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by Terry Conway Did you know that parrots are the third most popular pet in the world? Trouble is they live a long time. Cockatoos and Amazonian parrots can reach the age of 75 or older, so there are a lot of bird castaways. In a cozy Dutch colonial house in Melbourne Beach, Fla., Luann …

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Jacksonville Beach’s Casa Marina Hotel: Old Florida charm.

Story by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva – Once known as “The World’s Finest Beach,” Jacksonville Beach on Florida’s northern-most Atlantic coastline basked in the glory of the 1920’s excitement, welcoming a host of celebrities, dignitaries, and even a fair share of gangster-types. At the center of this “playground for the rich and famous,” was a …

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Capturing the Spirit of Ojai

Story and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva The Chumash Indians once made this valley their home. Now it is home to countless artists, musicians and health enthusiasts.  The city that eventually emerged in this California valley became known as Ojai (a Chumash word meaning “the Nest” or “Valley of the Moon”), a community that …

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Coronado – San Diego’s “Enchanted Island”

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva As we sit home bracing for a winter storm predicted to be of “historical proportions,” we long for the warm, sunny climes of San Diego and Coronado Island from which we recently returned. When we planned a visit to these Southern California gems for January, we weren’t sure what to …

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