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The Post: Film About Katharine Graham, Unsure to Unstoppable

Recently, I saw The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film centers on a damning Vietnam War study and Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham’s most-difficult decision in 1971. At the beginning of the film, I was confused by

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Posted in Culture, Family, History, People, Technology, Travel, Uncategorized, USA, Writing

Contacts and Carry-Ons: What About Saline?

“Contact solution is considered medically necessary and allowed in containers in excess of 3.4oz.” (TSA – July 21, 2017) If you wear contact lenses and you’ve traveled by air, you’ve probably made a special trip to the store for contact-lens

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Posted in Consumer Life, Health, Travel

7 Things to Know About the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)

Recently, I streamed the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life episodes on Netflix and became intrigued when character Lorelai, single mother of grown daughter, Rory, decided to clear her head by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which would

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7 Things to Know About the Irish National Police, GARDA

The other day, a movie called, The Guard, bubbled up to the top of my Netflix DVD queue. It stars American Don Cheadle and Irishman Brendan Gleeson as a by-the-book FBI agent and an unconventional Irish policeman, respectively, who team up

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Posted in Entertainment, Travel, World Affairs

7 Things to Know About Visiting Newport Mansions

Last week, husband Jim and I went on a genealogy trip to Cranston, RI, and while we were there, we thought it would be a nice idea to pop over to Newport, where we spent part of our honeymoon “quite

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7 Tips That Might Help You Live to 100+

My husband, Jim DeDad, is quite the genealogist. He’s always following hints on, scrolling through old, imaged documents, and updating his Italian family tree. We even traveled to Italy a few years ago to walk the same narrow streets

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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Food, Health, History, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized

Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel: A Worthy Destination

Yesterday, after dinner with out-of-town guests, we visited the popular Presque Isle bayfront in downtown Erie, PA. Our guests hadn’t been here since Christmas, so we decided to show them the new Courtyard Erie Bayfront hotel, which is opening this week.

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Posted in Northwest PA, Travel

The Story of Waldameer’s First Ravine Flyer Roller Coaster

Waldameer’s First Ravine Flyer (Ravine Flyer I) When I was a kid, my mother told me that long, long ago, a roller coaster used to pass right over Peninsula Drive, in our hometown of Erie, PA. She said that a

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A Tour of the Mural Escadinhas São Cristóvão

In the heart of Lisbon, on the walls of age-old buildings lining a long set of stairs that lead from R. da Madalena to the Church of São Cristóvão, vivid graffiti complements an equally-vivid mural. The mural honors St. Christopher

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Posted in Culture, Entertainment, History, Music, Travel, World Affairs

7 Things US Visitors to Portugal Should Know

Portugal was never on my travel radar, however, when my husband texted me out of the blue last fall and asked if I’d like to go, I replied without question, “Sure!” So, I happily tagged along on his recent business trip

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Posted in Food, Travel, Vegan Life