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August 2013

Date night: Statue of Liberty sunset sail

There are plenty of "touristy" things in New York City that are popular with the locals: Friday nights on the rooftop at The Met, brunch in a sunny cafe in West Village, strolling the streets and shops of SoHo. But visiting the Statue of Liberty? In...
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Postcard from Chelsea Piers Golf Club

I grew up with the Golf Channel on in the background. My parents are both avid golfers (my dad just won the super senior Championship at their country club--just two years after winning the general club championship, and less than six months after...
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My happiness project

After listening to Gretchen Rubin speak at World Domination Summit, I immediately checked her best-seller The Happiness Project out of the library. When searching for what makes you happy, Rubin instructs you to ask yourself what you did for...
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Choosing or surrendering to life?

As of today, I don't have any travel planned beyond a long weekend in Sacramento in September. No plane tickets booked, no hotels reserved. No beaches to look forward to, no itineraries to plan, no suitcases to pack. It's a disconcerting feeling:...
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Postcard from downtown Portland

For most of my stay in Portland, I never had to leave downtown: the World Domination Summit was held at the beautiful Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, I crashed with a few other girls at super-chic the Nines Hotel and I subsided on fresh finds from the...
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Date night: magic show!

When I was in middle school, I took part in a program at the local university that offered a variety of "college-type" courses for advanced students. Although I remember struggling through algebra, most of the classes I took were fun: photography...
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Postcard from Reykjavik

The first thing that struck me about Reykjavik was just how little it felt like a national capital. Within hours of being there, we easily knew the layout of the city: the main pedestrian thoroughfare marked by neon bicycles, the large pond dotted...
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The best places to swim in Iceland

When I saw that the high temperature for our trip to Iceland would be around 50 degrees, I expected to spend most of my time in layers and a woolen beanie--not a bathing suit. I was as surprised as anyone when I realized on our last day there that we...
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Taking a tour of Brooklyn Brewery

It should be no secret by now that I love beer, especially craft beer (going to college in the same town where Sierra Nevada was founded gave me a healthy respect for the craft beer industry). I like a nice glass of white wine and some nights call...
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Postcard from Portland

For all that I didn't like about the World Domination Summit, I will say this: I had absolutely no complaints about the location. I hadn't been to Portland since playing a competitive soccer tournament there as a teenager, and I was interested to see...
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