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July 2011

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 








She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!


Bon Voyage!




On The Road to Our Nation's Capital

This is such a critial time in our nation's history - the unthinkable possibility that our country could go into a government default has a lot of people more than concerned.  Call it coincidence, but this just happens to be the the week I am in Washington D.C. on my family vacation!  Now, I understand this is a news town to begin with - every restuarant, bar, etc. has CNN, C-Span, MSNBC on their HD-TVs - where in Chicago, we're used to sports...but this week I'd venture to guess more eyes than usual were glued to those news screens.

I took this opportunity to include a civics lesson in our trip.  I had arranged early on to tour the White House, Library of Congress and the Capitol, (which anyone can do through your senator or representative's office).  I was also able to add "Breakfast With The Constituents," to our agenda - a public forum held by our Senators Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk, where we, the people can ask questions.  I prompted my 15 year old daughter to prepare a question, and was most proud when she came up with one, right away.  The day of the forum, she stood up with confidence, identified herself and asked the senators "Do you think 'No Child Left Behind' is working, and if the debt ceiling issue is not resolved, how will that affect my education?"


Both senators agreed that No Child Left Behind needs a major overhaul.  The thing that surprised me, was 30 minutes out of the 45 allowed were spent answering questions about education!  Not one question came up about the debt ceiling.  

I was also proud of my daughter as we toured the Capitol.  We were able to sit in for a brief time at both the House and the Senate.  She listened intently as Senator Charles Shumer (D - NY) argued his case regarding the debt crisis.  She even asked me a couple of questions to make sure she understood correctly.  An educational experience of a lifetime!

Don't get me wrong - we had plenty of time to be tourists!  We visited the Newseum (one of my favorites) and several of the Smithsonian Museums from the National Air and Space Museum to the Museum of National History.  They were all amazing.


As my vacation comes to an end, I'll return to work with a renewed sense of patriotism - even though the debt crisis is still unresolved.  I have a better understanding of our government, seeing it up close and personal, and seeing it through the eyes of a teenager.  It gives me a glimmer of hope that as our forefathers got it right 235 years ago - our current leaders will too.