Take a trip to Sarasota’s Marie Selby Gardens to see a dazzling orchid display

SARASOTA — Enter the Tropical Conservatory at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and you’re immediately greeted by a living wall of purple, gold and white orchids set among lush greenery, while the twinkling notes of 1920s jazz music sets a celebratory mood.

It’s a fitting entrance for the “45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling,” which celebrates a number of occasions.

This year is the 100th anniversary of William and Marie Selby’s purchase of the land where the gardens opened 45 years ago. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The living wall at the entrance is a nod to the women’s suffragette movement, using the colors of both the British and American groups — purple, gold, white and green.

Flowers on the Suffrage Celebration Wall of Orchids in the Tropical Conservatory during the 45th Anniversary Orchid
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Planning a Trip: Travel Advice During The Pandemic

Planning a Trip: Travel Advice During The Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak threatened the world and public health drastically over the past several months. Lockdowns and other restrictions are necessary measures to save lives, but they have changed our lifestyles and limited our opportunities to move freely significantly.

Since COVID-19 first appeared, late December last year, about 35,500,000 people have been infected and more than 1.000,000 have died worldwide. The numbers are frightening, and they continue to rise, therefore the countries all over the world have established travel advisories and rules to help us stay safe. If you do wish to travel or if you cannot avoid it due to family obligations or work, here is everything you need to know before you depart. 

Things to consider before you leave 

First things first, you should ask yourself whether you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or if you live with someone who might be. It is

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How I used points and miles to save over $6,000 on a last-minute trip to Europe



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Last month, I had to book a last-minute round-trip ticket to Prague for a family matter. Despite the country being closed to Americans due to coronavirus, I was able to enter with my Czech passport as I’m a dual citizen. Current travel restrictions mean fewer airlines are offering U.S. to Europe flights right now, so fares can be all over the place. Some days fares are super cheap while others are extremely expensive.

Unfortunately, the latter was true in my case. I was searching for flights four days before departure. Flights with one-stop were pricing at $6,400 round-trip in business class, which was way outside of my price range.

This is similar to how last-minute flights to Europe

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A clandestine road trip powers Jessica Barry’s skillful second thriller

Authors of mystery novels and domestic thrillers tend to follow an old etiquette rule: in polite society, avoid talk of religion and politics. That may sound quaint, but many of us read these sorts of books with the expectation that our minds will be troubled by no more than the crisis on the page. “Don’t Turn Around,” the sophomore effort by Jessica Barry (“Freefall“), a pseudonym for a former publishing industry insider who now lives in Portland, entwines a tale of suspense with topical subject matter, and the result shows that she has both the courage of her convictions and an impressive cut to her imagination.

Cover courtesy of HarperCollins

As “Don’t Turn Around” opens, it’s about midnight, and 25-year-old Cait Monaghan is parked in her Jeep in front of a McMansion in Lubbock, Texas; the house “wasn’t what she was used to, though by now she knew that she

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Business trip during pandemic: testing, empty airports, lonely takeout

  • Alan Kearl is a beauty industry executive experienced in operations, finance, and strategy.
  • After losing his job during the pandemic, he was sheltering in place in Maine.
  • So he had mixed emotions when he was offered a consulting gig that would require travel.
  • Overall, he’s felt safe traveling, but has noticed a lot of big changes in airports and hotels.
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As a C-level executive in the beauty industry, having worked for companies like Estée Lauder and tarte, I normally travel over 100,000 miles and spend more than 35 nights in hotels annually. 

But, since the start of the pandemic, I lost my job and have been sheltering in place. While I craved a return to my normal routine, I wasn’t keen to dramatically increase my exposure to COVID-19. So it was with mixed emotions that I accepted a consulting gig that would require

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Steve Doocy: I told my dad I’d pay for a trip anywhere in the world. Here’s where we ended up

This past week my wife Kathy and I released our brand new #1 NY Times Best-selling “Happy in a Hurry Cookbook,” which is not only a wonderful assortment of delicious recipes, it’s also a collection of Doocy family stories from our 30+ years of marriage.

If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about how much during the pandemic we all miss traveling, going somewhere, anywhere and that has had me remembering one of my favorite trips ever.

When my mom died, my parents had been planning on taking the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. But my dad said he couldn’t go without her and never used the tickets.

Later that same year I asked my dad whether there was any other place on Earth he’d like to visit and after he said, “No,” I stunned myself by saying “I’ll pay,” sounding like a dot-com billionaire who’d bought Amazon at

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We’ve been married 42 years. I cook, clean and take care of our finances. He paid for a trip to Paris, then asked for the money back

By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

‘He pretends to forget to pick up flowers. We have not been to a movie together for the longest time’

Dear Moneyist,

I have been married for 42 years. He is a nice man, with a good personality and great social skills.

I do housework and take care of other appointments as needed. I cook, do small home repairs and painting, etc., and take care of all our financial planning. I worked in a medical career. He was in IT at a prestigious university.

I am getting older. He has this idea that I have all of this money. I do not. I manage it. Everything is in both our names. I manage all our finances. His income is five times my income.

He has always been very passive-aggressive. If I ask him for help with tasks, he acts very put-upon and I end up angry.

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NASA wants to know what you’d pack on a trip to the Moon

We’re still many years away from casual consumer trips to the Moon, but it’s easy to fantasize about such trips. NASA is getting in on the fun with a new campaign presenting the public with a simple question: what would you pack if you were taking your own lunar trip? NASA is encouraging anyone interested to share a picture of what’s in their bag (for this imagined Moon trip) using its new #NASAMoonKit social campaign.

Any trip into space would require a bunch of specialized equipment, of course, and one would likely spend most of their time admiring the vastness of space, the Moon, and the views of our planet. However, everyone needs some downtime to relax, and that’s where one’s personal belongings would come in. What would you bring to pass the time?

NASA is currently working on its Artemis lunar mission with the goal of returning a couple

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Dog is My Co-Pilot: Tips for Taking a Road Trip Alone with Your Furkid | Lifestyles

Pack your car for convenience

Make a thoughtful list of everything you’ll need, keeping in mind that stopping for new snacks or supplies with your pet will be a challenge. Arrange the space in your car so everything you need for your pet is easy to access when he needs it, including pet travel bowls, treats, waste bags, medication, leashes, first aid kit, toys, and blankets.

Potty breaks

Meeting Rover’s potty needs is simple: head to the nearest rest stop, and make sure you keep waste bags and supplies on hand to clean up after him. 

Managing your own potty breaks, however, is a bit more complicated. Pets shouldn’t be left alone in a car, so what can you do when nature calls?  Find a pet-friendly business, and use their restroom. Pet stores like Petco and PetSmart, and pet-friendly hotel chains like Red Roof Inn, La Quinta, and Motel 6,

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The Photography Book Taking a Trip Around the World’s Most Charismatic Homes

Moshe Mayer’s striking modernist design for the Hôtel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing

“With this book, I wanted to tell a story. The story of these incredible homes, their uniqueness, and their identity. Much like how a film brings to light, in certain angles, the soul of a place,” says Salvaing. “For example, with Villa Planchard, it seemed essential to me to showcase the strong personality of this residence, which was conceived and designed by Gio Ponti for a couple of art collectors. The place is a bit like a movie character, whose personality was forged from its history, its volumes, the light that crosses it…it was a soul and life I wanted to capture.”

The book’s cover features a living space at Villa Planchart, the color-filled home in Caracas, Venezuela that owners Anala and Armando Planchart commissioned from architect Gio Ponti.Photo courtesy of:
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