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Deep in the South Pacific Paradise Prevails

Nicola Barnard | Posted 04.21.2016 | Travel
Nicola Barnard

Hidden deep in the South Pacific there lies an island called Aitutaki that is as close to paradise as you can get. Such a stunningly beautiful and rel...

The World's Most Remote Places (And Why They're Worth The Distance)

Orbitz.com | Posted 02.24.2016 | Travel
Orbitz.com

By Sheryl Nance-Nash for the Orbitz Travel Blog How far is too far? For some, it's the ends of the earth--as long as the journey leads to the paradis...

50 Countries and Counting: A Naturalista's Travel Adventures in Fiji--A Jewel of the South Pacific

Patti R. Rose | Posted 01.29.2016 | Travel
Patti R. Rose

I recall meeting with one of my former colleagues at a University where we were both Professors. We were talking about obesity and how it is viewed culturally in the U.S. vs. some other countries. I began to tell her about this wonderful place called Fiji, where the women dancers, as an example, for the most part, are large, in terms of weight, in comparison to what the U.S. considers the standard of beauty, in terms of size.

The Catharsis of Star Wars

RJ Martin | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment
RJ Martin

Now, I am not too much of a sci-fi geek. I don't speak Klingon, never watched Battlestar Galactica in any of its iterations, and by the third Alien movie I started rooting for the slobbery beast with too sets of teeth: anything to get Sigourney Weaver to stop scowling. Star Wars is different.

Our Ocean Is Our Future

Dame Meg Taylor | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Dame Meg Taylor

In the Pacific, climate change is here. It is happening now. And it is devastating. As a result, we need our ocean more than ever to continue to protect and nurture us. And now, at the climate talks in Paris, our ocean needs us.

Welcome to Samoa, An Actual Country

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson | Posted 12.14.2015 | Travel
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

To save me and 182,000 other Samoans from the hassle of having to explain that our country is not Somalia or American Samoa, or a figment of our imagination, here are ten facts that not only prove we are legitimate country, but that indeed we exist.

Gen. Colin Powell Should Be on Republican or Democratic 2016 Presidential Ticket

Lonna Saunders | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

Retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, National Security Advisor under President Reagan, the only African-American to date on the Joint Chiefs of Staff of which he became Chairman, and on and on and on.

Aisle View: R&H Return to Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In a day and age when producers, directors and author's executors think nothing of imposing their so-called artistic vision on Broadway masterworks that were pretty good to begin with, it is heartening to see producers, directors and executors just do the show as written.

Coming to Los Angeles: Labyrinth

Steven Denlinger | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

The novella 'Coming to Los Angeles' continues as a serial this week. Chapter 1: Labyrinth IN THE FALL OF 1998, I was teaching in the North Canton C...

First Nighter: "Paint Your Wagon" Revival Paints Town Red-Hot

David Finkle | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

When Paint Your Wagon was first done and record companies still actively scoured upcoming scores for chart-topping possibilities, the ones selected were "I Talk to the Trees" and "They Call the Wind Maria."

Cyclone Pam Displaced Thousands. Here's How You Can Help

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact

Officials behind humanitarian relief efforts in Vanuatu are desperately trying to connect those in need with crucial aid. On Friday and Saturday, C...

6 Things You Can Learn From The Reigning Happiest Place On Earth

Posted 02.25.2015 | Travel

We all know that the U.S. guarantees the pursuit of happiness, but if you’re interested in seeing what it looks like after the pursuit, you might wa...

John Musker and Ron Clements Chart an Ambitious Course for Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 Release

Jim Hill | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As Ron and John chart a course for their most ambitious animated feature to date through those treacherous, shark-filled waters that are known as modern motion picture production.

South Pacific Nations Plan To Block Australian Coal Port

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green

SYDNEY, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Protesters from 12 South Pacific nations plan to block ships entering and leaving Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world...

When Jerry Met Barbara...

BeBe Lerner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
BeBe Lerner

Like the lead character in Mr. Miller's greatest work, my father was a salesman most of his life.

Under The Sea Of The Remote South Pacific

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

Among the remote islands of the South Pacific you'll find the popular notion of paradise is alive and well: palm-framed beaches, azure seas, and welcoming islanders. Look below the seas and you'll discover some of the wildest places on Earth

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

Kauai, Hawaii -- The Garden Island

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 06.07.2014 | Hawaii
Barbara Barton Sloane

"We can never have enough of nature" -- Henry David Thoreau Is it possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to? You might say I've done H...

Samoa: Small Nation, Big Story

Robert Oliver | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Robert Oliver

As the organic farms grow, you'll likely find an emerging Samoan cuisine that is healthy, likely organic and definitely Samoan.

5 Storied Isles of the South Pacific: Going Literary on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.21.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Not for nothing have some of the world's most famous authors dwelt literarily on and physically in the islands of the South Seas, the mystic beauty of...

First Nighter: London's 'Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense,' 'Mojo,' 'From Here to Eternity'

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

As popular as P. G. Wodehouse and his creations, suave manservant Jeeves and first-prize twit Bertie Wooster, have been for almost 100 years, they've apparently never toddled onto a West End stage until -- wait for it! -- now.

The Best Fall Travel Deals

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.16.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Scotland's capital of culture is a deal for two reasons this season: Both airfares and hotel rates will be very competitive, particularly when stacked up against other, pricey European destinations.

Memories of Wartime

George Heymont | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

For many baby boomers, the first images of war they remember did not come from the news. Instead, they were from an extremely popular documentary television series that aired on NBC in 1952 and 1953 and was subsequently made into a feature film.

Only In The Cook Islands

Pam Grout | Posted 06.05.2013 | Travel
Pam Grout

I'll start with the Cook Islands, a little-known (at least to most Americans) island chain with 15 don't-blink-or-you'll-miss them blips of land spread out over 756,000-square-miles of the South Pacific, most of which is protected as a marine park.

Surviving Cook Island Is Pretty Easy

Pam Grout | Posted 05.20.2013 | Travel
Pam Grout

My favorite Aitutaki motu was probably Tapuaetai, the world's only "deserted island" with its own post office.