MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shortly after noon, as Sunday services at Memphis' abundant churches conclude, another gathering of the faithful is getting underway at a restaurant popular for its soul food.
"Hi, welcome to The Four Way," owner Patrice Thompson greets every customer, often in quick succession.
Many dressed in their Sunday best, the diners ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- "You clearly love Sacramento," says the Catholic nun and high school principal as she looks over the college essay written by one of her students.
The teenager, who clearly thinks the city is uncool, shrugs and says she just pays attention to her surroundings.
"Well, it comes across as love," says the nun. "Don't you ...Read more
Las Vegas tourism leaders revived the famous "What happens here, stays here" slogan three months after a mass shooting on the Strip, but gaming revenue and visitation numbers remain depressed in the tourist destination.
In January, total visitation to the city dropped 3.3 percent, while gaming revenue from the Strip slumped by 8.89 percent, the...Read more
Here's the good news: It's not too late. It's not too late to book a spring break, whether for a week or a long weekend.
The kids have been coming home whining about where all their friends are going, but you've been too busy to plan anything and perhaps too worried about spending the money. The other good news: If you plan smart, you might ...Read more
Google Maps and the unforgiving female voice on my Garmin GPS device were having yet another disagreement: Google said I should go south via I-95, but my windshield-mounted scold (whose favorite word is recalculating) said Biscayne Boulevard was the preferred route this time. It was high season in Miami, and rush-hour traffic was compressed into...Read more
Lounging in a sleeping bag on a cot in a tepee, fully clothed and bundled up, my cowboy boots kicked off on the warm wooden floor, I've been journaling and listening to the ever-changing Montana weather make music on my tent. The wind whistles through the flaps. The rain taps a rhythm on the canvas. The dramatic, fast-moving Montana cloudscape ...Read more
New York is a city I've always had something of a love/hate relationship with. First the hate: the noise level, which most Manhattanites seem not to notice, has me ready to chew off my own ears after a day or two -- the incessant drilling of jackhammers; cabbies sitting on their horns even when it's obvious they are going nowhere fast, and ...Read more
"Good luck seeing moose," the clerk at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais, Minn., called out as my sister and I left the store. "Dusk is the perfect time."
It was 5 p.m., and pink clouds hovered over silvery Lake Superior as we embarked on a classic wintertime drive, following the Gunflint Trail on the hunt for dinner and a moose.
The Shekhinah is ComingValjean Tchakirides
The Shekhinah is Coming: Secrets of the Divine presents a circular study of what Tchakirides calls "the divine plan that ends where it begins - 'in LIGHT'". This work bridges the gap between religion and science, offering explanations of recent NASA discoveries and suggesting what they might ...
KAUAI, Hawaii -- As I hurtled through the sky above a sprawling valley, in view of sapphire waves and verdant mountain slopes, the wind was whipping past me and my eyes were streaming tears.
My lips were peeled back, I was yelling incomprehensibly and my brain was blaring, "This could be the end."
But let me begin at the beginning, before I ...Read more
I took a breath, buried my pride and slid the $20 bill across the counter, suggestively.
"Are there any complimentary upgrades available?" I asked the woman working the check-in at the Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
I was in town for four nights and on a mission to live it up in Las Vegas while keeping my bank account in check --...Read more
Only two weeks after Disneyland increased daily ticket prices nearly 9 percent, the theme park's biggest Southern California rival, Universal Studios Hollywood, raised daily ticket prices by more than 7 percent.
The cost of a peak-demand daily ticket for Universal Studios Hollywood was boosted late last month to $129 from $120 at the front gate...Read more
With borders so close and transportation a delight, it's easy to throw a change of scenery and culture into your European itinerary. Here are some of my favorite cross-border day trips.
London to Paris. Zipping on the bullet train from London to Paris (or vice versa), deep below the English Channel (a.k.a. "Chunnel"), is exciting -- and takes ...Read more
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Luna Blaise has been juggling her burgeoning acting career ("Concrete Kids," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Surviving Theater 9") with concert dates to promote her latest single, "Camera Roll." One of the best parts of her job, she says, is getting to travel to so many different places. "I'm pretty adventurous when it ...Read more
Every year, a new strain of flu is in the air, threatening to cause a catastrophic pandemic that will kill off nonessential travel. And, what a shame that is. People who’ve been looking forward to getting away to explore new places or revisit their favorite destinations are kept from doing so by their fear of getting sick.
Q: I recently booked a room at a Holiday Inn in Orlando, Florida -- at least, I thought I did. After making the reservation, I was switched to a sales agent, who invited me to attend a one-hour presentation that would show me "a way to enjoy all the luxuries of a vacation" at a cost of $199, which would be fully refunded, along with a $100 ...Read more
Got Olympic fever? Maybe your kids have Olympic fever after seeing athletes jump, race and twirl on skates, skis and snowboards, not to mention luge and bobsleds.
These days, we all know kids are influencing where parents take them on vacation, and we know that if kids are happy their parents will be happy too. So why not take a trip to the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The landscape of the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, a concrete universe of slightly less than three square miles in Mid-City, is a bilingual-signed jigsaw of strip malls and squat high-rises, barbecue restaurants and porridge joints. It's about as far away from John Cheever's Westchester County, the setting for many of the...Read more
In Germany's southwest corner, the Black Forest ("Schwarzwald") is a range of hills stretching east of the Rhine River. Ancient Romans found the thick forests here inaccessible and mysterious, so they called it "black." Today, Germans and tourists alike are attracted to this most romantic of German regions -- famous for its mineral spas, clean ...Read more
Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman was adopted when he was two weeks old. The actor, who splits his time between West Hollywood and Brooklyn, said he would love to travel to Ghana. "Recently, I did a DNA test and discovered that half of my bloodline stems from West Africa," said the 33-year-old actor. "(This) solidified my ...Read more
PLACERVILLE, Calif. -- The signature dish at the Buttercup Pantry comes with a disclaimer on the menu.
EAT THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, SOME DO AND SOME DON'T.
Feeling hungry? Or, more likely, curious and masochistic? Order the $15.99 Hangtown Fry, the roughly 170-year-old omelet, of sorts, that shares a ...Read more