A fairy tale wedding on Mackinac Island

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As I stand next to my best friend from high school, holding his wedding rings during the ceremony in which he is about to marry his soon-to-be wife, I completely understand why they have chosen Mackinac Island for their wedding. With the lapis-blue lake behind us, a lush green lawn with Adirondack chairs accented by colorful flowers to the side, and the Victorian charm of the Mission Point Resort in front, I instantly grasp how […]

A year already? Life lessons from the first year of fatherhood

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How can 365 days fly by so fast, especially after the first 6 weeks took so long? It feels like no time has passed since I stood in the operating room in the hospital next to my wife and was quickly handed not one but two greenish, slimy, fragile looking potatoes with spindly limbs. It would take a few more hours for it to sink in that I was a father now. Actually, it might […]

Every kid should have to suffer through a few bad jobs

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Every kid should have to suffer through a few bad jobs I’m 16 years old. I scoop ice cream, burn my hand on a popcorn machine, and learn more about cleaning a squirrel nest out of a miniature golf course hole than I ever thought I would need to. These lessons won’t necessarily every apply to me again in life, but the ability to muscle down and do terrible, unpleasant work and stick through it […]

Killing it in Killington, VT

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Killing it in Killington, VT Let’s face it, you’re probably in Killington just for the skiing, but there’s more to do in this town than just hitting the slopes. After a day on the slopes, you need some time to relax and recover and get off of your feet. Luckily Killington has a great selection of bars and restaurants that fit the bill. Whether you’re looking for something casual or a bit more elegant to […]

Traversing the beer scene in Traverse City, Michigan

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Traversing the beer scene in Traverse City, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan has oft been named a top beer destination in the US, and a paradise for craft beer lovers world-wide. This small town along the shore of Lake Michigan, well technically the Grand Traverse Bay off of the lake, has an incredible beer scene with a dozen breweries, brewpubs, and taprooms. Most are easily accessible on foot in downtown, meaning you can make a pretty […]

Even Abraham Lincoln was parent-shamed

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Even Abraham Lincoln was parent-shamed Guilt trips about sleeping arrangements with your baby. “Well-meaning advice” about the right time to feed or sleep.Criticism about breast-feeding choices. Parents are no strangers to being shamed about their decisions regarding how they chose to raise their children. But this is not a modern day phenomenon. This kind of second-guessing and criticality has existed toward parents since antiquity. Even Abraham Lincoln, old Honest Abe, was no stranger to it. […]

Why is no one talking about the Plitvice Lakes – Croatia’s Wonder of the World?

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Why is no one talking about the Plitvice Lakes – Croatia’s Wonder of the World? Croatia’s incredible Plitvice Lakes are well known as a tourist destination within Croatia and the surrounding parts of southern Europe, but why are so few people elsewhere aware of them and making time to travel there? These lakes are stunningly beautiful and unlike anywhere else on the planet. The lush greenery, waterfalls, aquatic fowl, and blue, crystal clear lake water […]

This summer, skip the toys and take a family vacation instead

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This summer, skip the toys and take a family vacation instead Think back to your childhood. What do you remember most vividly about it? If recent research is to be believed, it likely won’t be the toys you got or things you played with, but the vacations you took with your family and experiences you had. New research shows that it is our experiences, notably the time we spend with our families when young children, […]

Breaking4: How Nike inspired my lofty sub 4 hour marathon goal

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Breaking4: How Nike inspired my lofty sub 4 hour marathon goal A few weeks ago three elite professional marathoners completed 26.2 miles around the Formula One track at Monza in Italy. The fastest, Eliot Kipchoge completed this in 2:00:25, a mere 25 seconds from breaking the two hour barrier, one believe to be untreatable for years. Though none did reach this incredible goal, their results were still incredible in that this was two minutes faster […]

The four things I did to reduce my half marathon pace by 2 minutes a mile for the Brooklyn Half Marathon

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The four things I did to reduce my half marathon pace by 2 minutes a mile for the Brooklyn Half Marathon Going from running a 10:00 mile to a 7:59 one in about a year may seem an impossible feat, but I can say from experience it really isn’t that bad. Like any decent goal, it won’t be easy and requires planning and execution coming together, but it can be done. First, you’ll need to […]