pass, AK; Toad Suck, AR; Cabbage Patch, CA; Hygiene, CO; Two Egg, FL; and of course, Youth, GA.I wonder if Correctionville (IA)...

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Traveling with Parents

Traveling with parents is a conundrum. Travel is an escape. Parents??? Usually a lockdown for teens, but the fact of the matter is, traveling with parents is really worth it. Why you may ask? Well, because you get to see and do so much, even if it's with mom and dad.  From my experience, my father knows a lot about various places. To go somewhere with him brings you more...

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Quebec City’s Winter Carnaval

Ever since 3rd grade I have wanted to go on this school trip to Québec City, Canada. In 5th grade in 1997, it was so cool to be able to go on such an awesome trip with my friends, I couldn't resist. Ever since 3rd grade I have wanted to go on this school trip to Québec City, Canada. In 5th grade in 1997, it was so cool to be able to go on such an awesome trip with my friends, I couldn't...

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Teens Love New York: 4 Friends Discover What’s Hot, What’s Not

The city that never sleeps is the perfect place for teens to visit. In August 2001, my sister and I and our friends, Angela and Regan, took the opportunity to check out some of the different places that would be fun to go.  What we saw then, remains fun for teens now.  Day One: Wax and Glam We started with Madame...

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Splish Splash

Splish Splash is a family water park in Riverhead, New York. Riverhead is in eastern Long Island within an hours drive of the beaches known as the Hamptons. My grandparents live near there so it's fun to visit them because we get to go for the day. Splish Splash was voted one of the top five water parks in the U.S. by the Travel Channel. In 2003, when I went, it was also voted the number...

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