The couple’s great-grandson opens up to CountryLiving.com about their haunting love story.

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BY ROSE MINUTAGLIO

It’s a heart-wrenching scene: an elderly man and woman cling to each other in bed, silently watching the icy ocean waters rush into their cabin, rising up around them. He clasps her hand and gently kisses her on the cheek. They await their fate.

While Titanic director James Cameron, who celebrates the 20th anniversary of his Oscar-winning film on December 19, took some artistic license on the moment, the ill-fated lovers in the scene are based on two very real people: Isidor Straus, 67, and his wife Ida Straus, 63. The couple owned Macy’s (yes, that Macy’s)…


The migraines I thought I’d left behind in my teens are back with a vengeance in my 50s.

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BY JILL GLEESON

I’m not alone. Migraines affect more than 38 million people in the United States, resulting in 113 million lost workdays a year, costing American employers $13 billion annually. The World Health Organization classifies it as the most disabling neurologic disease on the planet and it’s even worse for women. A study from the Women’s Health Initiative found that three times more women experience migraines than men.

Migraines affect more than 38 million Americans, resulting in 113 million lost workdays a year.

Many of the symptoms I experience are common to other sufferers. According to migraine expert Elizabeth…


A Seattle family’s multi-generational compound is redefining retirement.

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BY MARIA CARTER

When Meredith Stannard, 66, retired from her job earlier this year, her soon-to-be-former coworkers couldn’t wait to see the tiny house she and her partner Elyse Zandonella, 69, had decided to downsize into. “Everybody was curious,” she says. “I started doing these happy hours where I’d have one or two people over at a time. There’s a lot of buzz with people wondering if they could do this too.”

Last November, the couple moved from a 1,300-square-foot home in west Seattle to a 613-square-foot cottage in the backyard of a house owned by their daughter Drew, 33…


Some say nine different ghosts walk the grounds of the Louisiana bed-and-breakfast.

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BY MARIA CARTER

There are lots of supposedly haunted places in the South, but Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, roughly 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, may just be home to the region’s most alleged ghosts per square foot. In fact, the mansion’s former owner, Frances Kermeen, takes it a step further, calling the house the most haunted in America.

Frances and her former husband, James, bought the plantation-turned-inn in 1980 after visiting it while on vacation. They were in their 20s at the time and knew little about the property’s history. By the time they would leave, more…


After I let an interior designer friend talk me into buying a white couch, I told myself it would be easy to maintain.

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BY MELANIE SHANKLE

It starts when we are little girls. We see Cinderella find her Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty awakened by true love’s kiss, and best of all, Snow White living with seven dwarves who whistle while they work, and we think to ourselves, “How can I have that?” Eventually we graduate to more sophisticated and complicated love stories that play out on our movie and TV screens, and we wonder why not one man has ever barged into girls’ night at our house and declared, “You complete me.”

We all have a tendency to compare our lives to others’…

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