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Victoria Winterhalter is a mother, teacher, reader, and writer on the education and environment beats for RFM. She has been with RFM since its founding in 2009 and has contributed photos and written numerous articles on education, parenting, and family travel.

    So-Long-Summer Getaway

    As summer winds down, you might be like me – longing for one last break before it’s back to hectic after-school schedules, hours of homework, and heavy backpacks. Maybe your week at the beach feels like ages ago, or you…

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    Ace in the Hills!

    Different people relax in different ways. My family often opts to loaf on the beach, reading books. Okay, maybe that’s just me. But when we arrived at ACE Adventure Resort in southern West Virginia, it was clear many others prefer…

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    Safe Harbor

    Maria was sixty-five when she made the difficult and dangerous decision to leave her abusive husband. After eighteen years of marriage, she fled her home state to seek refuge with family in Richmond. Maria hoped for a fresh start, but…

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    Candy is Dandy, But…

    I’ve always loved Halloween. In fact, I encourage dressing up all the time with my kids. Capes. Sombreros. Pirate patches. Tutus. My daughters’ closets are filled with an assortment of costume pieces and parts. One minute they are fairies, the…

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    Evolution of Shopping

    When I was a kid, back-to-school shopping was a big deal because my mom would outfit us for the whole year. I remember parading around the dressing room in outfits while my mom humiliated my brothers by testing the roominess…

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    Last-Chance Getaway

    When I moved from New Jersey to Virginia ten years ago, Baltimore immediately became my family’s annual getaway. Once a year, my daughters and I would drive up to meet my mom for a girls’ weekend. While our first trip…

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    Veg Out!

    I’ve been a vegetarian in some shape or form for twenty-five years now. My food journey began when I traveled to France as an exchange student at sixteen and I lived with a family who couldn’t afford meat. Prior to…

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    Raising Honorable Kids

    One night during dinner, a family talk about service took an unforeseeable twist. The discussion went like this: “I want to help others, but I don’t want the teacher to see,” my 6-year-old said. I glanced at my husband, realizing…

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