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November 11, 2019

The first time I tried CBD oil, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Would I get high from a dropper-full under my tongue? I had tried CBD gummies, cookies and chocolate bars over the past few years – but I hadn’t felt anything more than the effect of an aspirin (full d...

October 6, 2019

It was a 90-minute drive from Salem, Massachusetts to Kennebunkport, Maine, where I headed with Cheryl, my sister, to celebrate her birthday during my visit to New England. Compared to the mountain driving I’d become accustomed to since living in Northern California, t...

February 8, 2019

From Long Beach, California, only 22 miles away via the Catalina Express, I arrived at Avalon, the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands. This  southernmost city in Los Angeles County is a resort community situated along the...

October 10, 2018

The elderly take full advantage of the benefits thermal waters offer, including alleviating arthritis pain.

September 6, 2018

I looked out the wall-sized window to the sea, hoping to spot three humpback whales as a sign that I would live through the night.

“Just let me see three,” I prayed to my higher power.

It was 5:30pm and I was already in bed, fully clothed because I was too weak and fever...

July 30, 2018

From Sydney, it’s a mere 60-minute flight on Virgin Australia to Ballina, in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. A 10-minute drive brought me to the Hinterlands where Gaia Retreat & Spa, a member of the Healing Hotels of the World, stands perched above a rainforest...

May 29, 2018

We rode the train from Rome to Florence, where two tall, handsome Italian men in designer suits pulled up to the station in a sleek, black luxury sedan to give us a pre-arranged ride. This is one of many perks as part of a stay at the aptly named Grand Amore Hotel and...

February 11, 2018

Two healthier version recipes later, I'm convinced that the tried-and-true America's Test Kitchen has accomplished the task of creating nutritious recipes that are as tasty, if not more than the originals. Take, for instance, the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts a...

December 19, 2017

There’s no doubt the California gold rush of 1848 stimulated travel to the West Coast. From the East Coast, whether by boat or wagon, back then the trip took six months’ time. My travel time from the Napa Valley to Palo Alto in the Silicon Valley, took about two hours,...