Recent Posts on LB Living Better Out Loud (a blog):

Planning Train Trip #4 and Reminiscing About What Can Go Wrong!

It's hard to believe that a little more than two years ago, I had never been on a train in the United States.  Now we have more than 15,000 miles under our belts and we are planning our fourth trip.  It will be our first winter trip and as always I would love to hear your suggestions. Below is a
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Summer Bucket List 2016 Printable

  Summer Bucket List 2016 ~It’s hard to believe that I have been making Summer Bucket Lists for more than a decade now.  A simple exercise for children and adults, I have to say I treasure the old lists as much as I do our old family photos.  Each list is a funny, sentimental, diary-like glimpse into our family’s past.  The
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Train Travel Talk ~ April 11, 2016

**** Train Travel Talk is rescheduled for April 11, 2016! **** Who knew that the first day of Spring would bring a snow storm to Cape Cod??  I am thankful that the Sandwich Women's Club wanted to reschedule this Train Travel Book Talk as soon as possible! Hope you can make it!  Ideas for travel and adventure of all kinds but most
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March 21st Inaugural Book Talk in Sandwich!

March 21st is the Inaugural book talk for my new, yet to be published book, Beyond the Rails~ USA Cross Country Train Travel. Free and open to the public, please join us at the beautiful Daniel Webster Inn for fun and conversation.  Leave inspired to plan a trip of a lifetime! Bring your questions!
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“You do you, Mom”

"You do you, Mom."  I've grown to love this snarky little comment my teenager drops every time I'm doing, saying or being something that is either inherently embarrassing, ridiculous or just a giant waste of time in my child's mind. She says it with a smirk that suggests she knows me well enough to know that I am most likely going to
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An Irish “Cuppa” Tea… Just Try and Say No

Having a "cuppa" is an Irish expression I learned to love during an extended stay a few years ago.  The question, "Will you have a cuppa?", whether it was asked by the waitress in the pub or the next door neighbor carried with it a non-negotiable response.  In other words, if you are invited for a cup of tea, then
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Dear Coach, …Sincerely, Every Parent

Dear Coach, Here is my child, a player for your team. This is difficult for me because I am entrusting you with a child I love more than life itself. It seems silly that a volunteer with 8 games and 6 practices can shape my child’s life, but it’s true. So coach, there are a few things I wanted you to
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24 Minutes on the Google Timer

You can do anything for 24 minutes. You can even write and publish a blog post (we shall see).  Why 24 minutes you might ask, well I don't have a good reason for choosing this number, it just seemed a reasonable amount of time that I could work productively before needing a break. And the truth is, it's working!  I'm using
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