vacations

Traveling With Frail Parents: A Tour Company Makes It Easy

Posted on 10/11/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen my parents were frail and I was a family caregiver, I had no idea that there was a way I could have taken a trip with them. Beyond a trip to the doctor, that is! If we had gone on a vacation together,  I would have wanted time to myself or with my husband doing activities that were too arduous for them. I know, though, that I would have felt selfish and/or too exhausted to enjoy the trip. I recently …

Are Cruises Safe? Senate Investigates Recent Fires

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelBy Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators Wednesday following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships. In February, Carnival’s ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Ala. “We really seriously put our guests in an uncomfortable position and that bothers …

Rocking and Rolling on the Coastal Starlight

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeHere we are rocking and rolling down the coast out of Seattle, not with a band, but aboard an Amtrak train that bumps, jumps, sways, jerks and hurtles all at the same time, knocking me around like a dog in a shipping crate thinking that at any moment I might go airborne. I love it. It is our transportation of choice for a week in the Northwest, and now we are on our way back to the homogeny that is …

Beach Report: Best (and Worst) for Clean Water

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthBefore you pack your swimsuit, check out the latest report card on U.S. beaches with the least and most pollution. Last year the nation’s beaches had more than 20,000 closing and advisory days because of polluted water or threatened contamination, according to the annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The environmental-advocacy group analyzed water-quality results from tests conducted by the federal government and state beach coordinators at more than 3,000 locations nationwide. The report, released today, found more …

A Timely, Smooth Launch for the Health Care Law? The Jury’s Out

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWill everything be ready to launch President Obama’s health care law by the Oct. 1 deadline? We’re getting mixed signals. Start with a report released June 19 by the Government Accountability Office, the first in-depth look at the sprawling system. The upside: “Much progress has been made in establishing the regulatory framework and guidance required for this undertaking, and [the administration] is currently taking steps to implement key activities of the [online insurance marketplaces],” the report said. (Read the full …

Volunteering On Your Next Vacation

Posted on 07/28/2011 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. As we settle into the heart of the summer, many people are getting ready to embark on vacation.  It’s a time to relax and leave our …