Marjolyn Varano

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Sandy Hook spotlights mental health

In the anguished days following the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama called for a renewed national focus on mental health.<p>His plea went nowhere in Congress. But states from South Carolina to Oregon have taken up the challenge.<p>At least 37 states have increased …

The Airline Passenger Guide to Proper Etiquette

Air travel used to be a special occasion and people felt privileged to board an airplane. Even as a child I was always excited to fly and had (still …

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7 Most Outrageous Travel Fees and How to Prepare for Them

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>Some travel surprises are good: discovering a hidden gem of a trattoria in Florence where you are greeted with hugs and an open bottle of Chianti. Or finding out that the Louvre is free the one day you are in Paris. But then …

Facebook Users Can No Longer Hide From Search

There was a time when Facebook users could make themselves “unsearchable” by changing a privacy setting called “Who can search for me by name?” Their accounts would still be visible to people who clicked their names in a News Feed story or on a mutual friends’ timeline, but the random person who …

The Hyperrealistic Sculptures of Ron Mueck

London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, formerly a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, has been creating fine art sculptures since 1996. Using resin, fiberglass, silicone, and many other materials, Mueck constructs hyperrealistic likenesses of human beings, while playing with …

6 Ways to Never Pay Baggage Fees

(photo: Scottevest)<p>The busy holiday travel season will soon be upon us, which means crowded airports, higher airfares and -- if you're not careful -- hefty baggage fees. Traveling light when you have kids in tow can be challenging, but not impossible if you have the right gear and a streamlined …

Non-Beach Hawaii Activities: Yep, They Exist And They Are Awesome

With 75 degree water temperatures, year-round surf and some of the most vibrant sea life in the world, it would be easy to never leave the ocean on a trip to Hawaii. But that would be a grave mistake, as some of the most beautiful and adventurous activities on the islands are inland. Here are six …

5 Hilarious Books To Keep You (And Your Guests) Entertained

These books aren’t the latest in the world of literature, but they do carry a great amount of humor and wittiness that will keep you amused on any …

Books

Parenting in 2013: Going on Your Kid's Job Interview, Killing Bedtime Stories

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Today's parents aren't like the men and women who raised them. Case in point: a disturbing survey …

Hired Hog Trapper Has Three Years To Clean Out Dallas

Texas has a pig problem.<p>Wild hogs have overrun the state so rapidly that in 2011, Texas allowed them to be hunted all year round. The feral hog epidemic even spawned a reality show called <i>Aporkalypse Now</i>, following Ted Nugent as he shoots hogs from a helicopter.<p>Aporkalypse Now 2012 Trailer<p>But what …

Cuba-to-Florida swimmer: 'You're never too old'

35 years after first trying, Diana Nyad completes Cuba-Florida swim, braving treacherous currents<p>Senior swimmer Diana Nyad stepped onto dry sand in Key West on Monday after swimming more than 100 miles through treacherous waters from Cuba, at last achieving a goal she has pursued for 35 …

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I Heart My City: Emilio’s Amsterdam

<b>Emilio Brizzi</b> has been a professional photographer most of his life, and one of his favorite subjects is the city where he lives: Amsterdam. His love for the Dutch capital — from its detailed-oriented architecture and modern take on tradition and history to the laid-back independence of its …

European Travel

Overcoming India's Menstruation Taboo

One company is working to both help women understand how to use sanitary pads and to employ locals in the napkins' production.<p>Inside the dark and dingy room on the terrace of a house in Tirupur, Coimbatore--the textile hub in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India -- six women are hard at work. …

5 most absurd, self-pitying gripes of the Christian right

No, they’re not oppressed<p>To hear activists on the Christian right tell the story, the conservative Christian American — especially the male conservative Christian American — is the most oppressed, victimized person in the country, and perhaps in the history of the world. It’s all utterly …

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

Upping the Weird Factor: The World's 10 Wackiest Hostels - Vagabondish

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean your accommodation options need be stock-standard. If anything, cheap backpacker haunts can oftentimes prove far …

Outdoors

Only in Chicago: The Top Five Things You Can't Find Anywhere Else

Some vacationers look for Marriotts and McDonald's, anything to uphold the status quo. Not me. I blaze into a city, a country, a destination looking for one-of-a-kind rarities, attractions I will likely have but one opportunity to see.<p>Chicago, notorious for its architecture including the world's …

Jamaica's top 10 travel experiences

Jamaica’s lovely landscape – with its crystalline waters, lush banana groves, and sheer mountains – combined with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica an ideal destination for those looking for stunning scenery and a big dose of local culture. Pack your bag and head down to this …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

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