| Jun 10, 2008
These magnificent parks mark the far northern quarter of California's map with green splotches near its coastline.
Redwood is one of America's least-visited national parks but not for its lack of beauty; it has that hands down, what with 2,000-year-old...
| Jul 22, 2008
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Tom McAlister refers to himself as the "last dog standing" -- or maybe it should be flying? -- among the handful of kite stores that once did business in the San Francisco Bay area.
"We have modest expectations, so we've been able to stick it out,"...
| Dec 16, 2007
The trouble with going to Paris at Christmas is, unless you are rich, you can't go every year. Which presents a problem. We went to Paris last Christmas, and this year the holiday already feels anticlimactic.
Oh, I'm spinning the traditional stay-...
| Jan 28, 2008
Why stick with the traditional roses and in-town dinner when so many special hotel packages are just a short drive or train ride away?
As new developments and hidden finds are popping up in neighborhoods such as Old Town Pasadena and South Pasadena,...
| Apr 11, 2010
Here are some unintended consequences of our family's late-August vacation at the Willow-Witt Ranch in southern Oregon:
Our children, then 22 months and 4, prefer fresh goat's milk to the store-bought stuff from a cow.
They also think it is...
| Mar 7, 2010
A Family Story
Ecco: 168 pp., $21.99
On Dec. 8, 2007, the day that Amy Rosenblatt Solomon collapsed on the treadmill and died, her parents, Roger and Ginny Rosenblatt, drove from their Long Island home to be with Amy's...
| Mar 28, 2010
As our theater seats rocked back and forth for "takeoff," the kids watching the 4-D animated film "Journey to the Center of the Barnett Shale" at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History squealed in unison. We had been sprayed with so much mist that...
| Nov 17, 2009
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| Jan 24, 2010
When a trusted friend told me she loved her last cruise, my curiosity piqued. After all, she lives in a downtown loft and knows her Claret from her Cabernet. Still, I could hardly believe she willingly boarded (more than once) one of those vessels built...
| Jan 31, 2010
Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty.
A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana....