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  • Why You Should Vacation With Your Grandkids
    06-13-2016
      Take them places their parents wouldn't and leave their folks behind In the past 12 years, I have taken one or more of my six grandchildren on 25 trips, mostly adventure trips — river rafting, bicycling, rock climbing, camping, a dinosaur dig — in the U.S. but also internationally. Today, I am making my list and checkin’ it twice. Santa Claus is coming to town with gifts of grand...
    Get On Your Flight Attendant's Good Side
    12-11-2015
    These small tweaks are easy and particularly remarkable when you consider everything that flight attendants juggle on a daily basis -- from helping people board to dealing with jet lag. ...
    Here’s to 4 Under-the-Radar U.S. Wine Regions
    12-08-2015
    Discover these lesser-known gems that are well worth a visit When it comes to wine country in America, Napa and Sonoma get all the attention. While both destinations deserve their reputations as premier U.S. regions, there are wonderful lesser-known locales where grape-laden vines dot the landscape, glasses of award-winning wines are poured in tasting rooms and festivals offer the opportunity to ...
    Want To Be A Better Runner? Try Walking
    12-08-2015
    Ever since I started running, I've been subjected to what I'd call "pace shaming." It leaves me with a nagging feeling that I'm doing something wrong when I slow to take a walk break. Sometimes it's thanks to the glares of advanced runners who look down on my slow pace along Central Park's jogging paths. Or sometimes it's even internal -- a tiny voice in my head telling me I can do "better." ...
    Rhythmic Skills Have Implications for Language Ability
    10-03-2015
    Rhythm memory, beat tapping may be separate skills Tapping to a beat and remembering rhythms may not be related skills, which may also have implications for language ability, according to a study published September 16, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Adam Tierney and Nina Kraus from Northwestern University. ...
    Art Can Cure Creative Hunger At Any Age
    10-02-2015
    Artist Camille Holvoet is talking about Coca-Cola. "All the caffeine in the Coke," she says, "it makes me break things. I want Coke to be improved, like put no caffeine and put in a lemon slice. And Dr. Pepper -- I wish they would put more tartness into those dark drinks."  Holvoet, now 63 years old, is an artist at San Francisco-based studio Creativity Explored, a space for artists with dev...
    You Don't Have To Destroy A Book To Love It: A Plea To Readers
    10-01-2015
    Stop dog-earing and breaking the spines of your books and treat them like you'd like to be treated. When I was in third grade, my teacher instituted a Mini Economy in our classroom, and I started a library, planning to exploit my enormous collection of Misty of Chincoteague and American Girl books. When the first due date arrived, I realized my mistake: One of my favorite books had been returned ...
    Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Vacation
    09-15-2015
    Many Americans resist taking time off, but that needs to change Vacations are restorative. A periodic break from jobs and the stresses of everyday routines allows time for reflection, relaxation and a change of perspective. Vacations offer opportunities to strengthen bonds with family and friends and have been shown to enhance work productivity. ...
    How to Find an Old Friend
    09-15-2015
    Practical guide for locating a pal from your past Where do you begin to look for someone you haven't seen in 10, 20, maybe 50 years? Where do you start when all you have is a name and a face in a high school yearbook and no mutual friends? ...
    8 Top Spiritual Sites in America
    08-10-2015
    Refresh your soul at these sacred destinations From Wild to Eat, Pray, Love, spiritual journeys have been on the pop culture radar. But people have been making treks to holy sites for millennia — in fact, these types of locations are probably the oldest form of tourism. Spiritual journeys differ from ordinary vacations in that they’re meant to nourish the soul and help us reflect on what’s...
    Traveling Alone at Midlife
    08-10-2015
    What you learn about yourself while on a solo trip Several months ago I had to travel to Lucca, Italy for work. Seeing that my airfare was taken care of, I was getting paid for what I was doing and I didn’t have to be anywhere “in person” for the following week, I decided to spend several days after the conference in nearby Florence. Yes, I decided to take a vacation in a foreign country by...
    3 Ways to Slash Vacation Costs
    07-03-2015
      Land or by sea, these ideas make long trips more affordable Vacations of any length can be expensive, especially the long trips we want to take as our work and caregiving responsibilities taper off. Yet, retirees and those approaching retirement can’t risk exhausting their savings to indulge their wanderlust. ...
    Camp Isn’t Just for Kids: 5 for Grown-Ups
    07-03-2015
    These getaways let you build skills in a fun setting Did you love summer camp as a child? The sing-alongs. The campfires. And how can you top the camaraderie of being with peers 24/7? ...
