Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle Demense
Family Travel

Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle Demense

When families vacation in Ireland they often stick to the coastal regions or Dublin for the history, scenery and liveliness of the area.  Few who visit Ireland realize that some of the most important discoveries in our galaxy were made from the grounds of Birr Castle in County Offaly. Science at Birr Castle Demense Birr…

Stowe – A Sweet Family Ski Resort
Outdoor Education

Stowe – A Sweet Family Ski Resort

The last race of our winter season brought us back to Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont for the Sugar Slalom. History and tradition come alive at the festive weekend event, a 70-plus annual event that pits serious athletes side-by-side revelers dressed in tutus and banana costumes. And because it’s Vermont, this rite of spring features…

Discover the Old West at the Fort Worth Stockyards (and Other Cowboy Attractions)
Family Travel | Lifelong Learning

Discover the Old West at the Fort Worth Stockyards (and Other Cowboy Attractions)

The dream of the American West fires the imagination today, as much as it ever has. Even as a little girl growing up in Argentina, where I spoke little or no English, many an afternoon was spent in a fringed suede cowgirl outfit calling out, “Hi-yo, Silver! Away! Today, four million visitors travel to Fort Worth each…

Albany As a State of Mind
Travel Essays

Albany As a State of Mind

Ask a New Yorker, and he’ll tell you that Albany is the state capital, a city of immigrants best known for its pubs and politics. Head west, and you might get a different answer. Nearly half the states that make up the USA lay claim to a place they call “Albany,” and more are found…