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Wiggle Mania: Jiggling Through the Jell-O Museum, LeRoy, New York

Wiggle Mania: Jiggling Through the Jell-O Museum, LeRoy, New York

Posted on 13 October 2005

Who knew “jiggle-ability” could be measured? And who knew Jell-O was the focus of so many consuming surveys and experiments? Visiting the Jell-O Gallery — less than an hour’s drive from Buffalo — in LeRoy, New York, I learned more than I ever knew there was to know about the bouncy kid-pleaser. As a child […]

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Fashion & Compassion for HIV/AIDS: Macy’s Passport 05, San Francisco & Los Angeles

Fashion & Compassion for HIV/AIDS: Macy’s Passport 05, San Francisco & Los Angeles

Posted on 18 September 2005

For 22 years, Macy’s had held an annual West Coast premier fashion show and theatre extravaganza. This year, Macy’s Pasport 05, presented by American Express, promises to be bigger and better than ever as it brings together fashion and compassion, top models, designers, musicians, entertainers, and celebrities. Over the decades, Passport has raised almost $20 […]

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Get Witch It: Salem, Massachusetts

Get Witch It: Salem, Massachusetts

Posted on 17 September 2005

Salem stirs the cauldron for Halloween. Haven’t made your plans for tricking or treating yet? The best place for a magical awakening this Halloween is Salem, Mass. The scene of the infamous witch trials of 1692 has changed plenty from those hysterical days when a group of girls ran around on all fours, barking and […]

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Kissing It Better: The Healing Powers of Bar Harbor’s Balance Rock Inn, Maine

Kissing It Better: The Healing Powers of Bar Harbor’s Balance Rock Inn, Maine

Posted on 12 September 2005

The Atlantic Ocean off Bar Harbor, Maine, was 47 degrees, even at the end of August. My leg, submerged in the chill swirl, was almost numb, which was good since I had a sore knee and was desperately looking for relief. I was clinging to the edge of a “glacial erratic” — a two-ton boulder […]

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Simple Joys of an Old School Spa: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, New Mexico

Simple Joys of an Old School Spa: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, New Mexico

Posted on 25 August 2005

Flowing from the earth at 109 degrees, the iron spring at Ojo Caliente bubbles gently beneath my feet. The water’s a ruddy terra cotta color and is said to be good for the blood. I bob around in the rock-lined pool, feeling if not exactly Geritol-ized, at least relaxed. Next comes a dip in the […]

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A G0-Go Galaxy: Alabama’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center

A G0-Go Galaxy: Alabama’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Posted on 24 August 2005

Walking into the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., I felt like I was on the set of Star Trek, minus the aliens. Jumpsuit-clad pods of astronauts-in-training mingled with ground controllers, flight simulators dotted one area and a Space Shuttle interior mock-up stretched across another. The snatches of conversation buzzing through the decks […]

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Power Surge: Get Plugged in at Toronto’s Newest Hip Hotel, The Cosmopolitan

Power Surge: Get Plugged in at Toronto’s Newest Hip Hotel, The Cosmopolitan

Posted on 05 August 2005

You may not believe in the concept of energy choreography, but the bets are on you might feel its benefits if you stayed at Toronto’s latest designer hotel, the Cosmopolitan. Sylvia Noble, energy consultant to stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ron Howard, is the woman behind the cosmic circuitry of the 97-suite hotel, which […]

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side: The Wickaninnish Inn

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: The Wickaninnish Inn

Posted on 03 August 2005

I’m dangling over the raw, pounding Pacific Ocean on Canada’s westernmost shore. Two bald eagles soar above and a seal rides the foamy surf. “I’m glad they’re putting on a show for you today,” says Charles McDiarmid, managing director of the Wickaninnish Inn, near Tofino on Vancouver Island, B.C.

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