September 18, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Family visits are coming up, and I'm sure my relatives will be asking us to join them on next year's summer vacation. How do I, in a most polite way, tell them I can't imagine spending a vacation with them? We are with them during the holidays because they are family. But to use hard-earned money and vacation time with them is out of the question. Any good white lies you have for this situation? Answer: Probably, but why lie when you can just think about it now and come up with your summer plans?
August 23, 2015 |
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Luke Feltmann, 7, was having a good week. There the Bergen County boy was, staying at a rental house in Avalon with his extended family, playing with his cousins, splashing in the pool and surf. On top of all that, he cashed in big time with the Tooth Fairy - seven bucks. But then he fell into the dreaded Owie Zone: He awoke in the middle of the night with an earache, a long way from his home doctor. What to do? His mother, Laurie, got on Google. The next morning, Luke and his parents were at Cape Regional Urgent Care in Cape May Court House, being seen by a friendly doctor even though Luke still looked miserable.
August 22, 2015 |
Question: This year, I will be spending all of my vacation time (and money) on traveling for or with my boyfriend's family. I understand that I do this voluntarily, but in a very real sense, it is also somewhat compulsory because that's what couples do, and because his mother says, "You will be joining us for Christmas, right?" So my boyfriend and I talked about taking a brief, private trip for New Year's after being with his family for a week. Well, after meeting his mother for dinner last night, he came home and said, "My mother said 'no' to our New Year's trip.
August 16, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: For several years, I've taken a vacation in the spring with three other women, to various cities in Europe. We're Internet friends who met through a hobby; none of us lives in the same town. I found out that this spring's vacation has been planned, and I'm not invited. I emailed the woman I feel closest to, and she said it was because I was worried about money right now, which is true, but not really an answer.
August 15, 2015 |
Plant some fall vegetables. Last week, we talked about cooling the soil. Now, it's time to do some last-minute summer planting. Select seeds for short-season, cold-tolerant plants, like beets or carrots that need less than 60 days to mature. They will need even more time, sometimes as much as two weeks more, to get to eating size as the days get shorter and cooler. (I promise you they will - both the carrots and the days.) Once the seeds sprout, provide a little protection by using row cover or shade cloth.
August 2, 2015 |
FREEPORT, Maine - Vacation runs can be astounding: bounding up a mountain in North Carolina; majestic strides taken next to the Pacific Ocean in California at sunrise; picking through the rocks and tree roots in a forest in Nova Scotia - but getting to the finish nonetheless. And then other times, vacation runs are plodding along on the shoulder of a two-lane highway hoping that a truck driver won't nod off and make you roadkill. The first leg of my summer vacation took me to Nova Scotia; the second took me to Maine.
July 30, 2015 |
CHEVY CHASE and Beverly D'Angelo never swam in a pool of human excrement. That's one of the bigger differences between "Vacation" and its antecedent, the beloved " National Lampoon 's Vacation," featuring Chase as a dad who, during a particularly disastrous journey, becomes obsessed with taking his family to the theme park Walley World. Now one of those kids, Russ (Ed Helms, of "The Hangover"), has the same plan: A family road trip to the storied theme park that will bond his constantly fighting children and save his staid marriage to Debbie (Christina Applegate)
July 17, 2015
LIKE MANY rental-car customers, my husband and I declined the expensive insurance offered at the counter. We knew we were covered through our auto-insurance carrier. Additionally, the credit card we use covers rental cars. In my mind, if we did get into an accident, I would just use the coverage offered by the credit-card company. But during our recent vacation, we came out one morning to climb into our Town and Country minivan and found that the bumper had been hit. Or so we thought.
June 19, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court ruling vacating the death sentence of convicted cop-killer Edward Bracey and ordering him to serve life in prison without parole. The state's high court ruled, 4-1, that Bracey may not be executed for the 1991 shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle because he is "intellectually disabled" and the U.S. Supreme Court barred such executions in 2002 in Atkins v. Virginia. First Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann said Wednesday that it was "very unlikely" his office would appeal.
May 17, 2015 |
An Appalachian vacation by trail and error ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The vacation wasn't going as planned. On Sunday, I drove to Asheville, N.C. and booked myself into a nice resort. The goal, aside from relaxing after finishing my next book, was to run a trail every day. Then instead of taking highways the entire way back home, I'd navigate the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile ribbon of road on top of the southern Appalachians between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Shenandoah, from start to finish.