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Letters: Letters to the Editor

Opinion » Isay: Keeping Marital Secrets Closeted Staying married for the sake of the children was a convenient truth, and also a self-serving one.

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Gift ideas for the traveler on your list

NEW YORK — Many travelers have a favorite item or gadget they can’t leave home without — the equivalent of a teddy bear for grown-ups. Maybe it’s the GPS, or the inflatable neck pillow, or the Kindle, or the wheeled bag. At holiday time, it’s worth considering which of our treasured travel bring-alongs make good […]

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European Christmas markets stir holiday spirit

Chatter, laughter and music waft through the air, mixing with the smells of gingerbread, grilled meats and cookies as shoppers browse among the carved toys, small musical instruments, ornaments, handcrafted clothing, homemade soap, candles and hand-blown glass. Millions of people – both locals and visitors – attend annual Christmas markets in cities all over Europe […]

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Ask An Expert: Where to Find Treasure in Trash, From Texas to Virginia

For her “Salvage Style” column in This Old House magazine, she digs through the salvage yards of America, looking for door frames to repurpose into bookshelves or vintage tin ceiling panels to turn into planters. She has also become an expert at turning work excursions into weekend getaways. Here are excerpts of Ms. Hughes’s comments […]

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Watch what you eat on airlines

<!–Saxotech Paragraph Count: 14–> United/Continental Airlines (800-864-8331, www.united.com) (800-523-3273, www.continental.com) Cooperation in providing nutritional information: Very helpful. Health score: (*** 1/4) Continental and United have merged and now, except for one item, offer the same food choices. Best bets: On flights longer than two hours, go for the Tapas, which have some great foods, including […]

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Record-breaking shopping feats

Before you brave Black Friday’s chaotic crowds, consider these shopping-related feats, courtesy of the Guinness World Records people (who, by the way, would like you to purchase their Guinness World Records 2012 eBook while you’re in a buying mood). — The fastest motorized shopping cart (built in honor of Guinness World Records Day this year) […]

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36hours: 36 Hours in Porto, Portugal

Friday 6 p.m.1. GO WEST A cheap tour (2.50 euros, or $3.35 at $1.34 to the euro) of Porto (also known as Oporto) awaits on tram line No. 1, which starts near Praça do Infante square and heads west to the Atlantic coast. Outfitted with old leather seats and wood paneling, the hourly (or half-hourly, […]

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2011 Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide

Crescent Moon backcountry snowshoes Multipurpose winter helmet by Giro Kondos Outdoors dog jacket Frost River waxed canvas lunch bag Aqua-Vu underwater camera Camping pillow Granite Gear Vapor Flatbed harness Black River Sleds winter camping toboggan Energy bars from Continental Ski and Bike Steger Mukluks Duluth Pack hand warmer Talk about it This is a great […]

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10 great places to find fine gifts at a museum

MORE: Expert picks and themed lists PHOTOS: Shop the finer things at museum stores Children’s Museum of Indianapolis  Indianapolis  It’s no surprise that the world’s biggest children’s museum has a great gift shop, with everything from Chinese terra-cotta warriors to a “flying turtle” sit-down skateboard. “There are games and kits where people can learn a […]

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Heads Up: In Oakland, Calif., the Uptown Neighborhood Blooms

The scene that afternoon at Bar Dogwood (1644 Telegraph Avenue; bardogwood.com), which opened in March, was casual and friendly as the after-work crowd sipped signature cocktails and sampled locally sourced meats from its charcuterie. Vintage Edison phonographs made into speakers hang from the ceiling, and photographs show Oakland in its heyday in the 1930s and […]

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