We often lose sight of the fact that other people, other cultures, have traditions and holidays and festivities that, while different from the ones we may celebrate ourselves at home, are the same in so many ways.
There is something to be said for a public address. It is a major media event, a collective celebration of achievements over the past year and the spelling of hopes and challenges for the upcoming one.
For ten years millions of Arabs were held hostage due to the acts of a minority. During this time tens of thousands of lives were lost in senseless violence that only a megalomaniac would be able to justify.
Hoteliers love to tout their technology, so it's no big surprise that many are adding e-readers to their lists of amenities. But a handful of chic properties are offering an even more extraordinary perk: real books.
I can't help but wonder why folks are so afraid to call the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona an act of terrorism. The fear of the "T" word seems almost palpable in describing the gruesome events that took place this past Saturday.