| Feb 19, 2006
She's not supposed to be here.
Kimmie Meissner's Olympic plan called for a showdown with the world's best figure skaters at the 2010 Winter Games.
Tear up the blueprint. She's ready now.
Like an escalator on full power, Meissner rose through the...
| Feb 21, 2006
For the Olympian from Bel Air, Jeff Kappus shipped a good luck bag of carrots.
Kimmie Meissner, the Harford County figure skater, used to stop by Kappus' Subway shop in Churchville every afternoon and started adding carrots to her daily turkey sub...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:52 AM
SIMSBURY — Leah Black, 11, held a baby bottle for the pink and brown-spotted baby pig she was cradling in her arms.
"The last time I did this and he kept following me around," Leah said. "He's Paul the baby pig."
Feeding the pig was part of a...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:12 PM
"Are we there yet?"
The common whine of children traveling with their parents goes into full, high-pitched throttle this time of year with the long-honored tradition of the family vacation.
And this summer, a whole lot of us are venturing forth. The...
| May 1, 2014
| 10:30 AM
For once, I got something I really wanted for Mother's Day -- and it didn't involve anyone shopping for a gift I could do without.
I'm spending a May weekend with two of my three kids. Maybe that doesn't sound like much but when your kids live far from...
| May 22, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Is grandma packed?
There's a good chance she and grandpa are going along on your summer vacation whether it's to a week at the beach, to Yellowstone or Orlando, and there's also a good chance they're leading the way -- and paying for, or for much of, the...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Pity the California dad.
He had spent a lot of money to take his wife and three daughters on an adventure trip to Costa Rica -- idyllic remote eco lodges, nesting sea turtles, monkeys in the trees, butterfly gardens. As adventures went, it hit all the...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:00 PM
AAH ... the blessed sunshine, the white sand beach that stretches for 12 miles, the happy parents and giggling kids building sandcastles and playing.
That's right. It may be mid-January but Turks and Caicos' famous Grace Bay Beach is packed with...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Family reunions are just around the corner for many. Planning for this type of trip is important, as these reunions that offer opportunities to reconnect, catch up on each other’s lives and have fun together can also be tricky to arrange...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Restaurateur, cookbook author and chef Cat Cora holds the distinction of being the first female Iron Chef. The television personality ("Around the World in 80 Plates") is based out of Santa Barbara, Calif., where she lives with her wife and children....
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:07 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped off the plane Monday morning from a family vacation in Indonesia into a city blanketed in a winter freeze and quickly addressed the optics of his absence from Chicago in the run-up to some of the nastiest weather the area has...