Fitbit Charge 2 Review: Vastly Superior to Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge 2 Review: This model is vastly superior to Fitbit HRMy Fitbit Charge HR got waterlogged recently (don’t turn upside down in a kayak while wearing it) and quit working, so I had to buy a new fitness tracker. Another Charge HR wasn’t an option — since it’s being discontinued — so I chose a Fitbit Charge 2 to replace it. The following Fitbit Charge 2 review describes the new features and improvements that make it vastly superior to the Fitbit Charge HR. Continue reading

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Second Women’s Kayaking and Hiking Weekend in Brevard: Wonderful Except for the Near-Death Experience

Second Womens Hiking and Kayaking Weekend Wonderful Except for the Near Death Experience

Recently came back from a second women’s kayaking and hiking weekend in Brevard, North Carolina, and it was great — except for the near-death experience… Continue reading

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Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals: What to Do When You Get Blisters on the Balls of Your Feet

Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals_ What to Do When You Get Blisters on Balls of Feet

There are so many cute sandals! But before you buy the next pair, keep this in mind: sandals with ultra-thin soles can result in days of misery! Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Look: The Follow-Up to Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot

Amazon Echo Look_ The Follow-Up to Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot

If you own and use an Amazon Echo or an Amazon Dot like I do, you’re probably pretty impressed with the things Alexa can do. And now Amazon is introducing a follow-up product that sounds intriguing. Continue reading

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South American Souvenirs

South America Cruise souvenirs

South American souvenirs are different from things you’d pick up in the Caribbean islands or in Europe. Continue reading

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Weird Vacation Incidents on My South America Cruise

Weird Vacation Incidents on a South America Cruise

Whenever I travel with Merry Ellen, we have weird experiences (“adventures” as we like to call them). Continue reading

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South American Cruise: Ushuaia, Argentina — the End of the World

South American Cruise_Ushuaia, Argentina -- the End of the World

If you occasionally have a bad day and want to take off for the “end of the earth,” Ushuaia, Argentina, is the place for you. It’s the last city on the southernmost tip of the South American continent, followed only by water and the continent of Antarctica. Continue reading

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The Know-It-All: A Book Review

Know-It-All A Book Review

The Know-It-All was so good! It’s the quirky-but-true story of A.J. Jacobs,  a 35ish New York City magazine editor who undertakes a one-year odyssey to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica so he can become the “smartest person in the world.” Continue reading

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Kindness Counts: Make the World a Better Place

Kindness counts what are you doing to make the world a better place todayKindness counts.

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How to Get a 5 Percent Discount Every Day at 3 Popular Stores

How to Get a 5 Percent Discount Every Day at 3 Popular Stores
Many stores have occasional sales, but these three stores are unique because they give you  5 percent off the purchase price of everything you buy every day. Continue reading

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