5 reasons you should watch Supergirl with your children

When my family used to sit down to watch TV together, we’d run through a litany of potential shows to watch together, with everyone saying why we should or shouldn’t watch certain ones. Often, we’d come up empty and just decide to read or hang out instead. But, then along came Supergirl – first on... Read more »

My sons' favorite English king is King George III - thanks to Hamilton

I never thought I’d say it. But, my American sons have a favorite English king: George III. And, it’s all thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. For months, my sons have absorbed the story of Alexander Hamilton, as they’ve heard the Broadway musical soundtrack played over and over again by my husband. In... Read more »

We need a big "thumbs up" statue in the U.S., too

These days, it can feel like you’re drowning in the news or in your social media feed. Based on the “news” of the day, it’s easy to be disheartened. To be pessimistic. To be jaded. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can fight to stay positive. To stay upbeat. To stay hopeful.... Read more »
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Products you can buy to take a stand - and do good

These days, chances are you’re taking a stand to speak up for people’s rights – and you know plenty of people who are using their voices to do the same. We share social posts. We write emails. We place phone calls. We participate in protests. There are so many ways to “stay woke.” And, you... Read more »

What side of the sidewalk should you walk on in countries around the world?

As a family of four, we are always conscious of not blocking the sidewalk when walking down busy streets. We try to stay to one side and let others pass – especially when approaching us from the other direction. Typically, at home in Chicago, we walk on the right side of the sidewalk – the... Read more »

Are fresh Greek yogurt shops ready to spread across the U.S.?

I’m forever thankful to the writer of the Lonely Planet Athens guide for introducing us to Fresko, a fresh Greek yogurt shop located on Dionysiou Areopagitou between the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Gate, during our trip to Athens this winter. We had just left the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and, after being mesmerized by the history... Read more »
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8 reasons to visit Athens, Greece in the winter

A lot of times, when you picture a Greek vacation, it’s easy to conjure up images of people soaking in the sun on the Greek Islands or seeing the sunlight glint off of the startling white domed roofs of homes in Santorini. I’d say you probably don’t think if people bundled up, eating at cozy... Read more »

Six ways to save cellular data during international travel

At the end of December, my family headed to Europe for a family holiday. Like usual, we switched to an international cellular data plan so we wouldn’t incur exorbitant data charges when using our iPhones there. Since we knew we’d be spending a few days driving through Greece, and glued to Google Maps and Waze... Read more »

The popularity of licorice in Europe - Or, why I always stock up on it when I travel abroad

If I had to choose one European city to visit just to eat its local treats, it would have to be Amsterdam. Not for Dutch pancakes or even stroopwafel. No, it would be just for the licorice (or drop). For me, even a Dutch supermarket is a gourmet delight. All I need to do is... Read more »
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Historic Route 66 starts and ends in Chicago - Find the landmark signs in the city's Loop neighborhood

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