Global Giving

From mobility for South Africans to peace-inducing Frisbee games on the West Bank, these Marin residents are making a difference around the world.

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Marin County is a community known for its natural beauty, liberal politics and affluence. But it is also a population deeply committed to philanthropy. When it comes to charitable giving, locals are generous with money, time or both. Some take things a step further. When they see a problem not being adequately championed, they start their own charitable organizations to combat it. Meet five area residents who founded nonprofits intended to better the lives of strangers half a world away. Click here to read more. 

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Park City’s New and Improved Canyons Resort

Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 12.39.50 PMI admit it. Last year, when I received a press invitation to check out the Canyon’s Resort in Park City, I blew it off. As a freelance writer, I cover happenings in the ski industry with some regularity. And, well, I’d never even heard of Canyons. To my knowledge, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain were Utah’s two main draws. However, as the year went on, I began to hear chatter. Terms like “up-and-coming” and “upscale” were bandied about. So this year, when the invite came in, I jumped at the chance. And, much to my delight, there was a great story to be told here.  To read more click here. 

Why Pay Retail? The Murky World of Medical Billing

Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 3.29.56 PMLast year, I had the displeasure of contracting a viral nerve infection. I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on my worst enemy. (Well, actually, there is this one woman…but that’s another story.) In any case, my doc ordered an MRI of my spine and my brain.

The word MRI struck fear in my heart. No, I’m not claustrophobic. The cost alone made my spine tingle. Past experience told me that two MRIs could easily set me back five to 10 grand. Click to Read More

Why Successful People Unplug—Or Should

Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 3.29.56 PMWhen I take a vacation, I really do try to leave work behind (sometimes I’m even  brave enough to leave my laptop at home). But like most people, I can’t resist the urge to check e-mail. Next thing I know, I find myself pecking long-form answers to work-related questions on my phone. And it’s a downward spiral from there.

Once, I sent a quick text to my editor saying: “Call me, I’m around if you want to discuss.”
Except thanks to autocorrect: the text read: “Call me, I’m aroused if you want to discuss.”   Click to Read More:

Escape to Lake Tahoe

I grew up on skiing.  For the better part of two decades, my parents, my brothers and I would fly to Colorado for our yearly powder fix.  But we also relished the gourmet dining, lively entertainment and great shopping. This was the only way I knew a ski town to be. So years later, 1997 to be exact, when I ventured up to Lake Tahoe for the first time, I was, well, confused. Where were all the fashionable boutiques, upscale eateries, and other apres ski hot spots?   In my mind, a take-and-bake pizza shop, a Hanes underwear outlet, and a strip mall bar did not exactly scream sophisticated resort town. The skiing was decent, but the infrastructure left much to be desired.  But over the next decade, and into the current one, Tahoe has slowly but surely reinvented itself.  Click to read more.

What’s New this Ski Season

imagesSki season is upon us, and despite a sluggish economy, resorts have been quietly pouring millions into updatesand additions at locations throughout the West. And it appears those investments are paying off. Last year, according to the National Ski Areas Association, lift ticket sales exceeded $60 million, shattering the old record set in the 2007–2008 ski season. What this means for skiers this season is more lifts, more terrain and more places to put up your tired feet after the ski day. Here’s what you can expect. Click here for complete article

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Wired Magazine

This is the tale of my offsprings first foray into social media. Click here for online version of the story.

How to Build a Better Mouse Trip

From the time my son Henry could string together a sentence, he’s been asking for a trip to Disney. So like it or not, I knew we’d be making the pilgrimage, though I admit I wasn’t excited by the prospect. I’m not a planner, I hate crowds, and I detest waiting in lines. All I’d been warned were inescapable realities of a Disney Vacation. I also hate families that dress is matching outfits, but I was willing to overlook this minor pet peeve, if I could find my way around the bigger issues. Was it possible to take a Disney Vacation without the horror of lines, stress and wall-to-wall tourists? I decided to put on my investigative camp and find out. Click Here For Complete Article

NWA World Traveler

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Dealing With Separation Anxiety: BabyCenter.Com

Wasn’t it delicious when your infant preferred you to anyone else on the planet? Now that your child is bigger, though, and he falls apart whenever you head to the bathroom without him, his attachment seems downright obsessive. Hang in there. He’s experiencing separation anxiety, a developmental phase that nearly all children go through (sometimes more than once) during their early years. And, thankfully, it isn’t permanent. Click here to read more. 

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