Thompson, who grown up in a rural Oklahoma town of about 3,000 people, had wanted to be in the Corps since third grade, when a math teacher described fighting for the Allies on D Day. Thompson enlisted at 17 and served for four years before leaving to start a family, join the Marine Reserve and go to college. He reentered the service as an officer in May 2001, just months before the twin towers collapsed and the Pentagon burned. Not the most hated, but definitely the most perplexed. I gave my daughters sterling silver charms for Christmas. I purchased them on Ebay, but I placedRead More →

We are indeed faced with a very alarming scenario. We need to be involved in facing these challenges and work for solutions. After all, whatever we do on the earth must be done with the consciousness that it will affect seven generations after us. Spektor does a nice job of skewering both selfish believers and crazed extremists who advocate hatred in the name of some divine force. “God can be funny” she sings, “When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way/And when presented like a genie / Who does magic like Houdini/Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus.”Read More →

As it returns in 3D, Eli Glasner examines the experience minute by minute and discovers Cline Dion’s ubiquitous soundtrack, and James Cameron’s risible dialogue, have not improved with age. Continue reading this postSparkle trailer gives last glimpse of Whitney HoustonA trailer for the movie musical Sparkle was released Monday, giving us a glimpse of Whitney Houston’s last project. The late singer plays the mother of Jordin Sparks, an aspiring singer in the 1960s who rises with a girl group similar to the Supremes. The late singer plays the mother of Jordin Sparks, an aspiring singer in the 1960s who rises with a girl group similarRead More →

Fat covers the muscles. It is stored energy. You can get your body to convert it back into energy but it does not turn into muscle. All of these images are part of the Italian tradition, to be sure, but Italy is a large country with an incredibly long and storied history. Their traditions are more varied and fascinating than most non Italians imagine. Italians from Sicily, Campania and Veneto have traditions that can vary widely from each other, and Italian families celebrate traditions that run much deeper than the clichs you see in mobster movies and chain restaurants. To your average Korean Army commander,Read More →

For the first year I did not worry too much about how to make money. I had some money in savings that I knew we could live on for at least the first year. That first year we mostly relaxed and spent a lot of time traveling and exploring the country. They sell for under $20. Stick with a solid if you’re wearing a gingham shirt;or, for your OCBD/chambray shirt, a subtle pattern like this,this or this. Once you have your outfit together, head to Zara Men for a blazer in a neutral tone. The Messenian’s farmed for the Spartans while the Spartans sat backRead More →

SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileHow convenient! My Life Would Suck Without You, the latest (and greatest) single from American Idol OG Kelly Clarkson, was leaked to the interwebs today perfectly timed to coincide with the premiere of the karaoke competition show’s 8th season.I should preface my initial assessment by confessing that Clarkson has long been one of my great pop pleasures and not even a guilty one. I maintain that the Season One victor remains the best all round artist American Idol’s ever seen (or heard); she’s released a handful of downright perfect singles that stand as exemplars of the greatRead More →

Distractions while writing the above: Wildebeest grazing right outside the fence next to the porch where I’m sitting. Three hyaenas walking along the fence on the way to a waterhole close by. An African wildcat walking inside the fence (I followed with a light so my husband could get the following photo).. In the past, I thought she was too masculine looking. An Amazon (and that was not a compliment), she is almost 6 feet tall and not Games level huge but she is quite built. The other day I looked at her and as a female who isn normally attracted to other females IRead More →

SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileSaskatchewan health care workers who choose not to be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus could be sent home without pay in the event of an outbreak.The provision is a clause in the collective agreement covering many health care providers, including members of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan.”It was the employer’s idea,” Chris Driol, president of the union, told CBC News. “they wanted to definitely exert some influence on people as to whether or not they were going to get vaccinations.”If a health care facility experiences an outbreak of the H1N1 the workers may be calledRead More →

Alan Leeds, Prince’s former manager recalls a conversation with Prince in the early 90s in which Prince said he’d “just burn everything” one day. But there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of the vault too. Prince himself has teased fans, name checking unreleased songs in his album liner notes and suggesting they could be released at “a later date”. “He was yelling, ‘Just pull the buggy closer to you. Chase it,’ or something like that,” said Holt, referring to the vehicle that leads the runners around the course. “All I had on my mind was just to keep focusing on my form,Read More →

A freelance journalist is someone who is very busy all the time. They are busy all the time because they might be working for what they like to call limitless amounts of papers, and they might have a limitless number of stories to finish up throughout the day or they might even be a blogger too. Doing freelancing is limitless because you aren’t usually doing just one thing. “Together, we are leveraging our leadership positions to create a new digital audio market with sports and fitness consumers.””With Nike, we’ve clearly achieved the aim of our Rio branding strategy by establishing a technology partnership that willRead More →