An amazing journey to see the sea turtles lay their eggs
Turtle tracks on the beach in Costa Rica

An amazing journey to see the sea turtles lay their eggs

Tortuguero is all about the turtles. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (www.ccturtle.org) is the oldest sea turtle conservation anywhere and the program here -- more than 30 years old -- has documented an over 400 per cent increase in green turtle nesting here. For a $25 donation to the Conservation Corporation, I adopt a turtle tag # 105549.

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Mixing two cultures at a local school
Visiting with schoolkids in Costa Rica

Mixing two cultures at a local school

We parents of course notice what their schools are missing-computers, air conditioning, enough room for the children to go to school full days. Sarah Kate Garrett, at nine the youngest in our group, immediately makes friends with nine-year-old Maria.

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Taking the kids — when they have autism
Eric Revell, 6, flies high.

Taking the kids — when they have autism

Traveling with kids, especially young ones, we all know is never easy. They don't want to let go of their "lovey" to put it on the security belt at an airport. They get impatient in long lines, hate to sit still on airplanes and may cry and spill their drinks. And the passengers, restaurant patrons or hotel guests in the vicinity may not be sympathetic to the beleaguered parent's plight.

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Volunteering in New Orleans (where they still need a lot of help)
Common Ground Relief effort in New Orleans

Volunteering in New Orleans (where they still need a lot of help)

All along the block in the middle-class Lakeview neighborhood where the Strauss family lives, less than a mile from the 17th Street Canal levee break, are houses in various stages of construction. Some are still boarded up; others are brand new, with flowers planted outside. Fewer than half the houses in the neighborhood are occupied.

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Families working to help the Strausses get back into their home
Volunteers at the Strauss home in New Orleans

Families working to help the Strausses get back into their home

Eleven year old Izzie Alley, who is from suburban New York, is looking around the converted garage where the Strauss Family is living while their house is being rebuilt in…

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It’s New Orleans — LET’S EAT!
Brennans Restaurant in New Orleans

It’s New Orleans — LET’S EAT!

I think New Orleans is a great city to encourage kids to sample food they might not have tried before (Turtle Soup, or fried alligator anyone?) Every restaurant has its own version of gumbo, the rich seafood stew. But there are also plenty of places to get a burger, pasta or chicken fingers. Here’s just a sampling of the good eats I enjoyed in my few days in New Orleans recently. And I certainly left my diet at home (unfortunately).

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