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Cruises That Are Fun for the Young and Adventurous

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 8:22 PM

Once seen as the domain of older travelers and those with small children, cruise lines have made great strides in improving their offerings for singles.

Traditionally, traveling as a single has its own bag of complications. While most cruise lines offer single occupancy booking, there is usually an added...

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8 Sexy Cities to Travel With Your Girlfriends This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Planning your summer girlfriends getaway? Here's a roundup of sexy cities around the globe you should absolutely be adding to your list of consideration.

"For whatever sexy city you land on, you'll want to make sure that your immediate surroundings are equally so," says Roomkey.com's Stephany Verstraete. "Depending on how...

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream? Not So for Creatives Who Suffer From Insomnia

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:51 PM

It's often been said that insomnia and creativity goes hand in hand.

Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems (edited by Lisa Russ Spaar) is a collection of over eighty poems by famous poets and writers like Walt Whitman, Emily Bronté and Robert Frost, all inspired by sleepless nights. And novelist...

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4 (Beauty) Reasons Jared Leto Is Our Fantasy Boyfriend

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Dear Jared Leto,

Not to be creepy (or... too creepy) but we've been in love with you since roughly 1994.

When Angela was stalking Jordan, we thought about our own Jordans -- those mysterious, slightly older guys in our high school we never felt like we could have, but always...

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11 Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:33 AM

My assignments involve a great deal of travel -- usually every few weeks, often international. Several years into an increasingly busy travel and lifestyles writing career, I've managed to still avoid getting an international plan on my phone or paying roaming charges. I've survived with copious amounts of research and...

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Embracing the (Music) Spirit of the Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 10:54 PM

The holiday season is a time of mirth and merry for many of us, and depending on our personal circumstances, it just may take a little extra work to get into the ho-ho-holiday spirit.

The Christmas season is the time of year where humans are pretty much obligated to be...

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Now There's Absolutely No Excuse Not to Have Health Insurance

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 3:00 PM

I'm never one to tell people what to do, but I'm about to go on a bit of a soap box.

Everyone needs to have health insurance. If you don't have health insurance, you are essentially holding a gun to your own head and clicking through the barrels repeatedly, just...

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How Do We Know It's Time to Say Goodbye to a Friend?

(50) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Now that we're on the brink of December -- a month of endings and new beginnings in several respects -- I'm spending a lot of time reflecting on a year in many ways gone wrong.

It's a year I've known a distinct degree of heartbreak and devastation, and paramount in...

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True Confessions: Why I'm Staying Home on Black Friday This Year

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Some consider Black Friday the Olympics of shopping.

I disagree. In fact, I see it to be amateur hour. It is as much a sign of your shopping prowess as going to a party on New Year's Eve reflects your active social life.

Last week, I blogged about ways to...

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Easy Breezy Tips to Get Through Holiday Shopping Season (With Your Budget Intact)

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Growing up, perhaps the greatest holiday tradition was that of Black Friday shopping.
My mom and I would wake up at 5 am the day after Thanksgiving, packing up the car with snacks and coffee as we drove to the closest outlet center and honed in on the kill....

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Aren't We Over Kickstarter Yet?

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Once upon a time, I was way into the Kickstarter concept.

I'm all about supporting creativity. Independent artists and philanthropists with a dream finally had a way of making their dream happen -- and we, those who believed in their art, had a way to show our support.

Perhaps it...

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Halloween is over, but are we still wearing our masks?

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 9:03 AM

Last week, I spent Halloween in --by choice -- avoiding the neighborhood trick or treaters, watching old episodes of "The Tudors," and silently reflecting on the anatomy of the mask.

Halloween (and the surrounding festivities) are the only truly acceptable times (with the exception of Purim or Mardi Gras) to...

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The Anatomy of Friendship

(16) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 8:29 AM

When you are young, making friends feels effortless.

You fall into deeply intimate friendships with the girl who sits next to you in math class, your shift mate at the Dairy Queen. You don't really have to work at it, because there seems to always be people with common interests...

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Why Aren't We Kinder to One Another?

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:34 AM

Perhaps part of the reason I chose a vocation centered on situating myself behind a computer screen is that I've never been very good at confrontation.

Not too long ago, I wrote a blog post about my reactive tendencies -- I said that if someone treated me badly,...

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I Have a Career I Love -- Too Bad No One Understands It

(8) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:37 PM

The freelance lifestyle is always a dual-edged sword when it comes to communicating with friends and family -- even strangers.

Some are a touch wistful, others maybe a bit jealous -- and many others believe I altogether don't work at all.

Lets be fair: Many of our parents and friends...

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My So-Called Setback: Learning to "Do My Own Thing"

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 9:56 AM

Five years ago, I sat at my desk at a New York-based educational children's publisher and was dealt a blow I thought signified the end of livelihood as I knew it. Reading may be fundamental, but the children of the world were not reading - and my company could no...

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