Michael Graczyk, Associated Press Updated 10:04 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Now Playing: Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92. (April 17) Media: Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd brought a plainspoken, grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, displaying an utter lack of vanity about her white hair and wrinkles. "What you see with me is what you get. I'm not running for president — George Bush is," she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan. window._taboola = … [Read more...] about Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC
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By The Associated Press | PUBLISHED: April 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm | UPDATED: April 18, 2018 at 12:35 am ST. PAUL, MN – SEPTEMBER 02: Former President George H.W. Bush (L) and former first lady Barbara Bush (C) point from their seats on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) FILE – In this May 5, 2010 file photo, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, right, kisses his wife, Barbara, after both were shown on the stadium kiss cam video board during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was … [Read more...] about Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92
Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real.The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd brought a plainspoken, grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, displaying an utter lack of vanity about her white hair and wrinkles."What you see with me is what you get. I'm not running for president — George Bush is," she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan.Mrs. Bush died Tuesday, according to a statement from family spokesman Jim McGrath. She was 92.The Bushes, who were married on Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. And Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams."I had the best … [Read more...] about Former first lady Barbara Bush, known for humor and literacy work, dies at 92
Of all the threats to a traveler’s health and sanity, the risk of going to jail abroad must rank pretty high on the list. The world can be a scary, dangerous place where the life of the traveler is threatened on all sides. There are killer diseases, muggers, natural disasters and terrible karaoke music that all represent perils to the traveler’s health and sanity. But while most travel guides assume that responsible travelers will never be on the wrong end of the law, Road Junky knows that the police of most countries in the world are just the criminals in uniform and make no bones about extorting money from you, beating you up or, if all else fails, putting you in jail. So here are ten of the worst places in the world to go to jail. Travel there by all means but memorise the number of a good lawyer before you go. 1. China China is the world’s largest police state and punishes people who do the wrong kind of Tai chi by sending them to labour camps to harvest their … [Read more...] about 10 Countries Where You Don’t Want to Go to Jail
It had seemed like such a good idea at the time.I’d been knocking around a hostel in Ocean Beach, San Diego for a few weeks, keeping busy by alternating between various beds, bars and the beach, when I’d hooked up with Dave and Louise. Tired of the frozen margarita and Taco Bell cliché of Mexi-Cal borderlands, we decided to undertake an epic road trip down into the dusty desert heartland of the Baja, to experience authentic local life and hunt out empty beaches with perfect waves to surf.Two days later, we’d sourced a car and we were off. Recall if you will, the vinyl roofed sedan from Live and Let Die that Roger Moore describes as a “pimpmobile” after the occupants try to run him off the road. This was identical, or would have been if it was still the 70s. Unfortunately, this was the mid-90s; the black exterior vinyl of the roof hung ragged over the exposed and rusting bare metal. Inside, the cloth upholstery blew around like so many tattered … [Read more...] about Road Trip to the Baja Badlands
by Danielle Pearson,When Mary Shelley looked at the Alps, she did not see mountains, lakes and trees. Instead, she saw an earthly paradise, a landscape so sublime that words could only hint at the wonder that it inspired. Writing of the mountains, Shelley draws attention to all that is measureless and eternal; “placed in scaleless altitude in the stainless sky, heaven kissing… the glorious Alps, clothed in dazzling robes of light.” These words are from her 1826 novel The Last Man, in which the Alps play a crucial role in the fate of humanity. But Shelley’s first visit to this stunning landscape had been back in 1814, when she was still Mary Godwin. Just sixteen years old at the time, she had eloped with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and traveled with him across Europe.This was an incredibly scandalous move, the first in a lifetime of radical and independent behavior. Though very much in love, things were far from perfect for the couple—they couldn’t … [Read more...] about “A Fitting Costume to Our Last Act:” Mary Shelley’s Alpine Redemption
Staircase Rapid on Idaho’s South Fork Payette River may soon undergo a facelift, and the proposed surgery has spurred a vigorous debate about whether we should alter whitewater to make it safer. It has also instigated the predicable bleats of righteous indignation from the shirtless chest-beater set, who don’t yet know the difference between living fully and dying stupidly. Controversies like this tend to represent larger ethical principles for many people who are passionate about their outdoor sport. For those of us who’ve lost a friend in an outdoor activity, these stories can also carry extra weight: a reminder of a loss that, maybe, was avoidable. As reported recently in a story in High Country News, an outfitter proposed removing a large and dangerous boulder from the class III-IV Staircase Rapid, where a 45-year-old rafting guide named Dean Fairburn drowned in 2007. Although fatalities there are rare, close calls aren’t: 15 to 20 boats wrap on that boulder … [Read more...] about Dumbing Down Adventure, or Saving Lives?
Dear Den Mother,Let’s say I’ve been lost in the woods for a few days when I happen upon a bunch of mushrooms. Which ones are safe to eat? – Wade Boggle, via email ➔ Short answer: None of ’em. Long answer: Don’t eat any mushroom that you wouldn’t bet your life is edible. There are plenty of tasty, edible mushrooms in the woods. There are also a lot of disgusting, poisonous mushrooms that look nearly identical to the good ones. Even mushroom foraging experts have to consult their guidebooks and sometimes mis-ID species. But beyond that, look at the benefit of abstaining: Mushrooms contain plenty of vitamins, but they don’t offer much by way of calories or protein—the two things you’ll need most in a survival situation. When you’re surviving’, you gotta minimize your exposure to risk. Eating a mushroom you feel just … [Read more...] about Den Mother: Are Any Mushrooms Safe to Eat?
In a suburban backyard in Southern California, Ted Nelson stood among a group of men watching a flock of pigeons soar on a blue-sky Saturday. It was mid-April 2006, and this was Nelson's first "fly," a competition among fanciers of Birmingham roller pigeons. Birmingham rollers possess a genetic disposition to roll in midair–they somersault backward so quickly that the birds resemble a pinwheel of whirling feathers. A top competitive flock will "kit," or fly together like a school of fish, and spin almost as one. "There they go!" a man hollered as the pigeons began to tumble. "Oh, that's a nice roll." Ted Nelson was new to the world of roller pigeons. Like a lot of Southern California subcultures, the world of "spinners," as the birds are called, had its own peculiar vernacular, trade secrets, and bitter rivalries. Nelson was a newbie, but he fit right in with his droopy mustache, dirty jeans, and old ball cap. Most of the competitors were blue-collar guys who enjoyed the … [Read more...] about Secret Agent Man
A STAGNANT BOG THE SIZE OF a football field blocks my way forward. I just scrambled shifting, fridge-size boulders and cut through hedge mazes trying to avoid it, but the terrain funneled me down to the water’s edge. I need to get across. Then, somehow, the miles will contract, the insects will quiet, and the thickets will part like the Red Sea. If I can just get across, I’ll make it to the hunting cabins at British Columbia’s Bug Lake, 9 miles away, in time for pot roast tomorrow night. God, I hope they’re making pot roast. Beneath the bog’s surface, a rock sits under a thick coat of orange sediment. I’m thinking a Super Mario hop that would briefly submerge one foot in about 12 inches of water should get me to the grassy bank on the other side, where I can skirt the bog entirely. One, two, three. I jump. My foot plunges through the “rock” and I sink to my navel in the glop. Adrenaline, chill, and fistfuls of grass propel me onto the … [Read more...] about Spatsizi: Canadian For “So Good, It Hurts”