Archive for the ‘MIND&HEART’ Category

Our Secret Garden

Our Secret Garden
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. MY FAMILY used to have our own version of a secret garden, though it is much bigger than a garden. We live down the road from a state park. It’s not large compared to a lot of state parks in the US, but it has some beautiful...
January 17th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A Cruiser’s Christmas

A Cruiser’s Christmas
By staff writer Vicki Lathom. Photos Copyright © Vicki Lathom. TEMPERATURES IN THE mid-70s, a tropical breeze and palm trees seem to be an unlikely combination to celebrate a traditional Christmas. But it works for cruisers hanging out in the Bahamas for the winter at Abaco Boat Harbour. Around December,...
December 24th, 2011 | Boating, CHARACTERS, ISLANDS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF | Read More

How a Former East Coaster Survives the Christmas Holidays in a Tropical Climate

How a Former East Coaster Survives the Christmas Holidays in a Tropical Climate
By guest blogger Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. BEING AN EAST COAST (outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) transplant living on the West Coast (Carlsbad, California) can be a real bummer during the Christmas holiday season. White sandy beaches are definitely not the same as a sea of...
December 20th, 2011 | GUEST BLOGGERS, MEMORIES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Memories of Christmas Past in Canada’s North

Memories of Christmas Past in Canada’s North
Story by staff writer Lisa Carter. Photos © Jon Lee, Gail Leonardis & Raymond McEwen. Feature photo © Jon Lee. WHEN I THINK about Christmas as a child in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, north of the 60th parallel in Canada’s Arctic, I actually think of warmth more than cold. Certainly...
December 17th, 2011 | CANADA, DINING, MEMORIES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF | Read More

ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, South Carolina

ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Story by guest blogger Terri Harper. Photos Copyright © Terri Harper. SANTA ARRIVED IN ChristmasVille at Glencairn Garden, Rock Hill, South Carolina on an adorable modern-day sleigh loaded with presents. It was a perfect southern December day for children to hear A Story With Santa in the Garden. Santa...
December 15th, 2011 | GARDENS & PARKS, GUEST BLOGGERS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Christmas in Rome – and Panettone Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Christmas in Rome – and Panettone Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Story by staff writer Ann McElfresh. Photos Copyright © Ann McElfresh. TOM AND I were lucky enough to live in Sicily when we were young . . . seems like a lifetime ago, yet we remember it as if it were yesterday. One of the things we hoped to cross off our “bucket list” was to spend Christmas in...
December 12th, 2011 | DINING, EUROPE, Historic/Museums, MEMORIES, OUR FOODIE, STAFF | Read More

Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill, Youngstown, Ohio

Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill, Youngstown, Ohio
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams. LANTERMAN’S MILL is located inside of Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown, Ohio only a few minutes drive from our house. Brian and I met up with our friends Ron and Joanne of Yellow Creek Theater (see Movies Under the Bridge) to enjoy...
December 8th, 2011 | Conservation, GARDENS & PARKS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More