May 5, 2014 |
DENVER - We were four female independent journalists of a certain age. Let's say circling above and below 50. We were vodka-martini type of women, white wine chilled, maybe in extremis a whiskey on the rocks. We bonded while attending the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver, between meetings on the epidemic of allergic reactions among children, the health dangers of fracking, and a seminar on the effort to map the brain. But while we hustled from meeting to meeting, our reporters' instincts drew us to the big story literally at our doorstep: Marijuana was now legal in Colorado.
February 25, 2013 |
KEY WEST, Fla. - Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south this time of year. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from Miami down through the Keys, where the flat lanes seem to skim you over the blue-and-aquamarine, coral-lined sea before you're vaulted skyward up and over a causeway and on to another island. Swinging back up U.S. 1 to the mainland, we turned west through the Everglades on the Tamiami Trail (Route 41)
February 4, 2013 |
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish police say a New York City woman who went missing and was later found dead in Istanbul had suffered a fatal blow to the head. Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said Sunday that forensic experts had not concluded their autopsy report on the victim, Sarai Sierra, but that it was "clear" the head injury caused her death. NTV, a Turkish broadcaster, says 15 people have been detained for questioning in the case. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was to fly home from a vacation.
October 28, 2012 |
TERAMO, Italy - We came for the scrippelle and the caggiunitti but left with much more. A short, five-day stay in Teramo, a beautiful and historic city in the Abruzzi region of Italy, was in many ways a trip back in time and, for my wife at least, a search for her roots. This was the city of her maternal grandparents and the source, she has pointed out often and with great pride, of most of the mouthwatering cuisine that comes out of our kitchen. Teramo, a city of about 55,000, is both modern and medieval.
August 26, 2010 |
In the heist thriller "Takers," a bank robber praises himself and his colleagues by saying "we see what we want and we take it. " It's getting harder to tell the bankers from the robbers these days, isn't it? Anyway, it's a creed endorsed by the "Takers" creative team, who saw "Heat" and "The Italian Job" and took them - the stories, the shots, the music. Just about everything but the cast, so instead of grizzled veteran tough guys, you have a gang that includes Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, and, I regret to say, Hayden Christensen.
July 30, 2010 |
Pennsylvania cities must all look alike to Canadian bus drivers. Either that or this is a lesson in "you get what you pay for. " What other explanation could there be for an unexpected detour taken on a supercheap bus ride from Toronto to Philadelphia? Paul Lucre, 41, had spent five days in Canada and left Toronto at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He was scheduled to arrive Thursday morning in Philadelphia. He was surprised when he woke up in Harrisburg. The slightly bewildered driver pulled over by the side of the road and went to a nearby shopping area to ask directions, Lucre said.
July 29, 2010 |
Pennsylvania cities must all look alike to Canadian bus drivers. Either that or this is a lesson in "you get what you pay for. " What other explanation could there be for an unexpected detour taken on a supercheap bus ride from Toronto to Philadelphia? Paul Lucre, 41, had spent five days in Canada and left Toronto at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He was scheduled to arrive early Thursday morning in Philadelphia. He was a bit surprised when he woke up in Harrisburg, not ordinarily a stop from Toronto on the Megabus route.
July 11, 2010 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Why didn't we pack our ski pants? Probably because we had only one day to explore the 100-mile-long Willamette Valley, pull into a handful of the nearly 400 wineries, and sip some pinot noir. And probably because we had only one other day to tour the 105-mile Mount Hood Scenic Loop, including the rugged Columbia River Gorge's waterfalls and expansive river views. And definitely because it was May 12. Still, it was tough for my wife, Valerie, and me to watch skiers and snowboarders finish morning runs at Mount Hood's Timberline Ski Area, which has trails open all year round.
July 8, 2007 |
Alan Jacobson stood atop a glacier and peered into a volcano on Africa's highest point despite his altitude sickness, black-and-blue feet, and a case of bronchitis. Jacobson, 52, president of AGS, a graphic-design company in Exton, had reached Mt. Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak above the clouds of Tanzania at 9:50 a.m. on June 12. "I got to the summit, sat on a rock, and threw up," he said, describing his altitude sickness. He climbed the mountain's 19,340 feet of rainforest, glaciers and volcanic rock as part of his campaign to raise funds to build a sanitation system for a Rwandan village that is home to about 500 survivors of the country's 1994 tribal genocide.
June 21, 2007 |
I don't usually like shooting pictures of signs. I like to think I can bring more to my craft. But when you're driving, signs are what catch your eye. The sign on the Doylestown Bypass for "National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa" does just that on my drive up Route 611. I'd passed it many times, but in my summer-long road trip's spirit of serendipity, I decide to drive in. On a cloudy weekday, between Masses, I'm able to drive past the big empty...