    10 Benefits for Entrepreneurs Who Make Time for Silence and Solitude
    06-09-2015
      Technology has saturated our world, with more devices than ever, entrepreneurs are finding it impossible to get unplugged. They say Smartphone users check their device every 6.5 minutes, which works out to around 150 times a day. For all the benefits of constant connectivity, we’ve also created a monster, with an epidemic of addictions to phones, social media and Internet. ...
    Digital Detox: 8 Places to Unplug and Unwind
    05-08-2015
    Seeking a getaway from electronics? Check out these vacation spots. At the tech-savvy Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, guests can check-in digitally at the airport. But once they arrive at the resort, they are challenged to leave their smartphones at the front desk. In exchange, they receive a “Disconnect to Reconnect” list of 24 tech-free things to do — from exploring ...
    The 2 Cheapest Days Of The Week To Fly
    04-16-2015
      Flexibility with your flight itinerary could save you some cash; that's because some days are cheaper for flying than others. There are three days specifically that are cheapest for air passengers. Those days are likely to yield the best rates for departures and arrivals, but remember: This isn't an exact science.  ...
    Best Travel Deals and Destinations for 2015
    02-07-2015
      Tourist tips from the experts at The New York Times Travel Show Even if the Blizzard of 2015 turned out to be more of a Snor’easter than a Nor’easter (though not in New England), this time of year has many of us dreaming about soothing, intriguing places to travel. ...
    James Brown, Vietnam and Race
    11-03-2014
    The Godfather of Soul did a good turn for his country by touring for troops While critics debate what’s good and bad about the recently-released James Brown biopic, Get on Up, they’re missing something that those of us who grew up with Mr. Dynamite in the 1960s know better than most. ...
    HelloTel Is Like Tinder, But For Hotels
    11-02-2014
    By now, you might've heard of Tinder, that dating app where, in about three seconds, you can choose your future uh -- soulmate (or simply swipe them away). Well, now there's a new dating app on the market -- it's kind of like Tinder, but for hotels. Say hi to HelloTel!  The app doesn't quite offer the romance options that Tinder does -- HelloTel is more for socializing during your stay in a ...
    How Much Is Your Childhood Memorabilia Worth?
    10-30-2014
    If you have collectibles, like a G.I. Joe from the '60s or a Superman lunchbox from the '50s, in your attic, you might be sitting on a treasure The buzz about this Friday’s big-screen opening of The Avengers has sent prices rocketing for classic superhero comic books. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a copy of the 1963 comic book in which Iron Man made his debut just sold for a record $375,...
    5 Tips to Find Meaning and Purpose in Later Life
    10-30-2014
    How to program your internal GPS in retirement Throughout my middle years, I never questioned what held meaning in my life. The scaffolding of my identity as a successful college Chief Financial Officer and owner of a thriving software company was built into the job. What I did was who I was, and that was the end of it. ...
    Scientific Proof that You Need a Vacation Right Now
    10-01-2014
    It's a fact now that most American workers aren't taking any vacations. Last week we reported that about 40 percent of Americans don't plan on using all of their paid time off this year. And you're probably one of them. You hoard up your precious vacation days and keep saying you'll use them, but something gets in the way. Maybe it's your workload, or, maybe, like others, you're totally scared tha...
    Musical Training 'Can Improve Language and Reading'
    10-01-2014
     Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can help disadvantaged children improve their reading skills, US research suggests. After a year of music lessons, the reading scores of nine and 10-year-olds held steady compared to a dip seen in those who were not taught any music. Another group of musically-trained children were found to be better at processing sounds and language. ...
    Who Wouldn’t Want To Go To A Place Called Happy Island?
    09-30-2014
      Peace out, Disneyland -- this is the new happiest place on Earth. About 10 years ago, a kindly man named Janti built up this island from discarded conch shells that were piling up just off Union Island in the Grenadines. He plopped a bar, some solar panels and a few palm trees on the spot and named it Happy Island -- it's now pretty much the happiest little isle in the whole Caribbean. ...
    How to Buy Good Wine at Cheap Prices
    08-27-2014
    Use our helpful tips to find excellent wine at a reasonable cost We love our glass of wine, but when it comes to buying it, we either pick one brand and varietal and stick with it forever — or get completely confused at the store and choose based on price. No more! Follow these experts' tips and you'll be more in command of your wine choices. You'll also be more apt to try new wines and find on...