Ways to ease your gardening workload

By: Dean Fosdick

If you’re gardening more but enjoying it less, maybe it’s time to adopt some labor-saving ideas. Those can range from downsizing to mulching, from using native plants to switching to raised beds.“There’s no such thing as ‘no maintenance’ gardening. All gardens require some effort,” said Christopher Starbuck, an associate professor with the... READ MORE

Insure your trip to ensure peace of mind

By: Ed Perkins

Don’t forget to consider travel insurance when you plan your upcoming travels. Decide if you need it and figure the cost into your budgeting.Chances are it won’t be a budget-buster, but failure to buy the right coverage could, in fact, bust your budget beyond any expectations.When do you need travel insurance? I suggest that you consider two important coverages:You need trip... READ MORE

A family cruise when ‘the kids’ are adults

By: Alice Shapin

During the years our two children were growing up, my husband Paul and I enjoyed vacationing with them — renting beach houses together, taking cruises and going on golf vacations.Now in their late 20s, they’ve been on their own for some time. But recently, we invited Amanda and Scott to join us again, this time on a family reunion cruise.It was made a bit more complex by the ... READ MORE

Live like a Greek on the island of Rhodes

By: Victor Block

Whitewashed houses dot the picturesque coastal village of Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes. Lindos has its own acropolis and Temple of Athena, along with other archaeological ruins and a popular beach.Photo by: Anders Lundstedt/dreamstime.com“You’ll lose your mind spending two weeks on Rhodes,” we were warned. “Sure, some of the beaches are lovely, and the... READ MORE

Modernism Week defines Palm Springs

By: Connie George

Seven years into the promotion of its mid-20th century style and culture, Palm Springs Modernism Week has officially put the city on the map as a mecca for fans of the clean, simple lines and elegant informality that denote the modernistic mode. This year’s “week,” Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 26, will again provide an open-house invitation to visit and view... READ MORE

Taking a cruise with Hollywood legends

By: Nick Thomas

The tragic Jan. 13 capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy probably has some potential passengers thinking twice about embarking on a future cruise. But these floating luxury “hotels” make thousands of trips each year without incident, and the cruise ship industry has an excellent safety record.This is one of the reasons why some... READ MORE