| Apr 28, 2013
This month has been one big hazmat spill. An Elvis impersonator from Mississippi was arrested and later released after letters containing the deadly poison ricin were mailed to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge. On the other side of the...
| May 3, 2013
| 3:21 PM
I'm working too much at my art, seven hours a day with a break for lunch and a nap.
I'm working too little at my art, seven hours a day with a break for lunch and a nap.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:50 AM
Like supermodels sporting the latest on the runways of the world’s oceans, each year a group of new cruise ships debuts. Here are some noteworthy ones being launched in 2013:
· MSC Cruises – The MSC Preziosa, a 139,400-ton, 3,502-...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:18 AM
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails — in the most mild-mannered way possible.
"It also ticks me off when someone pushes the button on the elevator more...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:28 AM
For nature lovers it is paradise: Ecuador's Archipiélago de Colón, islands better known as the Galapagos. Located in the proverbial "middle of nowhere" in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, these remote islands of volcanic origin...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:25 PM
How to enumerate the myriad wonders and delights of “Totem,” now taking its viewers on a dazzling trek from the primordial to the cosmic?
For starters, there’s Cirque du Soleil’s signature yellow-and-blue Grand Chapiteau,...
| May 30, 2013
Blackbeard may get all the attention. Black Bart was even more feared. But for my money, the most important pirate to cast a shadow across Hampton Roads was an almost completely unknown Englishman named William Dampier.
Exactly what he was doing in...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 2:15 PM
The digital era has been good for old books, an expert in rare books said earlier this week.
Matthew Haley, head of rare books and manuscripts at the Bonhams auction house in London, said that news of rare books moves faster and wider than ever before...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:08 AM
A massive earthquake rattles a town, triggering fiery eruptions in nearby volcanoes.
It sounds like the plot of a disaster movie, but it has actually happened: Journeying in Chile when an 8.5 magnitude temblor struck in 1835, Charles Darwin reported...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:28 PM
LONDON -- The Bank of England swallowed its pride and overcame its perceived prejudice Wednesday by designating Jane Austen as the new face of the 10-pound note, bowing to public outrage over the possibility that only male historical figures would be...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Responding to complaints that famous women were underrepresented on British currency, the Bank of England this week announced that novelist Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note beginning in 2017. Inevitably, the move has...