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Film Blue: A Stunning Work of Sociological Fiction and a Must-Read in Book Clubs and College Classes

As a child of the 80s, I hum Prince, Howard Jones, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran songs while I’m cooking, can instantly remember the smell of the ditto machine, pegged my jeans, wore Out of Africa-inspired outfits, devoured John Hughes movies, and couldn’t wait to get Back to the Future.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: The Wreck of the Verano

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Nov 12, 2022 / 0 comments

The approximate 6,000 ships that have succumbed to raging storms attest to the power of the Great Lakes. As I traveled, writing and compiling information for my three-volume travel series that explores Michigan's coasts, I heard or read the tales left behind by those ill-fated ships. They add a somber, but compelling backdrop to Michigan’s waterways.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: The Wreck of the Verano

Read This: Age of Atheria

This young adult post-apocalyptic fantasy novel is fantastic escapism—but escapism with depth and a message of hope. Have you sometimes wondered if another world exists? One that feels like returning to a home that we’ve never been to but somehow always felt existed? Jenny McClain Miller & Greg Miller have created that world with Atheria. 

Age of Atheria

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Choosing You (be where your feet are)

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Nov 07, 2022 / 0 comments

It’s arrived! That time of year where life feels like it’s full speed ahead and nonstop glitter-filled energy. The educational year is in its groove, every week there’s a game or a concert or a special event, and even taking a moment to find your own breath seemingly involves a calendar invitation. We’re officially in that final quarter of the year when resolution inklings creep in, ‘to do’ lists pile up, and many of us feel pulled in multiple directions. 

In these final months of the year, how do you tend to show up?

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The Best Places to Go for the Whole Family

Are you planning your next family holiday but don't know where to go? You can refer to this list of the best places to go for the whole family for some inspiration. As you know, the world is home to thousands of beautiful destinations geared towards families and deciding which ones to visit can be confusing. It can even be more challenging if your family members have different preferences. Don't fret—this list of places is guaranteed to delight everyone, kids included.

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Educational Adventures for Older Teenagers

For families with older teenagers, consider adding an educational component to your next family trip. Educational adventures will not only foster curiosity about different places, but your kids will also learn a thing or two about the world around them, broadening their perspectives in life. Read on for some suggestions on educational adventures for older teenagers.

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Read This: Escape Clauses — Getting Away With a Travel Writing Life

Wonder what it's like to be a travel writer? Luckily for all of us, Bob Payne has a new memoir about just that, entitled Escape Clauses — Getting Away With a Travel Writing Life. He shows (and tells) what a life of travel—and sharing about it—is like. 

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The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel

While each country offers unique adventures, some destinations seem to cater to the true adventurers. If you're looking for destinations offering ultimate adventures, refer to our list below. These destinations are guaranteed to satisfy your craving for thrilling experiences, whether you're into surfing, hiking, or white-water rafting. 

So, here are the ultimate destinations for adventure travel.

The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel

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Listen Up! Russ Hewitt's Chasing Horizons is a Musical Gift

EVERY time the extraordinary musician Russ Hewitt releases a new CD, I am overjoyed at the musical gift he has given the world. His latest CD, Chasing Horizons, is gorgeous, soulful, and utterly addicting. I think you will feel the same, too.

Listen Up! Russ Hewitt's Chasing Horizons is a Musical Gift

Travel with Awe and Wonder: Newfoundland Weather

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Oct 31, 2022 / 0 comments

This summer, my husband and I undertook a move. A relocation from Massachusetts to Arizona has been undertaken by others, no doubt. We decided to make things a little more interesting than a direct route. We headed north. Our circuitous route is winding us through Newfoundland, Portugal, and North Carolina. When one would think to take the southerly route from the Carolina’s to Arizona in the winter months, we will make Bugs Bunny’s famous right turn at Albuquerque to get to Bozeman, Montana. Then, we’ll drive to Arizona.