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Jun 29,2007
Popeye, that diminutive, but aggressive, spinach-swilling comic character of our salad days is about to turn 80. But he is far from retired. A Popeye DVD is going to be released for the first time this month. So, grandma and grandpa, you may want to buy some of those original Popeye short films, dating back to 1933, being peddled by Warner Home Video. And the Official Popeye Fan Club, based in Chester, Ill., the hometown ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
Q: Unfortunately, our family will be moving in about six weeks to a new home about 1,000 miles from where we live now. It is a great understatement to say that this move is causing a lot of anxiety within our family. One of our biggest concerns now is how to handle our three dogs during and after the move. What can we do to prepare them for the move? None of our dogs have ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
For the passionate professional chef, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., is the World Series and Super Bowl rolled into one. Being invited to this Rocky Mountain culinary spectacle can be a ticket to fame and fortune - perhaps joining event stars such as Jacques Pepin, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali.   BRADFORD THOMPSON - Bradford Thompson, named by Food & Wine magazine as one of 10 Best New Chefs in 2004, ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
The clock is ticking. You have so many things to do and so little time to do it in. Fifteen minutes, to be exact. It is only a quarter of an hour, but a lot can happen in that period, sometimes something life-changing. What can you do in 15 minutes? We asked our readers that question and here is what they came up with. Janelle Hannum Schmidt of Canton, Ohio, quotes Mark Twain as part ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
HERSHEY, Pa. - As you approach the intersection of Cocoa and Chocolate Avenues, your nostrils are filled with the smell of chocolate. The smell is so enveloping that you'd swear you could actually taste the sweet stuff.   WELCOME KISS - A Kiss and three big smiles greet visitors at Hershey's Chocolate World, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Milton Hershey. CNS Photo by Marilyn Zeitlin.    KISSES CAST IN STONE - Hershey's Kisses in stone ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
This is how the dream golf trip in Ireland began: Thirty hours removed from my bed in California and feeling a bit fuzzy after little sleep on the flight, I arrived at Lahinch Golf Club on Ireland's southwest coast on a sunny and warm September afternoon, the week before the country's first visit to the grand golf stage known as the Ryder Cup Matches.   PLAYIN' ON THE GREEN - Old Head sits 300 feet above ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
Travelers who remain undecided about their vacation plans this summer can take heart. Robin Pope Safaris in South Luangwa, Zambia, still have spaces available for a limited number of 10-day walking safaris over the next few months. After the first two nights at Nkwali Camp, guests drive up the spine of the South Luangwa National Park to the remote wilderness of the Mupamadzi River, a tributary of the Luangwa River. The next five days they ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
Q: I am widowed, don't know much about the stock market, and my broker is retiring. He has increased the value of my account but not by much. I want to increase its value because of one child's long-term needs. I have met the new assigned broker. Considering the current yo-yo stock market and his age and experience, I am not comfortable. What should I do? A: Today's worldwide financial competition and instant information availability ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2007
Perhaps, Kate and I are on the cutting edge of a new demographic trend - abandoning the countryside for a return to the big city. A while back, we wrote a column announcing that we were tossing in our quiet retirement paradise in the Maryland mountains after five years and returning to the big city, Washington. That move was not greeted with acclaim by friends at either location. In fact, you could say the reaction ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
As a young man, I was drawn to the kayak-cascading white water rivers of the West by the adrenaline rush of big rapids, then seduced by the cathedral-like beauty of the canyons.   FAMILY FUN ON THE RIVER - River trips have evolved into family affairs. The experience of navigating rapids and heart-pounding drops goes along with campfires and nature hikes. CNS Photo courtesy of OARS.    MAKING MEMORIES - Many people roam the rivers for the excitement ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
QUEBEC CITY - Donned in 17th and 18th century attire and colorfully corseted with an abundance of crinolines, three giddy ladies pass through the cobblestone streets nervously flickering their fans. An aroma of roasted pig and herbs fills the air, as a young lad recites Shakespearean verse amid the medieval music of flutes and harpsichords in the background. The clicking sounds of the horse-drawn carriage had just diverted my attention, as I tried to absorb ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The one-week cruise on the 105-passenger Andrea, an intimate Croatian expedition ship that gently touches the nooks and crannies of the world, including the waters of icy Antarctic, had more salty stories to tell than Capt. Ahab, and was joyfully overflowing with a surprising mix of time trickery and magical South Atlantic Brazilian voodoo.   SMALL SHIP, BIG FUN - The Andrea, a small, 105-passenger expedition ship based in Croatia, can explore ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
Joe Ginger of Canton, Ill., has sparked interest in adults and children alike by teaching a class on the how-to's of solving the infamous Rubik's cube.   RUBIK'S RULES - Teacher Joe Ginger looks on as student Jessica Calhoun shrieks in excitement after Ginger shows her the final step to solving her Rubik's Cube. Ginger teaches a class through the Canton Park District (Illinois) on the cube, with has regained popularity since it arrived in the ... [full story]
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