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Lois Alter Mark is the founder of MidlifeAtTheOasis.com. She won BlogHer Voices of the Year "People's Choice" Awards in 2012 and 2013 and was selected, out of 100,000 applicants, to accompany Oprah Winfrey to Australia as one of 150 Ultimate Viewers. She is the Flicks for Kids Editor at NickJr.com and the author of “Wonderplay,” the bestselling parent/child activity book written in conjunction with New York City’s 92nd Street Y. She was also selected as a Shot@Life Champion.

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Vive Le Food Tour Paris!

(51) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 11:33 AM

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When in France, you'd be crazy not to take advantage of every opportunity to indulge in the world-renowned food. So, on our recent trip, we basically ate our way through the country.

I've already introduced you to the new generation of...

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In the Galley of the Viking Delling With Chef Jevgeni Passenko

(41) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 1:07 PM

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One of the reasons cruises are so popular is because of the ever-present food. It's pretty much all-you-can-eat and, on a luxury cruise line, it rivals that of a top restaurant.

My husband and I have gone on four ocean cruises, and...

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Arnaud Davin Leads a New Generation of French Chefs at Renaissance Aix-en-Provence

(48) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:44 AM

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My husband and I recently spent a couple of nights in Aix-en-Provence before our Viking River Cruise through the South of France and, boy, are we glad we did. Not only is Aix-en-Provence one of the most charming cities we visited, but it's...

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5 Books to Take on Vacation

(48) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 4:29 PM

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One of the things I love most about going on vacation is having the luxury to just sit and read. It can be stressful choosing the right books, though, because there's nothing worse than having time, scenery and a comfy lounge chair...

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Where in the World Are My Bags?

(46) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:03 PM

My husband and I landed in San Diego late Saturday night. Our luggage, though, apparently wasn't ready to come home and remained in Paris.

This is a story about the worst part of travel -- the actual traveling -- and how nothing can bring your vacation to a shrieking halt...

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10 Must-read Books for Spring

(30) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:26 AM

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I've been reading a ton lately, which makes me happy since I remember what it was like to go through that awful "can't read" period. Despite a ridiculous schedule, I've carved out time to read every day and it's made me...

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Talking Tapas With Chef Chris Garasic of Zinc at Shade

(35) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:17 AM

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As transplanted New Yorkers living in Southern California, we never thought we'd find happy hour food in Manhattan Beach to rival that of our favorite hang-outs in Manhattan.

Yet, last weekend, during a stay at the luxury boutique hotel, Shade, we found ourselves...

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Pop Music Marries Ballet in the Alberta Ballet Company's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

(52) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:21 PM

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I admit I've never been a big fan of ballet. I really didn't understand how dance could tell a story so, although I admired the dancers' talent and flexibility, I just wasn't touched on an emotional level.

But...

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Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs Creating Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

(53) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:56 PM

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Don DiCostanzo and Terry Sherry never expected to end up transforming the bicycle industry when they bought their first electric bikes nine years ago.

"All I wanted was to be able to ride a bike again," says DiCostanzo. "I lived at the top...

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A Monster of a Burger at LA's BLVD 16

(60) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:13 AM

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On a recent dinner out at BLVD 16, the trendy restaurant/lounge in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles, I ordered their signature burger. Yes, despite the fact that I was eating with my husband and daughter, both of whom are vegetarians, I...

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Jessica Fellowes Goes Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey

(42) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 4:09 PM

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As Downton Abbey finally returns to PBS, I reached out to Jessica Fellowes, author of three juicy coffee table books about the award-winning series and niece to show creator Julian Fellowes, to get the inside scoop about the new season.

I...

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Anna Quindlen on Reading, Writing and Real Life

(43) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 1:54 PM

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Anna Quindlen has been a huge influence on my life. Her "Life in the 30s" column in The New York Times was my bible when my kids were little and I've read every one of her books, columns and essays.

Luckily, she's...

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How A Bike Opened Up The World For One Middle-Aged Couple

(53) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 6:27 AM

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Last summer, at the age of 57, Cathy Rogers and her 59-year-old husband, Paul, rode their bikes 3,300 miles from Washington State to Washington, D.C. as part of the Big Ride Across America. The ride took 50 days and covered 85...

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Exploring the Culinary Northwest With Michael Stanton, Executive Chef of The Heathman Restaurant

(51) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:34 PM

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On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, my daughter and I ate dinner at The Heathman Restaurant. From the roasted figs with smoked feta cheese to the scallops with quail egg and cauliflower, this was a meal in which every course was full...

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Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato on Young Love and Kissing in the Rain in "The Best Of Me"

(59) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 7:51 AM

Get out the tissues. Nicholas Sparks' new movie, The Best Of Me, comes out Friday, and it's a signature story about first love and second chances.

Amanda and Dawson are high school sweethearts who are reunited, after being apart for 20 years. Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden play the...

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This Is Not Your Grandmother's Afternoon Tea

(55) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:40 AM

Afternoon tea is an age-old British tradition and, although it's always good, I felt it was pretty much the same almost everywhere I visited during a recent vacation in London.

And then I walked into the eye-popping candy-colored parlor at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, where the

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Robin Williams and the Under Toad

(53) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Since Robin Williams' tragic death this week, I can't stop thinking about the Under Toad.

If you're a fan of The World According to Garp, which Robin starred in back in 1978, you're probably feeling that same chill.

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How My Bucket List Changed As I Get Closer To Kicking It

(54) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:07 AM

I wrote my first bucket list when I was in my 20s. And it was really more of a wish list.

I wanted to visit all 50 states. All seven continents. All seven Wonders of the World.

I had my whole life ahead of me, and these were things...

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How I Endured The Perfect Storm Of Life Stages

(27) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:45 AM

I never thought of myself as someone who defined herself by her children. Whose life was so closely intertwined with theirs that I would feel lost once they left home.

But apparently I am.

I have always worked, even when my kids were little, but they were usually close by....

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Farm to Table With Chaminade Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza

(22) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:41 PM

I stayed at the beautiful Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, Calif., last week and was disappointed to discover I was missing the hotel's first Farm to Table Wine Dinner of the season by just one day.

Farm to table has become a popular concept over the past few...

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