Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Cherries on a cherry tree

We know life isn't always a bowl of cherries, despite how much we'd like it to be, unless of course you happen to be visiting Door County, Wisconsin. Aside from abundant cherry farms and roadside stands where you can pick up pints of fresh cherries, jams, cherry pie and even cheese with chunks of cherries in it, Door […]

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Laughs Across America

American Road

Filmmaker John Waters has made a career as the Prince of Perversion; however, I have always found his movies rather wholesome in their own way. Unfortunately, investment in independent directors like Waters has gone the way of the real estate boom. This means that Waters has had to come up with other ways of funding his films. Role Models (2010) is […]

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Grand Canyon or Bust!

Grand Canyon daisy
Source: Moyan_Brenn

My family and I drove the 3,200 miles to the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona and back in eight days. Almost four days were spent in a rented Chevy SUV because we wanted to see the West from a car window. We planned our trip using the Chicago Public Library's rich collection of Southwest U.S. travel books such […]

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Around the World in 80 Books


Sure, I guess there's no place like home, but this is the time of year when I'm usually planning my next escape. Travel is an essential part of my life and, unfortunately, getting out of town isn't always easy to do. What I love most about reading (and I'm sure you can relate) is that amazing stories can take me to […]

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People get restless. They want to shake the dust off their shoes, go to exotic places, talk to different people and do different things. They also like to hurt themselves trying to climb stuff. Personally, I'm fine just reading about it, but if you're the adventurous type, maybe these books will inspire you. Hidden Cities chronicles […]

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The Real Ireland

Book of Kells

The St. Patrick's Day parade coming up serves as a reminder of the lovely trip I took to the Emerald Isle two years ago. I'd rather spend the day learning about the history of the event than going on a pub crawl in a sea of green, but that's just me. One of my favorite […]

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Women Who Solo…Travel.

Wanderlust Angie, Flickr Commons

"On my 10th birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders." —Dervla Murphy Long before Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed […]

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