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An award-winning writer based in Richmond, Joan Tupponce is a parent, grandparent, and self-admitted Disney freak. She writes about anything and everything and enjoys meeting inspiring people and telling their stories.

    What’s Fresh in Florida?

    As we walk into New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort, that same rush of excitement washes over me. It's the feeling I experienced years ago, stationed in front of the television to watch Walt Disney create magical moments every…

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    Now Hear This!

    Charlotte Steele put in a call to a repairman recently when she heard an odd clicking sound coming from her electric stove. She had purchased the stove three years ago and had never heard that noise before. When the repairman…

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    Light the Night!

    Each year, families across the Richmond area illuminate the night and the holidays with a dizzying array of lights and decorations that attract thousands of visitors in cars, in buses, and even on foot. Of course, lots of folks decorate…

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    Instrumental Inspiration

    The American Youth Harp Ensemble performs in some of the world's most prestigious venues, yet many people in Richmond aren't aware that the world-class group exists. The group's founder and artistic director, Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia, hopes to change that dynamic. On…

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    The Love Of Learning

    Think back to the schools of yesteryear, the ones you and your siblings may have attended. Whether public or parochial there was most likely one teacher and one classroom for each grade. Children walked to their neighborhood school and knew…

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    All Aboard The Fantasy

    There's a lot to love about Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, especially for a Disney fanatic like myself. The 4,000-passenger ship captures not only the latest in technology, but also the magical spirit that makes Disney one…

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    Winning Teams!

    Everyone knows exercise can help you get fit and lose weight, but there are benefits that go far beyond those physical changes. Families like these three have discovered that the road to a healthy lifestyle can be a bonding experience…

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    Mommy Mentor

    She may be the author of two books and the past host of the PBS television series “Hannah, Help Me!” but those noteworthy accomplishments take a backseat to Hannah Keeley’s family. The mother of seven made a definitive choice years…

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    Due North!

    It’s time for the usual fall rituals, everything from leaf peeping to pumpkin picking. While many people follow the traditional pilgrimage along the Blue Ridge Mountains, you may want to steer your family off the beaten path and make an…

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