New and interesting doesn't need to mean something big and massive and huge, it can be something simple and easy. That being said, it is a lot more fun to make more grand plans, so with that in mind, I decided to come up with a checklist of some of the things I want to do in the next 12 months to perhaps inspire you to start dreaming yourself.
In late 2008, in the midst of Washington's financial crisis, Ryan traveled to South America to meet with political and business leaders as part of a congressional delegation.
At a ranch near Santiago, Chile, I spoke with Gonzalo Vial, an accomplished horse whisperer known to form close personal relationships with his horses. One horse grew amorous.
Several states have become the new Banana Republics. You see, what they have gleaned from those former dictatorships is that the right to vote is no longer a right, but a privilege.
Starting with the dictatorial, oppressive regime of Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s, graffiti became a regular form of protest. It was anonymous and furtive. Finally, City Hall decided to do something about it -- it made it acceptable, under supervision.
Michelle Bachelet is a crusading feminist: she was Chile's first female president. Two years ago she was appointed the first-ever Executive Director of UN Women. And gender equality isn't just about doing the right thing, she says: it makes economic sense.
The air of adventure in El Chaltén, Argentina, is palpable.
And there is the key. To accept the long-time excluded -- gays, divorced, people from other religions, for example -- as legitimate others. Not to tolerate them in a patronizing way, but to see in their different lives and perspectives a path to enrich and humanize ourselves.
We're living in an era when every morsel of information is just a Google search away. But I recently visited a place -- probably one of the last on earth -- where there are more questions than answers.
New Mexico, with its vaunted Hatch chiles, is the green chile capital of the U.S. -- so why shouldn't some enterprising café owner throw some green capsicums on a cheeseburger?
Even so, I decided to look into this myself by showing the video, PowerPoint slide show, and close-up stills of the object to American entomologists, hopefully with a knowledge of Chilean bugs. After all, wouldn't they be the best qualified to determine if indeed our UFO could be some kind of insect?
The park was a living embodiment of the healing many in this country are still going through.
The two islands in which I live were all mixed up in my head: the Cuba of the official celebrations with smiles and slogans, and the other one, that of dissidents forced into cars and prevented from attending a Catholic Mass.
America's homicide rates, incarceration rates and gun ownership rates are all much higher than other wealthy countries. While the data associated with crime is imperfect, these facts all point to the idea that America is more violent than many other wealthy countries.
The key is to marketing your novel is to find the things that make your book special and capitalize on those to get the word out.
Here, with no particular relevance to how much I enjoyed each one, is a list of the things I did while not drinking wine in Chile.