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Here are links to three posts over at RushBabe49.com, dealing with various aspects of our time in SD with the Ricochet group. We had a great time, and I will be doing a couple of more posts with more photos, from SD and the other states we visited on our way to and from there. […]

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The vile, electrical current that is engulfing our beloved country, with its short-circuiting sparks of pandemics, riots, political turmoil and people-bashing on social media, as well as city streets, I find myself longing to pull the plug for some semblance of peace; the kind found in simple pursuits, minus electronic devices. The fishing theme makes […]

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Stop making rookie travel mistakes and rage tweeting at airlines and LISTEN UP. Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel return with expert travel tips to help you enjoy your vacation—no matter what happens to your bags—and stop embarrassing yourself on the internet.

City Journal editor Brian Anderson joins Vanessa Mendoza, executive vice president of the Manhattan Institute, for our second annual discussion of Brian’s summer and vacation reading list.

Summer is upon us, and the City Journal editors are ready for some vacation. We asked Brian to tell us what books he’s taking with him to the beach this year and why.

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Well, neutral observer and I just got back home. We were vacationing not in the Dominican Republic, but in Tullahoma, Tennessee visiting friends. Sure, there was a tornado warning one night, but at least we didn’t get beat up or poisoned. Anyway, our hosts took us to visit the Beechcraft Heritage Museum (https://beechcrafthm.org/) where we […]

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Everything is in Divine Order.   I took my vacation, traveling 3,020 miles in 8 days.  This is Part IV.  Part I and Part II  are here.  Part III was on September 11th, but this is the best I can do for its Hyperlink:   http://ricochet.com/551962/everything-is-in-divine-order-part-iii/ Preview Open

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Back in 2003, when my daughter was still in kindergarten, we took a week-long vacation to a little place called White Lake, NC. It’s a place where my wife had vacationed often as a child, and I’d been there once or twice, but as a family we hadn’t gotten into the habit of taking summer vacations. This was a new thing, and I wasn’t sure I’d like it: a week away from the comforts of home?

But I needn’t have worried. It didn’t take me long to relax and begin to enjoy the change of scenery. I spent my days taking naps, reading, going for long walks, and having a blast playing in the water with my daughter. We played miniature golf at the nearby Putt-Putt. In the evenings we drove to nearby Elizabethtown for dinner at some of the restaurants there. On our last evening, I walked to the end of the pier and looked out over the quiet lake, thinking back over the week we’d just had. It was a bittersweet moment: tears came to my eyes as I thought about how much fun we’d had and about the impending return to the normal routine.

I’d enjoyed that week so much that the following year I was eager to do it again. And so we did. We went back to White Lake and stayed in the same cabin; I filled my days with the same activities, and we made a point of revisiting our favorite Elizabethtown restaurants. As that second White Lake vacation came to an end, I walked to the end of the pier in a conscious attempt at recreating that emotional moment from a year before. Once again I felt that mix of happiness and sadness. I remember asking myself: why do I get to feel this way only once per year?

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It was our 7th day out as dawn broke on the westernmost camp we would make on this trip.  Rapid City may be South Dakota’s 2nd largest city, but with under 80,000 people it seems hardly to qualify as a city by the standards of anything east of the Mississippi.  Yet it showed something I […]

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Sometimes, you just have to get away. And not on some random airline. I’m talking about a good old fashioned, back of the station wagon kind of road trip. A good family vacation of this sort always produces stories that you can tell for years, or at least it should. Not wanting my kids to […]

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Following criticism of his seeming insensitivity to the largest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Barack Obama is reluctantly making a brief pit stop in San Bernardino to express scripted condolences before continuing his flight to a 5-star multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii. Based on his previous comments about the slaughter, we expect him […]

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With still another week remaining of vacation we received the news that ended the trip. Very early in the morning my wife’s phone rang. Over a very bad connection we heard: her uncle died the night before in a plane wreck in Florida. We took that day anyway to see Boston, but we drove all […]

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This vacation was a near thing, it very nearly did not happen, and it ended far too soon under the cloud of family tragedy. Daughter 1 had a planned visit to Great Grandma for several weeks, Daughter 2 had dance tryouts in June, choreography boot camp in July, and practices starting in early August. Throw […]

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