There is much to be learned about the places we call home -- our history, our environment, our culture, our civic life, our government and much more. Enter author David Helvarg and his brilliant and engrossing new book The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea.
We're moving to Mendocino. No wait -- we're not! Will somebody stop us, please? We visited the Northern California coast with our family and were immediately taken with its cool climate, dramatic cliffs, too-charming fishing villages and no-nonsense residents.
Memorial Day heralds the start of the summer season, when people head out on the open road, whether it's for a weekend getaway or a longer road trip. We did our part recently by spending a day in lovely Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco.
Here are my honest, unbiased, unabashedly enthusiastic recommendations for things that will arouse your senses, win your heart and soothe your soul. And don't worry if you don't have three weeks to spare; just pick, choose, enjoy.
The BP disaster is the oil company's responsibility -- and it is Barack Obama's moment. There is no better time and place to unequivocally assert the President's voice than now in the Gulf with a BP summit.