June 27, 2016
We had just walked out of the Colosseum in Rome after several hours of exploring the secluded nooks and crannies - which are numerous - of the two-millennia-old building. A tour bus pulled up and disgorged a dozen harried passengers, who dutifully formed up as if in a police lineup, took their selfies with the building in the background, and reboarded the bus. The incident happened so fast that Michael didn't even make any headway on his melting cone of gelato. During our travels, we run into many people who are diligently checking items off their bucket list.
June 3, 2016 |
Q: I thought I could be the cool mom and let my daughter's boyfriend stay with us since he's having problems at home. Even though they are discreet, I know they've had sex under my roof, which weirds me out. I've already told my daughter he could stay until he gets himself together. He's a really nice kid and has had nothing but bad luck in his life. But this is keeping me up at night. My partner says I' m a hypocrite and making too big a deal of this since he and I aren't married. Help!
August 31, 2015 |
'Don't smell it before you eat it," the Icelandic waitress warned me. I stared down at the cubes of rotten, fermented shark in front of me. The smell of ammonia wafted past my nose, and before I lost my nerve, I speared the shark, chewed it hastily, and washed the whole business down with a searing shot of schnapps the Icelanders not-so-affectionately dub "The Black Death. " Now that I'd conquered the infamous hakarl, I sat back in satisfaction, but not with just my adventures in galling gastronomy.
February 20, 2015
IN MAGIC, the act of turning an object into a completely different thing is known as "transformation. " But recently, it was conjurer Jeff Hobson who was altered in a significant way. Hobson is one of seven wizards who on Tuesday begin a six-day, eight-performance run in "The Illusionists" at the Academy of Music. They're on a national tour, following a successful end-of-2014 Broadway run. According to the veteran entertainer, his time in the Big Apple made him see the city in an entirely new light.
February 2, 2015 |
It had been at the top of my bucket list for several years, so when circumstances made it possible for me to travel in the winter of 2014, I quickly booked my trip the preceding spring. Who could have predicted that such a brutal winter lay ahead? With one crippling winter storm after another, the obvious question posed by friends after learning of my upcoming vacation was where I was headed. More than a few brows were raised when I meekly replied, "Antarctica. " After coping with the relentless weather and five days without power in February, even I began to question the wisdom of my choice.
November 24, 2014 |
THE LAST THING Dan Vassallo had on his running bucket list was to qualify for the United States Olympic Team Trials. In fact, throughout the duration of yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon, that's all that was on the 29-year-old Peabody, Mass., native's mind. That is until there was about a mile left to go and the gap between he and Birhanu Dare Kemal - an Ethiopian who lives in Manhattan - was starting to close. "I didn't think I was going to be able to catch him," Vassallo said.
April 15, 2013 |
My 20-year-old daughter Arielle had just spent five months studying in Brisbane and touring Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand when I joined her in Sydney. Upon my arrival, she shared everything she loved about the land down under - friendly Aussies, beautiful beaches, and outdoor activities. She'd been surfing, bungee-jumping, and skydiving. I assured her that none of those were on my bucket list. "How about the bridge climb?" she asked. I wanted to say yes, but the thought of scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge's arch, nearly 500 feet above the water, was terrifying.
April 9, 2013 |
Hugh Campbell started running at age 86, joined a running club at 87, and broke the world indoor record in 3,000 meters for his age group at the University of Delaware last month, at 88. "They got all excited," said Campbell, "because they found when they had a world-record beater, there was a need for a drug test, and they didn't know what in the world to do about it. " He waited for nearly an hour as officials huddled. "The new masters drug-testing rules were difficult to interpret," said Robin Jefferis, a meet official.
December 9, 2012
This website is a handy tool you can use to build your bucket list from travel photos shared by your Facebook friends, as well as a visual portal into your friends' vacations. Name: Traverie.com What it does: Imports travel photos posted by your Facebook friends and organizes them by city and country. You can keep track of where they have been and where you hope to go. What's hot: The "Dream" mode is the most inspirational. Traverie rolls out a location across your screen with a collage of travel photos taken by your Facebook friends.
September 10, 2012
'I'll always remember what you told me, Dad," my son Dan said to me one afternoon when he was 18. "Never give up on Bruce. " Danny had been a Bruce Springsteen fan since eighth grade and Born in the U.S.A . He and his best friend, Robert, almost wore the grooves off the song "My Hometown," in which Bruce sang, "In '65 tension was running high at my high school "There was a lot of fights between the black and white ...