is two gifts in one! For children 8+ we suggest Explorer,
the interactive talking globe that combines six fun games
with interactive geography lessons. Just by touching this
globe with its "magic pen," youngsters can access
1000's of world facts -- discover what time it is in any
country, hear a sample of their music, learn about their
money, find out how large or small the population is,
and lots, lots more. It's no accident that this toy manufactured
by Leapfrog is the winner of five educational awards.
has not forgotten the much younger children either. For
little journeygirls and boys (3+) there's the Junior
Explorer Globe. How clever and how perfect for
a tot with an inquisitive mind. This electronic, interactive
globe and "magic pen" allows kiddies to explore
the world at their level discovering animals, music, languages
and amazing places. Just touch the pen to any brightly
coloured picture and let the fun begin. (www.leapfrog.com)
can't leave out the guys...
the sweet man in your life I suggest the title, The
Travel Doctor: Your guide to staying healthy while you
travel. This book is written by Mark Wise, adventurer
and family doctor who specializes in travel and tropical
medicine. It covers everything travellers need to know
about maintaining physical and emotional well-being from
the start of their journey to their post-travel concerns.
Included are major topics such as inoculations, infectious
diseases, culture shock, jet lag and safety issues. The
writer's style is lighthearted and very easy to read.
The Travel Doctor is also on Journeywoman's list of favorites
because it includes comprehensive chapters on the medical
needs of the female traveller, advice on travelling with
kids as well as travelling to adopt. Good for you, Mark
Wise -- Journeywoman salutes you! Website: www.drwisetravel.com
add the following very "hot" gift and your guy will love
you forever. Leatherman offers a pocket-sized series
all-in-one contemporary stainless steel multi-tools. Journeywoman
loves their new Juice series in bright, primary colors.
Check for the S2 scissors unit in orange or the CS4 corkscrew
and scissors model in blue.
Be sure to remind the recipient to pack his Leatherman
in his checked luggage. It's much too terrific to have
some official take it away during a customs check. Visit:
for further information and the dealer nearest you.
gift for friends who love to drive...
You can't miss with this
one. Drive I-95 written by husband and
wife team, Sandra Phillips and Stan Posner
guides you exit by exit from Boston to the sunny Florida
border and back. It contains every bit of practical information
a driver needs and then some -- easy to read maps, 24-hr
gas stations, interesting eats and sleeps along the way,
radar traps, fun places to visit, and radio stations to
listen to as you drive I-95. Add to that the book's entertaining
anecdotes, fun trivia and travel tips and you have an
absolute winner. For further information visit: www.driveI95.com
words on giving...
The fragrance always remains
in the hand
that gives the rose.
(Heda Bejar, Peacemaking, 1989)
A cheerful giver does not
count the cost
what she gives. Her heart is set on pleasing
and cheering him to whom the gift is given.
(Julien of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, 1373)
We are rich only through
what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
(Anne Sophie, The Writings of Madame Swetchine, 1869)
You cannot give to people
what they are incapable of receiving.
(Agatha Christie, Funerals are fatal, 1953)
There is only one real deprivation,
this morning, and that is not to be able
to give one's gifts to those one loves most.
(May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, 1973)
Happy holidays, everybody!