For travel lovers, it’s the ultimate dream. A round the world trip. Taking off, leaving your job, your house, your car, and your family and friends behind and hitting the open road. No worries about seeing everything you want to see when you only have a week to do
Archive for February 25th, 2012
“Better late than never” is the mantra skiers live by, one to wax your skis on. After weeks of irrepressible and unwanted sunshine, late season snow storms have blown in from the Arctic, blanketing a few lucky ski resorts with the driest, creamiest powder snow you ever fell asleep thinking about.
I felt lucky to be there catching the flakes as they drifted down on the trails and glades at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and The Canyons, the three ski areas that cluster close in the mountains behind Park City, Utah. For six heavenly days, we — the Cooke family skiers — abandoned all thought of tasks at home and gave way to the freedom of soaring down silky-smooth, velvet
This week the extravagant festival known as Carnival exploded onto the streets of Brazil, most notably in the cities of Rio De Janeiro and Salvador. Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, is known for hosting the wilder celebration.
A few weeks ago however, crime and violence broke out in Salvador. Certain groups of police had gone on strike, then murder rates doubled, there was rioting on the streets and looting and criminals were killed execution-style — still handcuffed or with hands behind their backs. People were concerned about more increased crime surrounding Carnival with less police
That is, dancing with the “stars” below from Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, WA; Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, MI; St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, PA ; Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, PA; Greystone Healthcare Management (27 locations); and Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head, SC.
On February 25th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. thousands will be flash dancing for their
The disaster at Fukushima last year exposed how entrenched interests among key decision-makers have contaminated Japanese society, endangering the long-term prosperity of Japan. These special interests often do what is right for themselves, as opposed to what is in the best interests of the Japanese people.
In this two-part series, discussion on what has transpired over the past twelve months as a result of decisions made related to the Fukushima disaster (Part I) will lead to a look at decision-making during the crisis in subsequent weeks and months that have passed (Part II). As the current decision-making system in Japan increasingly works to the detriment of Japanese society, what is needed instead is a more transparent, honest, and benevolent decision-making system that listens to the wishes of the people and responds to it.
Deep relationships among public and private sector players are present in all societies around the
Within the creative writing program at Vassar College many years ago, we all recognized the major talent in our class — and it was only in part because she was the great niece of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer and the granddaughter of the other Polish-Jewish American writer, I.J. Singer.
Brett Singer came into her sophomore year with a personal tragedy already under her belt, which set her apart from those of us still seeking the subjects of the stories with which we hoped to break readers’ hearts. She channeled the suicide of her high school lover into her first novel, The Petting Zoo, which was already percolating in the short stories she offered up to our writing seminars on the days when she was able to lift her burden enough to make it there.
Someone without such a literary heritage might have buried her youthful sorrows in some other vice: politics, alcohol, drugs, sex. I won’t say that she did
This is the fourth installment in a series of stories about my experience on the campaign trail with Fred Karger, an openly gay candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
The first Mormon girl I ever met, I married. Her name was “Janet,” and we were summer camp counselors together in college.
Janet and I were J-High leaders, which meant we had the unenviable task of entertaining groups of precocious 12- to 14-year-olds. I shaved my head and ignored them, while Janet was her peppy, wholesome self. We were a formidable team and sealed our partnership for one of the staff’s notoriously racy theme parties.
Janet was Hera to my Zeus, and our station was “Hedonism of the Gods.” She may not have inhaled, imbibed, or otherwise ingested, but she sure could give one heck of a back rub!
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I hadn’t actually encountered Mormonism until
Pornographers are aroused and growling over a new Los Angeles law that will require adult film actors to wear condoms in sex acts well known to be high-risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The filmmakers call the new law “government overreach.” They argue that monthly HIV tests should be sufficient to prevent the virus from slipping into the mix of fluids splashing about the set and unwittingly infecting an actor while on the job.
The Los Angeles Times reported that companies are threatening to move out of the city, taking with them as many as 20,000 jobs for actors, makeup artists, camera crews, caterers, and the abundance of talent and services that makes L.A. a magnet for movie makers of all sorts.
