Two years ago, I became a Peace Corps trainee, which now feels like a billion years ago. I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and searching for...
When I first drove across the border from Anglo-America to Latino-America, three items comforted me like adult teddy bears: my passport, the gun in a metal box under my seat (Yes, weapons can get you arrested, but on those rare occasions when smoozing and negotiating accomplish nothing, I prefer to be judged by one than carried by six.
For people around the globe who want a brief, no-bullshit summary of Thanksgiving, here it is. Everything began around 1620.
Have you ever wondered how the aggressive empire-building Maya of classic times transformed into the comparatively amenable Maya of today?
Much thanks and many hugs go out to the people who were gathered yesterday at Garrison & Garrison Books in San Miguel to celebrate the Mexico release of Fresh Wind & Strange Fire.
He was born in the small city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1872. He was the son of a military officer and the grandson of Scottish immigrants.
Well, I guess it's settled. Sandra Bullock will be nominated for this year's Best Actress Oscar. She may not win it, but she has to be the frontrunner.
I am all about atmosphere. As an occasional believer in the paranormal, if not exactly a “Ghost Buster” or a “Van Helsing,” I found it fascinating that gritty film-noir New York managed to magnetically draw two dedicated masters of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft, to write here for a spell.
Condé Nast Traveler just selected San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as one of the top destinations on the planet.
To plan my next book, I am dropping off the grid and onto this rustic Mexican ranch. There is no phone nor electricity.
Steve Jobs and the personal computer will probably be remembered alongside Johann Gutenberg and the printing press as milestones toward the globalization of information and the democratization of culture.
It's older than the pyramids of Egypt and England's Stonehenge. It's an astronomical wonder as well. Yet, the passage grave at Newgrange in Ireland's County Meath is often ignored by package tours of the Emerald Isle.
I had been a houseguest of my new friend in Bulgaria for several days, when he hinted that he might or might not work for a well-known intelligence agency referred to by three letters.
I was on the way slow train from Budapest through the Balkans enroute to Bulgaria, guzzling Egri Bikavier (Bull’s Blood) wine and chainsmoking, when the train came to a jolting halt in order to be boarded by some heavily armed Serbian soldiers.
The Conjuring is a witch's brew of all the standard suspense film gimmicks. Yet, it may be the best of this hokey genre.
It is oft said, "Good men don't start fights or run from them." Plenty of Americans exemplify such cowboy virtue in their personal lives, but American presidents are establishing a tradition of abandoning such wisdom for the reprehensible extremes of bullying or cowardice.
If the Europe of your daydreams has walled cities, lofty castles, medieval churches and ancient palaces filled with art treasure, not Starbucks, tourist traps and traffic jams, you’ll want to see Dubrovnik, Croatia’s Old World masterpiece.
If the Europe of your daydreams has walled cities, lofty castles, medieval churches and ancient palaces filled with art treasure, not Starbucks, tourist traps and traffic jams, you?ll want to see Dubrovnik, Croatia?s Old World masterpiece.
The British explorer and linguist Sir Richard Burton once said “travelers like artists are mostly an angry race.” This comment may seem odd to those who have the misconception that travel is a relaxing luxury.
Finally, my new book got a bad review. It’s about time! I don’t know about you, but I was getting a little tired of famous authors droning on and on about how brilliant and revolutionary Fresh Wind & Strange Fire is.