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Tanya Bricking Leach

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Spelunking Hawaii

About the time jagged edges started poking through my T-shirt as I wormed my way through a tight spot in a lava tube, I began to wonder: What am I doing here? We could have been relaxing on the famous Green Sand Beach at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Tanya Travels
We're Moving to Croatia - Tanya Travels

Welcome to Tanya Travels, the online journal of our trip of a lifetime. The first cruise ship of the season has already come and gone from the harbor here in Zadar, Croatia. We are not far behind it. This is our last week in this beautiful country.


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How to Help a Loved One Deal With Mobility Problems

Consider a walker. Today's walkers aren't like they used to be either, Salamon says. Medicare covers basic models, and upgrades are available online for less than $100. Modern ones are nicer-looking than the old days and much more stable, she says. Some come with seats and baskets, four wheels and even hand brakes.

Washington Post
Hotels Sell Big-Ticket Souvenirs

Like that curved shower rod in your hotel bathroom? The embroidered pillow on the bed? The martini glasses you saw down at the bar? The latest vacation souvenirs may be as close as a hotel Web site, because these days just about everything in the room can be brought home -- for a price.

How to Learn a Foreign Language After 50

Courtesy of Sonya VanGelderen Sonya VanGelderen grew up in Canada but felt the pull to go south ever since she hit her 50s. Her kids were grown, she was newly divorced and she was ready to invent a happier version of herself. So she set off for Latin America, decided to stay and learned Spanish.

Tell Me a Story

View / listen to audio slideshows in which patients, families and employees talk about how Cincinnati Children's Hospital has touched their lives.

In Hawaii, a Ministry for Uncalm Waters - New York Times

HONOLULU, May 31 - Just after dawn on a recent Saturday at Waikiki Beach, when the crowd for a surfing meet was already growing with early risers, Derrick Ontai walked along the beach and scanned the sparkling blue horizon for a southern swell for the morning's competition.

Cincinnati Children's

http://www.cincinnatichildr... Recess in the Stadium is a family fun day sponsored by Cincinnati Children's, the American Heart Association and the Cincinnati Bengals It's a free event for kids ages 4-16 and their families to play in Paul Brown Stadium and learn about caring for their heart.

NKY magazine
A Left at Rabbit Hash

In dozens of places across the state, oddball names that early settlers put on maps have stuck — maybe not as official post office addresses, but at least as curiosities. And those who stake their claim in places like Black Gnat, Buzzard Roost, Pig, Paradise or Monkey’s Eyebrow have learned to have a sense of humor about it.

See How They Run

Katy Crossen was half a world away when she had a life-changing epiphany that got her on the road to running. Her soul-searching began last May during a nine-day trip to India. "It is a little bit of an 'Eat, Pray, Love' story," says Crossen, who, like many single 35-year-old women, can relate to Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir about a yearlong journey of self-discovery.

Cincinnati Business Courier
Financial burdens come with caregiving - Cincinnati Business Courier

When Mavi and Fe Obach did the math on what it would cost to care for Mavi's mom as she entered the early stages of dementia, they were shell-shocked. Assisted living could run $3,000 to $4,000 a month for 80-year-old Virginia Obach. The Mount Healthy family wasn't prepared for it.

of Gangsters and Beer Barons

The tour guide was explaining fascinating moments of the former "Sin City." The guide was in the middle of a story from 1961 when pro football hero George Ratterman, then in the middle of a campaign for sheriff, gained national attention for being set up, drugged, put in a hotel room with a stripper, and arrested.

The Honolulu Advertiser - Local News

Honolulu Hawaii News - HonoluluAdvertiser.com is the home page of Honolulu Hawaii with in depth and updated Honolulu local news. Stay informed with both Honolulu Hawaii news as well as headlines and stories from around the world.