December 4, 1994 |
The icebreaker Pierre Radisson, flagship of the Canadian coast guard's St. Lawrence River fleet, tosses aside chunks of ice the size of cottages. Snow, sky and shoreline blur. Filing along behind us in a wintry convoy are the Federal Kumano, a bulk carrier from Manila, a tramp steamer flying a Panamanian flag, a Hong Kong container ship and a Canadian tanker. The St. Lawrence is a big-shouldered river that can challenge a navigator any time of the year.
May 6, 2003 |
One day not long ago, I was toiling away as a writer on contract for a medium-sized bank in Northern California when the news spread through the cubicles like wildfire: We had been bought by a larger East Coast financial institution. We were all going to lose our jobs. My first thought was: This could be a wonderful opportunity. All right, I'll admit I'd gotten stale. Stale is when you walk around work all day saying, "Okey-dokey artichokey."
December 9, 2002 |
Perched atop this island in Lake Van, the red stone church of Akdamar is prized by Armenians the world over as one of the finest surviving monuments of their ancient civilization. After withstanding more than a millennium of desecration, looting and war, however, one of the holiest sites of the Armenian Orthodox Church is facing ruin. Rainwater seeping through cracks in the dome is washing away biblical frescoes that adorn the interior.
April 14, 1985 |
So what if the Ewings may lose control of their oil company to the conniving Cliff Barnes while Jenna languishes in jail on "Dallas"? Who cares if sniveling Adam is trying to sabotage his way to the top of the Carrington empire while brother Steven bounces like a Ping-Pong ball between his ex-wife and his male lover on "Dynasty"? Even as the prime-time season continues to unfold, the networks are about to decide the NEXT season that starts in September. What will it bring?