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Star Wars Day: Top 5 Spots to Geek-Out in California on May the Fourth

by Eli Ellison. Posted May 2nd 2014 03:55 PM
Star Wars Day. Star Wars Show at Disneyland Amusement Park in California USA
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Dig the lightsaber out of the closet and brush up on your Yoda-ese: Star Wars Day is this Sunday, May 4 -- as in "May the fourth be with you." Around the world, Rebel scum and Vader disciples alike will gather for Star Wars costume parties and movie-watching marathons. How anyone could sit through The Phantom Menace again though is a mystery. And in a pre-holiday announcement poor Mark Hamill has been awaiting since 1983, the cast of J.J. Abrams' upcoming Episode VII film has been revealed.
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Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Tips from a Washington, DC Insider

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 19th 2014 11:14 AM
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C.'s most popular annual event has zip to do with politics and everything to do with celebrating the awesomeness of these special trees. The 1912 gift of the original Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo sparked both a friendship between those two capital cities and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year runs March 20 to April 13. Trees bloom for about 10 days, but activities of every description take place throughout.


To get the most out of your visit, follow these best-of-the-fest tips.
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Newlyweds' Drunken Squabble Causes Airplane To Make Emergency Landing

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 11th 2014 01:29 PM
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Delta Air Lines Flight 901 from Atlanta to Costa Rica made an emergency landing on Grand Cayman island Sunday night after a drunk groom kicked off his honeymoon by getting into a tiff with his new wife.
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Love Your Pet Day: 4 Hotels Across the U.S. to Pamper Your Pooch

by Susan Barnes. Posted Feb 20th 2014 09:30 AM
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AlamyTake Love Your Pet Day to the next level at one of these four hotels.
Love Your Pet Day is today. Feb. 20. Of course, if you really do love your pet, you probably knew that.

According to a May 2013 U.S. News & World Report article, Americans spend more than $60 billion annually on their four-legged family members. It comes as no surprise, then, that traveling with pets is rising –- and hotels are responding by offering pet amenities to make their four-legged guests feel welcome, too. Be it Love Your Pet Day or any other day, these four American hotels take dotting on your doggie to the next level.
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44 Real-World Disney Movie Settings Mapped

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 10th 2014 11:24 AM
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Looking to take your Disney fanaticism beyond Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruises? This map shows the real-world settings for 44 Disney films.
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Travel Tip: London's Tate Modern Is Not a Kids' Playground (Yes, it Does Need to be Said)

by Zach Everson. Posted Jan 28th 2014 01:51 PM
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Untitled (1980) by Donald Judd is a sculpture owned by London's Tate Modern. Similar works by the American minimalist artist fetched around $3 million in 2006, according to Gawker. And while, functionally, Untitled could serve as a decent kids' jungle gym, with that location and price point, it probably shouldn't be. Alas...
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When Santa Rinpoche Came to Town

by Lavinia Spalding. Posted Dec 20th 2013 10:30 AM
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When I was young, I was a stickler for Christmas traditions. If my father forgot to wear the Santa Claus hat, I pouted. If we didn't watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," I cried. If hot cocoa wasn't served with breakfast, I was capable of a four-star conniption. Dinner was roast goose or Yorkshire pudding -- any substitutions and I about lost my mind.

By all accounts, I wasn't actually a difficult child, but when I was 10 we moved from New Hampshire to Arizona, and I didn't adjust well. I missed our farmhouse and my friends, and I clung to these annual rituals because they made our new house feel like a home. And then I continued clinging, for 20 more years, until the Christmas I learned to let go.
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Christmas in Cappadocia

by Sean McLachlan. Posted Dec 20th 2013 10:30 AM
Winter - Cappadocia, Turkey
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I used to hate Christmas.

Christmas was not a happy time in the McLachlan household. A holiday that emphasized the joys of family did not go over well with a group of people who couldn't stand each other. Gifts were grudgingly given and indifferently received. The turkey was consumed in edgy silence. The worst of it all was that everyone was expected to paste on smiles and pretend they were having a great time.

That all changed when I spent my first Christmas away from home, in 1993. I had just started a year crossing Asia, and mid-December found me in Cappadocia, Turkey.
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Home for the Holidays: A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to Connecticut

by Don George. Posted Nov 27th 2013 08:00 AM
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In my family, as in many families around the U.S., Thanksgiving has always been a day to gather with loved ones and celebrate family and home. So when I moved from Connecticut and began to raise a family in California three decades ago, my parents would often cross the country to celebrate the holiday with us. Eight years ago, when this trip became too difficult for them, I reversed the route to celebrate with them in Connecticut.
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Home for the Holidays: The Great Belgian Pumpkin Pie Massacre

by Kimberley Lovato. Posted Nov 27th 2013 08:00 AM
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As a single working mother of twins in the '70s, my mother planned meals based on available coupons and recipes that had no more than four steps; if they could be prepared in fewer -- freezer to microwave to table -- that was even better. Thanksgiving dinner was no exception.
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