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    No Flu for You! Prevention Recommendations for Cold and Flu Season

    The cold and flu season is here and will be with us for several months to come. No one can predict how bad this season will be, but there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of getting ill and spreading the illness to others. Please consider the following for yourselves and your families: The Three Most Potent Cold and Flu Prevention Strategies 1. Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels We believe it’s possible that the widespread prevalence of colds and flus may actually be due to vitamin D deficiency, which is incredibly common in the United...

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    Important Birthdays Over 50

    When was the last time you heard someone say they were 50 ½ years old? I love the raw passion for life in kids when they tell me their age and include halves or three quarters. But most children stop saying “and-a-half” somewhere around age 12. And when we get to be adults many of us lose the excitement of getting older so we don’t like to announce our age, never mind brag that we are closer to our next birthday by adding fractions. The loss of this childlike spirit is sad and is part of a deeper problem...

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    Antlers at Vail: Winter or Summer Your Home Away From Home

    If the drive from Denver through the awe-inspiring mountain range wasn’t breathtaking enough, wait until you get to the mountainside town of Vail. Have I just stepped into a beautiful Switzerland village? That’s the first thought I had driving into the center of town and arriving at Antlers at Vail hotel and condominiums set on beautiful Gore Creek, in the Lionshead area facing Vail Mountain. Winter…summer…or really any time of year; this is the resort to be at for the ultimate in convenience. Ranging from studio suites to four bedroom lodging options, all condo rentals include a full kitchen,...

  • Fraser Kershaw Raises the Standard of the Bucket List

    In the past decade, millions of poor and low-income families have sacrificed much of their scarce family livelihood to put their children in school, in the hopes that an education will put their young students on a pathway out of poverty. Like these impoverished families, we understand that a solid education is essential for personal and economic development, to break the cycle of poverty. However, despite the best efforts of these families, once in school many children are unable to successfully learn the basics of literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking, because they lack proper nutrition and, crucially, access to...

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    Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks

    As far as the eye can see in Joshua Tree National Park. The amazing landscape looks like you are walking on what used to be the ocean floor. While it looks pretty barren, it is the Mojave desert after all, this place is actually teaming with life as there are many different species of plants and animals that call it home. In fact, we were lucky enough to see a group of six or seven bighorn sheep lounging on some giant rocks as we started our first hike out to Barker Dam. Amongst the most diverse rock formations you’ve...

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    Monterey, Carmel and the Amazing Big Sur…the Ultimate American Road Trip

    I was afraid this would happen. I’ve been longing to visit the Monterey bay area for what seems like forever. You know how sometimes you read about a place and you just know that you are going to fall in love with it before you even get there. Well, that’s Monterey and Carmel for me. And yes…I did fall in love! Monterey offers the ultimately iconic California experience and it’s easy to see why the drive to Big Sur has been voted the top road trip in the United States. The coastline is just breathtaking. There are an endless...

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    Yosemite….Words Just Can’t Express

    And that’s how I truly feel, so this blog will be shorter than my typical posts for this trip as I feel it’s better expressed through photographs. The beauty of this place is unbelievable – it’s like being on another planet. So, I’m just going to highlight our hikes and of course the beautiful Tenaya Lodge where we stayed, and describe the rest of Yosemite through all of the great pictures we took. Tenaya Lodge sits on a cozy and secluded expanse of the Sierra National Forest just a few minutes from the south gate of Yosemite National Park....

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    Sustainable Lodging, Farm-to-Table Restaurants and Of Course Wine in Napa Valley

    Leaving Lake Tahoe, we traveled west to Napa on I-50 and happened to be driving near an area where they were having many uncontrolled wildfires. In fact, we were so close at one point that we could see the flames from the top of a ridge. We learned that they actually closed the road we were on the next day! Even when we arrived in Napa, there was still a haze on the horizon from all of the smoke blowing miles away. Our first stop was at The Meritage Resort & Spa. Just like the wine that inspired its...