May 18, 2014 |
Thanks to our loving and benevolent parents, my brother Dan and I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida numerous times. However, on all those trips, we never met a Hollywood celebrity while there - well, none that made any real impact on me. We did see Cher from a distance while dining at the Rainforest Café in Animal Kingdom in 1999. But I was only 5 at the time and didn't know Cher from Sonny or Chaz Bono, to be honest. Well, this time, the result was far different. The cast of the ABC hit show The Middle happened to be filming in the Magic Kingdom the March day we visited, so we decided to stay near Space Mountain and watch the filming of the show's season finale.
May 13, 2014 |
TOM SAVAGE had to wait a bit longer than some expected, but the Springfield, Delaware County native is headed to perhaps an ideal situation. The Houston Texans, led by former Penn State coach and noted quarterback guru Bill O'Brien, made Savage the 120th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday, taking him with a compensatory selection late in the fourth round. "It means a lot," Savage said on a conference call with Houston reporters. "I think it's a great organization and I'm excited to get in there and just start working.
May 12, 2014 |
Going on vacation always wakes up the adventurer in me; I want to try new things and seize life one tourist trap at a time. On a recent trip to Cozumel, Mexico, it was with this mind-set that my good friend and I set out to find this experience. As a seasoned vacationer, I knew what sort of day to expect. There would be shopping for souvenirs that were cheap and made of somewhat questionable materials. There would be snorkeling. But more important, there would be free margaritas at the local bar for any patron over the tender age of 13. After having one (free!
May 7, 2014 |
So I go to my bookshelf to find Ibsen's Peer Gynt , and discover that I do indeed have a copy - but it's in Norwegian, a souvenir bought in a little shop in a little town high up in the mountains of Norway. A fat lot of good that will do me. Should I go to the bookstore? To the library? To Gutenberg.org? But no: I decide to see EgoPo's production of Gint (the Americanized title of Romulus Linney's adaptation) as if it were a new work, and just let this famous (but unread) play reveal itself to me onstage.
May 5, 2014 |
My husband and I were on our first trip to Africa, a 17-plus-hour trip to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. I was filled with the same senses of trepidation and awe that I experience on other long flights. I knew I would arrive halfway around the world tired, but still energized by the prospect of a safari in the Serengeti. What I didn't expect was the kindness and warmth of tribal women. We chose an organized tour that promised a safari adventure with no more than 16 travelers. The tour included several cultural visits to a Masai village, with local craftspeople, and inside a government elementary school.
May 1, 2014 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nearly a half century of Aprils have passed since 18-year-old stablehand Art Sherman shared a sleeping bag with a groom on a 4-day cross-country train ride destined for Churchill Downs. They were accompanying the best race horse ever born in California to his date with Kentucky Derby glory. The legendary Swaps, who would eventually set six world records, upset the heavily favored Nashua in the 1955 Derby. A once-in-a-lifetime horse, Swaps would eventually get a statue at Hollywood Park and a permanent place in the heart of that teenager who would become his exercise rider.
April 28, 2014 |
Twenty-nine years ago, in 1985, I traveled to Mekele, Ethiopia, for a six-month stay under the auspices of an African relief agency to participate in famine relief. It proved to be my most life-changing experience. We lived in Haile Selassie's empty summer castle, commuted by truck to the famine camps, and worked alongside other international groups inoculating, feeding, and hydrating the thousands displaced and affected by the ongoing drought. Life-changing, heartwarming, moving. rewarding only begin to express the experience.
April 21, 2014 |
They told Donna Gilbert the person whose head was wrapped in bandages and whose body was a crush of broken bones was her daughter. But there was no way Gilbert could tell from looking at her, so swollen and bruised was her face. It was only after she checked for her daughter's butterfly tattoo on a thigh that she was sure. "He [the doctor] said 'Prepare yourself for the worst,' " Gilbert recalled. "I kept shaking my head and saying, 'No, this isn't my daughter.' "So we pulled the sheet up and saw the tattoo and that was it. " Hours earlier, Gilbert's daughter, Jacqueline, had been flown by medevac helicopter from Chambersburg in Southeastern Pennsylvania to the Hershey Medical Center after her 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt veered off northbound Route 11, slid on its side, and smashed into a utility pole.
April 20, 2014 |
For my son's high school graduation gift, I decided we would travel to Africa. When we vacationed together in the past, we visited national parks in the United States and Central America because we wanted to experience wildlife in its natural habitats. What better way to culminate our adventures than a safari in Africa? The planning began. I desired a remote setting in a safe and progressive country that respected its natural treasures and worked diligently to protect them. Also, I longed for a camping experience where we lived in tents and ate outside by a wood fire.
April 14, 2014 |
It was December 2013 when my plane dropped from the sky. We collectively clenched, wondering if our seat cushions really floated, and slammed down onto what I hoped was the runway. The pilot's voice filled the cabin. "We made it!" The woman next to me squeezed my hand and I thought, "Were we not supposed to?" When we passed several goats penned alongside the runway, I realized this was just how one landed on the tiny island of Grenada. Grenada is in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, about 90 miles off the coast of Venezuela.