It's been a messy world in 2014. Human beings do terrible things to one another, yet are capable of acts of kindness, sacrifice and love. One wishes for clearer sailing in the coming year, especially for the use of smarter power (hard and soft more in sync) by President Obama.
Eric Asimov, New York Times wine critic, is still learning about wine. He also admits to being wrong sometimes on blind tastings. Part memoir and part manifesto, Asimov writes about his journey along the wine road in his new book, How to Love Wine.
For a writer, capturing that elusive Christmas morning magic can be deeply problematic. When I set out to write a Christmas novella a few years ago, I read a batch of holiday novels, seeking inspiration.
One of the great things about being Native American is that people always ask, "what do you Indians do on Thanksgiving?" That's a complicated question to answer when you consider that Squanto's first words to the English pilgrims were "Hello, Englishmen."