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The Trapped Kitten: A Travel Story

IN THE August 9 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



“Honey, come quick. I think there are kittens trapped under the shower,” my husband called out to me while standing outside the motor home, dressed in a towel around his waist and his new rubber shower clogs.

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by Joan Leotta


For many years Belgium remained a mystery to me, merely a place I went through. I knew it to be the home of chocolate and lace, of that most famous detective, Poirot, and Herge, the artist who wrote and drew boy detective/journalist, Tin Tin.

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The Ossuary or Bone Church: A Travel Adventure

IN THE July 19 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



“Where are we?” I asked my husband.
“In the Czech Republic” he replied.
“I know that. But right now, where are we?”
“Driving around looking for the Ossuary. See that man standing by that fence. Ask him.” My husband started to slow the motor home.

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Travel and Mystery

IN THE June 21 ISSUE

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by Peggy Hanson



My daughter puts it this way: “I worry a little when Mom goes to dangerous places like Yemen. But then I think, ‘she’ll die doing something she loves.’ And it’s all right!”
Isn’t that the goal, really? To die the way we want to? And, in the case of writers, to have said what they wanted to say before they die.

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Glasgow, Scotland Is Pure Dead Brilliant

IN THE May 31 ISSUE

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by Karen Lewis



Glasgow is pure dead brilliant! It is a city in Central Scotland and is known for art and culture, architecture, music and history. The best way to understand and experience Glasgow is to simply visit the great city. There are lots of things to do and see, and there is something for everyone of all ages.

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Cuba: The Perfect Vacation Destination

IN THE May 31 ISSUE

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by Jenny Russel



Located directly south of the U.S. Florida peninsula, Cuba is generally known as either a Cold War hot spot or a source of great tobacco products. However, holidays to Cuba are not just about world-class cigars; they’re also about great architecture, beautiful beaches and fun activities.

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Strange Things We Saw While Traveling

IN THE May 24 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz




Traveling allows one to see more than big buildings or strange landscapes. It lets us explore new ways of doing things, new smells and delightful tastes. We traveled for ten years to fifty-seven countries and learned more than we could have sitting in front of a television set. Some ideas and tastes we liked, others we rejected. The hardest part of experiencing new ideas is withholding judgment and remembering that there is no right or wrong way to do many things. We do something a certain way because our mothers taught us how she did it.

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Visiting Tigers and Washing Elephants

IN THE May 3 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz




“Let’s go visit the tigers.” I said, right after watching a show on television about a Buddhist Monk who adopted tiger babies and raised them. The felines spent their days playing around in a grotto open to visitors.

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The Suspect Suitcase

IN THE February 1 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



I was slipping and sliding on a mud trail in Laos. My husband and I, both in our mid-sixties, were living in Thailand for a couple of years on one leg of our ten-year odyssey around the world. In Thailand, like most of Southeast Asia, we had our one-year visa to live in the country but were required to leave every ninety days. We could cross any of the borders, have our passport stamped and return the same day. Most expats did just that. However, we took the opportunity to visit other Asian countries.

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Six on a Bed: Moving With Pets

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



“Are you taking your pets?” everyone asked me when I announced that we were leaving Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and returning to the U.S. This is the last move we’ll ever do because, at age 73, moving is hard.

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New Year’s Eve 1999

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



My partner and I ran away from home. Yes, that’s right. We sold everything, bought an old, used motor home and planned to see Mexico in six months.
Silly us. We spent three years and still had a lot more to see.

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A Santa Cruz Kind of Christmas

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Christina Morgan Cree



Santa Cruz offers many wonderful ways to get in the holiday spirit this year. We may not have snow, but how many places can boast a Nutcracker ballet performed by trees? Victorian carriage rides, Holiday light trains, and Nutcracker ballets are just a few of the many fun activities going on this season.

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