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Discover the recently opened Hawks Cay Resort on a small Island midway down the Florida Keys

by Diana in hotel-addict.com posted on January 7, 2019 This resort is part family fun, part adults-only getaway Hawks Cay Resort doubles as a retreat for couples and an action-packed family getaway. Located half way down the Florida Keys, the resort has only recently reopened after a $50 million renovation post-Hurricane Irma. But back it […]

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Heading South of the Border

by Diana in Forever Young January 2019 “This land is your land” is booming on the car stereo as we cross the Peace Bridge. The sun is sparkling off Lake Erie on our right, the sky grey, the trees naked, and sadly green grass with only patches of snow. What was originally conceived of us […]

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Cruising the Danube

by Diana in Forever Young January 2019 “The goal is to die with memories, not dreams,” said our animated British cruise director Darren Collins, speaking to us in the Panorama Lounge of Emerald Waterways’ newest ship, the Emerald Destiny. My 85-year-old mother and I were two of 139 passengers cruising over 550 kilometres up the […]

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River’s Edge: Explore Both Sides of the Danube in Historic Budapest

by Diana in Travel Life Magazine in Fall 2018 A stunning urban landscape, the Hungarian capital, is visually beautiful—with its cobblestone streets, churches, synagogues and castles—and the Danube river cutting through its centre. The river divides Budapest into what were once two separate cities. Buda on one side is quieter, with medieval streets, rolling hills […]

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Island Duality: Middle Caicos and Provo – Exploring Turks & Caicos Two Ways

by Diana in Travel Life Magazine Fall 2018 I love islands because of the calm feeling I get near water and the solitude of being set apart. So how could I turn down a trip to Turks & Caicos, which has 40 islands—only eight of which are inhabited—with some of the most beautiful beaches on […]

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8 Off-the-Beaten Path Ski Destinations in Canada

by Diana in besthealthmag.ca in December 2018 Top destinations in Canada for a wintery wilderness workout Skoki Lodge, Alberta Getting to Skoki Lodge, just outside the village of Lake Louise, involves cross-country skiing 11 kilometres over a mountain pass, through woods and across a frozen lake. (Admittedly, Prince William and Kate arrived here by helicopter for […]

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Southern Getaway: 5 Reasons to Visit Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

by Diana in Travel Life Magazine Winter 2017 Many people equate Hilton Head with golfing, but this South Carolina island is about far more than swinging a club. With its southern hospitality, delicious seafood, beautiful beaches, plethora of cycling trails and Gullah culture, it’s no wonder that both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler […]

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Toronto’s Hotel Scene

by Diana in Forever Young in September 2018 In Canada’s most diverse and cosmopolitan city, the hotel competition is fierce. Toronto’s luxury hotels boast some of the cities’ finest spas and dining options, so visitors to the city and residents are benefitting from the choice.  Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Looming 55 floors into the Toronto […]

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The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving By Diana in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of  Best Health Magazine There are days where I sit alone in my office and feel like I am having an existential crisis. Although I trained both as a clinical social worker and journalist, I ended up working as a writer and editor, […]

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Beating the Blues: Depression in older adults is not normal

by Diana in YOUAREUNLTD posted November 22, 2018 Usually happy and outgoing, John Rake* was utterly bereft after his wife died last year, after 68 years of being together. “He would tell me, ‘Life isn’t worth living. I just want to die,’” says his daughter Lisa from her home in Toronto. “He was scared. He thought […]

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