The Los Angeles City Council passed the law, which takes effect March 5, after reports of actors becoming infected with HIV while pursuing their line of work. Former adult film actor Derrick Burts, who tested HIV-positive in 2010 and was told he was infected by a fellow performer, was quoted in the Times as saying, “It’s a broken system that they have in
In the comments on a recent piece of mine, “If no one’s being hurt, God’s okay with your sexuality,” a woman wrote to share that she is polyamorous — specifically meaning, in her case, that she is (as I learned) living with, in love with, deeply committed to, and basically in all ways but legally married to a man and a woman. I asked our new acquittance if she would be willing to let me interview her. At first she was reticent — but, as she put it, “the opportunity to share with others a glimpse into our life is too good to pass up.”
Could you give us a quick definition of what “polyamorous” is/means?
Honestly, the term “polyamorous” wasn’t on our radar when we fell in love. It was later that we discovered there was a term for what we
Hi! I’m Eric Korpela. You may know me from such blog posts as “Ewoks live under my deck” and “How Spock and Sylar are related.” As part of my continuing series on what the heck scientists do, I’d like to talk about brains. You may ask, “What is it like in a scientist’s brain?” Well, it’s dark, it’s moist, and it’s as warm as Daytona in July.* Just like it is in yours.
The real answer is that I can’t really tell you what’s going on inside anyone’s head but mine. For example, I look at my wife and think, “Why is she carrying all the groceries? And how can I make her do that again next time?” I really have no
Wednesday night, Republicans held their 20th debate, literally.
With a pivotal Michigan primary just a few days away and polls showing Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum neck-and-neck, the four candidates took to the stage in Arizona to see who can win the race to the bottom. And with the exception of Ron Paul, everyone in the debate thinks the United States needs to be involved in another war — this time with Iran. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich all painted doomsday scenarios of a nuclear Iran and how big of a threat that nation is to America’s security.
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It may not be coincidental that soon after NBA Knicks’ Jeremy Lin dazzled the nation with a seemingly infallible jump-shot, China’s vice president, heir apparent and avid basketball fan Xi Jinping made an official U.S. visit.
But while Lin — a Harvard graduate raised with Chinese and American values by a “Tiger Mom” — has proven remarkable on the court, China and the U.S. as players in the environmental arena have performed more like junior-varsity playground scrappers.
This year’s Environmental Performance Index, produced with my colleagues at Yale and Columbia Universities, revealed the U.S. and China respectively ranked at 49th and 116th place out of 132
Last Friday, I broke out my one decent business skirt, printed out 50 — yes, 50 — copies of my rsum and headed to Dillon Gymnasium for the Career Services Internship Fair, confident that my depressing losing streak of applying to internships was about to reach its end. My two friends, both prospective computer science majors, hoped that Mark Zuckerburg would be manning the Facebook table. Turns out he wasn’t. I, a prospective English major, hoped that someone would be looking for an intern with a passion for writing and
Anyone following the hype over U.S. basketball star Jeremy Lin will have observed the thick layer of racism lying ponderously over the media. One not-so-witty journalist rightly lost his job over the headline “Chink in the Armor,” after Jeremy’s recent setback, but the public statements of some athletes and the reactions in the press showed that race still matters, and racism is yet a fact of life.
As a hopeless (or hopeful?) sentimentalist, I like to think that there exists a global community of gay men and women who, in the face of discrimination and prejudice, all love and respect each other regardless of skin color, a worldwide brother- and sisterhood with common interests, similar outlooks on life, and shared values. Yeah, right!
How deluded this idea is was brought home to me during last year’s visits to several American and European
I’m From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit forum for true lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer stories. Earlier this year, founder and Executive Director Nathan Manske and two companions successfully completed a four-month, 50-state Story Tour collecting LGBTQ stories from towns and cities across the country. They’re pulling some of the most relevant, important and sometimes just enjoyable stories from their archives and sharing them with HuffPost Gay Voices.
Brian Sims never really had to come out to his college football team as gay. In fact, it was the other way around: his team more came out to him.
For the next three months, Brian couldn’t go anywhere without one of his teammates stopping him to say, “Hey, man, just wanted to let you know, I heard, and it’s really cool with me, I got no problems with that, sorry about anything I might have said.”
One day, when running drills on the practice field, Brian’s position coach, who definitely hadn’t caught wind of Brian being gay, said something that put a serious damper on everyone’s
Most sane people would not choose to start their first company at the same time as having teenagers. But it’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Forget all those winsome ideas about “birthing” companies: Running a startup is a heck of a lot like being a teenager.
