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Taking a Break During the Holidays

The holidays are such a crazy, busy rush, I’ve never thought of taking even a short trip around this time. But I did take a few days to go to Branson this year and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.

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Following Dracula’s Footsteps

Since Bram Stoker’s novel was published in 1897, Count Dracula has fired the imaginations of just about everyone. He’s one of the most portrayed film characters, second only to Sherlock Holmes. Take a trip with me now as we revisit some of the places dear to this international traveler. Even if you can’t actually go there, it’s fun and interesting to read the guidebooks.

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Plan a Fall Vacation in Maine

Now that fall is almost upon us, my travel thoughts turn to the east coast where my father’s family is from. One of my fondest memories of visiting relatives back east is a camping trip to Maine, Old Orchard Beach to be exact, with my cousins and my Maine-iac uncle. Old Orchard Beach is know for its beach and amusement parks but that’s not all a vacation in Maine has to offer, not by a long shot!

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Edinburgh — City of Festivals

August is festival time in Edinburgh, the city of romance, history, mythology, beauty and so much more. One of the oldest cities, it has continually reinvented itself until today it is a modern cultural and financial capital. Yet, history and tradition are still front and center, blending beautifully with dramatic scenery, warm gregarious people and a vibrant spirit.

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Discover Machu Picchu

High on my bucket list would be a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru, so I wasn’t surprised to read that it was voted by travel industry experts as likely to be one of the top travel spots in 2012.

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Preserve Your Travels in Great Photos

One of my favorite things to do is look at photos of past trips. I love looking back over family vacations, trips with my just sister or just my kids. There’s always a memory that comes back with each great picture. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of pictures that don’t mean a thing or make me wonder what in the world I was aiming at. So I decided to find out how to take better pictures and here are some things I learned.

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Secret Journeys of a Lifetime

Whether you’re an armchair traveler or an intrepid adventurer, Secret Journeys of a Lifetime is a book you won’t want to miss. Even if you can’t visit any of these places, it’s a book that will inspire your imagination and send it soaring it to all the corners of the earth.

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The Comforts of Home When You’re Away from Home

If you don’t have time for a long vacation but need some time away, think about spending a day or two at a bed and breakfast. More personal than a motel, these accommodations are geared toward hospitality and making your time there relaxing and restful.

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Find fantastic recipes for fresh, flavorful foods

It’s spring once more and the growing season is upon us. Fresh food is so good and good for us. It’s also good for the earth. Celebrate all this goodness with terrific recipes that highlight the fresh-from-the-farm flavors.

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Is it Easy Being Green?

If you want to live greener, but are afraid that being green is a lot of sacrifice and expensive gadgets, your library has all kinds of books to help. Read further for just a sampling.

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Green Fair @ your library April 21

Coming soon, it’s the 5th annual Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Green Fair being held Saturday, April 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. right here at the library. We’ll have booths manned by more than 25 different organizations all geared to helping you help the earth.

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It’s time for some Madness in March

It’s that time of year when students take a break from their studies and let their collective hair down. . . when spring fever hits and hits hard. . . when freshmen and seniors alike live to party hearty and stay up late. Where are the hot spots this year? Keeping reading…