Fremont’s naked Summer Solstice parade

One of our readers sent us a photo from Seattle’s (Fremont, technically) Annual Summer Solstice parade, which consists of naked (body painted) walkers and  bicycle and other vehicle riders.  Seattle is evidently much more liberal than New York City and we applaud them!  Alas, we don’t have rights to photos from the parade, but we […]

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June 29, 2013

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Celebrate Summer Solstice 2013

  The Summer Solstice begins 1:04 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 21.  It marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.  To scientifically explain the solstice, we turn to National Geographic: The solstices are the results of Earth’s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the ecliptic, the […]

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10 good and bad ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is traditionally a day for gluttony – eating, drinking, smoking and partying before giving up bad habits for Lent.  This day of celebration has turned into many days of frivolity down in New Orleans, Rio and other cities that hold Mardi Gras festivals. Ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday […]

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Three Kings Day or Dia de Los Reyes

We had always celebrated Epiphany on January 6 – not necessarily by marching in a parade or throwing a party, but at the very least by keeping the Christmas decorations up past New Year’s Day until The Three Kings came and having a nice dinner.  Epiphany marks the time when the three kings traveled to […]

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Use science, psychology and apps to keep New Year’s Resolutions

Some years it’s easier to keep New Year’s Resolutions and other years, not so.  Modern life has blessed us with more tools than the sheer willpower our ancestors had to use to instill new habits.  Science, psychology, and technology can be used to our advantage. TIps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions 1.  Make sure […]

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Merry Christmas from the Trip Witch in Rockefeller Center

Sunday I was in Manhattan to see ‘A Christmas Story’ on Broadway (so much fun, by the way) and braved the crowds to catch a glimpse of the 80 foot Norway Spruce, decorated with more than 30,000 lights, in Rockefeller Center.  Everyone should come to New York City during the holidays to experience the beauty, […]

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10 gifts for Yule

Yule gifts should be useful but also fun and desired.  It falls on December 21, the longest night of the year, and celebrates the Winter Solstice.  Read the History of Yule here.  Following are 10 ideas for Yule gifts, some to make or put together yourself, and some to purchase.  Blessed Be! 1.  Amy Brown […]

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December 17, 2012

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Best costumes from Salem

Here are the rest of the photos from my trip.  No city beats Salem for inventive costumes and ‘spirit,’ although Manhattan comes close with their Annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade (postponed this year til next week).  Anyone who wants to have a fun time should book their hotel early for next year.  I know I […]

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