Monthly Archives: July 2010

Splitting the Tab Made Easier

One of the most annoying and embarrassing features of traveling with a group is paying up at a restaurant.  Separate checks?  Did everyone ante up the right amount?  She has two drinks and I had none…. (Okay, I admit, it’s … Continue reading

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A Literary Taste of Chicago

    I was in Chicago last weekend for a writers conference and ventured out into the sweltering heat for a trip to the Chicago History Museum http://www.chicagohistory.org/ For anyone who has read just about any story that takes place … Continue reading

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Happiness and Meaningful Conversation

Anyone looking for scientific understanding of why book clubs are so popular, check out the July issue of Scientific American Mind. An article entitled “Skip the Small Talk: Meaningful Conversations Linked to Happier People” reports on a study of the … Continue reading

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Book Festival Buzz

It’s hard to think about fall in the middle of July.  However, if you’re thinking of traveling to a book festival, now is the time to start planning.  Here’s a partial list of book fairs and festivals across the country … Continue reading

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Cindy Dyson on Book Clubs

I just came across a Montana author, Cindy Dyson, who is also a book club devotee.  Her book club is called Our Ladies of Perpetual Disappointment because, she says, “We’re disappointed in half the books we read and reveal our … Continue reading

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Reading for Those Traveling to Haiti–or Not

    Haiti isn’t exactly the place I’d recommend for a book club trip, but it’s certainly a place about which book clubs are interested in reading.  My friend Patty, a fellow book clubber, is off to Haiti on a … Continue reading

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Losing and Finding Ourselves

The great travel writer Pico Iyer wrote an essay for Salon.com many years ago that is one of the best discussions about why we travel that I’ve seen.  http://www.salon.com/travel/feature/2000/03/18/why He says,  “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, … Continue reading

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