The other morning as I raced through the dark streets of our town to deliver my son and two buddies to early morning band practice at the high school, we had a typical conversation:
Me: “So, did you finish that mask project last night? It’s due today, right?”
Me: “What did you do? Did you decorate it? Did you find some elastic?”
Him: “Umm, I got some black paper and made two holes for eyes. It’ll do.”
He was, it turned out, entirely
One of my patients recently brought in a magazine article whereby a popular mainstream magazine article was citing an article from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) from April 2011 regarding calcium increasing risk for heart attacks.
She was concerned that taking her usual low dosage — 400-800mg of calcium supplement per day — would put her at higher risk of heart attacks. This incident spurred me to write this article to clarify this issue for all women who were concerned about their bones, but are now concerned about their heart as well as their bones.
The article, published in BMJ in 2011, was one in which the authors re-evaluated the data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study on calcium supplementation where 36,282 women were looked at in a seven-year, randomized, placebo-controlled study as to how calcium and vitamin D supplementation affected them.
In the initial study meta-analysis, there was no increased risk of heart disease seen in the study for women on calcium and vitamin D. But in the re-evaluation of a sub-group of the study (about 16,718 women), which then was published as the 2011 article in BMJ, the women who were not taking any personal calcium supplements were lower in risk of heart attacks then those women who were taking the treatment dosages of calcium and vitamin D.
The authors in the 2011 study felt that the original interpretation did not account for the fact that some of the women in the placebo group were taking low dosages of calcium according to their own regimen aside from the study, and so the placebo group was not a true placebo group in the initial evaluation, which they felt was then not a true representation of what calcium and vitamin D would do to a women’s body in respect to heart disease risks.
This reasoning seems initially
“When the going gets weird,” Hunter S. Thompson famously said, “the weird turn pro.”
This quote has been running through my head all week. It’s been such a weird week, in fact, that I even wrote a column praising a Mitt Romney campaign ad. Weirdness abounds, in other
I’ve often compared dating to sales, for I do believe that if you want to see someone again, whether its a customer or a date, you had better treat them well. Everyone needs a plan.
But dating is far more complicated than all that, particularly if you’re genuinely excited about getting to know who someone truly is, and especially if you find yourself wildly attracted to her.
First you have to make sure the object of your affection travels the same road you do, and that’s often the most frustrating and difficult part. You also need to make sure she knows that you’re interested. But you can’t actually say that you’re
I’m a big proponent of something I’m going to dub the “slow living” movement.
In a nutshell, it’s about slowing down.
Studies show that when you slow down, you’ll be more likely to stop and help someone in need (see this). But there’s another benefit to slowing down — it’s not only good for others, it’s good for us. Slowing down helps us savor the present. And savoring has been directly tied to happiness.
What Is Savoring?
Savoring is the ability to prolong and stretch enjoyment or positive emotional
As if the fleets of limos and drunken starlets in sequined minis stumbling down Sunset Boulevard’s less seedy corridors weren’t enough, the traffic jams at the closed off corners around The Not-The-Kodak-Anymore Theater have confirmed it — it’s Oscar weekend. All around town fragile egos are ringing like crystal bells of fear, the well-tended faade of breezy self-confidence being chiefly supported by copious amounts of designer alcohol drained at endless soirees. And with Gallic charmer The Artist shockingly poised to sweep the Oscars thanks to Harvey Weinstein’s dark arts, good luck finding a decent bottle of champagne. There haven’t been this many spontaneous exclamations of jubilation in French heard around Los Angeles since
I have long admired Dan Savage’s advice, especially to struggling queers. Like Kate Bornstein’s advice to Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws, Savage’s advice inspires me to keep in mind the invisible struggles of non-conformers. I have also found daily inspiration in the viral responses to Savage’s (and Terry Miller’s) “It Gets Better” campaign. It is revolutionary and empowering to watch videos on demand in which, as Chris Rovzar wrote in 2010 in New York Magazine, “grown-ups
Sometimes people question whether or not Climate Change is real. After viewing the feature documentary, Chasing Ice, I can assure you that the debate is over. On Monday, January 23, 2012 — Chasing Ice, had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival featuring documentary director Jeff Orlowski and his Academy Awarding winning production team led by Paula DuPr Pesmen, producer of the 2010 Academy Award-winning The Cove, and writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, The Tillman Story).
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change but through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence about our global warming