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YLi0810_AmericaVacation2
[caption id="attachment_13476" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="A family taking in the Southern California scenery by car in 1956. (Image from Family Vacation, Gibbs-Smith, 2009)"] [/caption] At a time when most people were bound to the family farm, vacations and time off in general weren t possible, at least not if you wanted to earn a living. It s a far cry from the age of...
YLi0810_StarTrekWriter
[caption id="attachment_13481" align="alignleft" width="558" caption="The USS Enterprise, Constitution Class. (Courtesy of startrek.com website)"] [/caption] That night, Kirk and his Vulcan comrade Mr. Spock solved the mystery, made it out alive (barely, of course), and flew off to their next mission with an extra crewmember aboard the Enterprise. Underwood pegs this as the moment she...
Vacation 1
For the last century, vacations have been a part of life in America . Whether ' at the beach, drink in hand, or barreling down the interstate in search of roadside attractions like the world's biggest ball of yarn, destinations symbolic of our desire for rest and relaxation dot the nation's landscape. Once an activity reserved almost exclusively for the elite, the vacation soon grew...
YLi0710_PersonalMovingConsultant
After 40 years in the same house, Roberta Gosselin says, We had a huge accumulation. The house, basement, and storage shed out back were full of things she and her husband had accumulated over the years. Some of those things were treasures, but some of it needed to go. ' As much as Gosselin and her husband, Lafayette, wanted to simplify their lives by moving to Brooksby in Peabody,...
Ketchum-JFK Jr
White House Curator James Ketchum had the holy grail of museum jobs. From 1963 to 1969, he served three presidents and managed a priceless collection of artifacts that told the story of the world s best-known house and the families that lived there. But of all the memories he made during his tenure in the Executive Mansion, the saddest one remains most vivid in his mind today. November 22, 1963...
YLi0710_WhiteHouseCurator4
It s probably the world s most famous address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue an 18-acre plot of carefully manicured grounds on which stands a Georgian-style mansion. The National Park Service lists it simply as Reservation No. 1. First Lady Dolly Madison called it the President s Castle, but most know it as the White House. Forty-two presidents and their families have made this place home over the last...
YLi0710_JimDavis1
It s one thing to hear about an Erickson community ; it s quite another thing to experience it for yourself. So, in recent months, Jim Davis, the new chairman and CEO of Erickson Living (formerly Erickson Retirement Communities ), set out on a whistle stop tour across the country to see for himself what makes these communities so special. [caption id="attachment_12728" align="...
YLi0710_JFKFilm2
On any other Friday, 15-year-old Ward Warren would have been sitting in a classroom at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Tex., but November 22, 1963, was different. President John F. Kennedy was set to visit the city late that morning, and Warren was at Love Field to film his arrival with the family s Kodak 8mm camera. [caption id="attachment_12736" align="alignright" width="280...
YLi0610_EconomyCrisischart
Talk of recessions and bubble bursts has dominated both print columns and radio and television airwaves for nearly two years. But with the economy well into a recovery, experts can better assess the downturn and place it within the larger context of recessions throughout American history. One fact on which most economists agree is that recessions are a natural part of the...