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    Ladies: eat, pray and stretch that check

    Ladies: eat, pray and stretch that check

    They’re homebodies. And they’re affiliative, depending on social and emotional bonds to get through daily life…or so we assume, because when they travel they like to travel with others. And by they, we mean men. Editors for International Living—the on-line and print publication that encourages retirees to find new adventures and, crucially, save money by...
    Worst Beatles song ever?

    Worst Beatles song ever?

    This is way outside our wheelhouse, but nevertheless worthy of note. After years of uncritically embracing Beatles songs, it has been brought to our attention that occasionally, like all mortals, they could—and resoundingly did—suck.   Here’s an example: a recording of John Lennon singing the (deservedly) rare “India India.” No complaints about the quality—it’s a...
    Bill Clinton is going to make you a vegan

    Bill Clinton is going to make you a vegan

    Bill Clinton is a very persuasive man. He’s persuasive in the way every good salesman is persuasive, which is that you don’t know you’re being convinced of something until it’s all over. There’s a good chance you might not even know then. You might be pretty sure it was your idea all along.   Case...
    Hot and heavy

    Hot and heavy

    Two stories collided last week.   First, it was very, very warm, so that the heat map of the United States turned a radiant, stop-sign red—the color of Irish skin after the first day of a beach vacation. So hot, in fact, that the National Park Service had to nag people to stop frying eggs...
    Record-breaking round-the-world voyage for 70-year-old

    Record-breaking round-the-world voyage for 70-year-old

    In an extreme case of a nice elderly lady wandering away from home, 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates has become the oldest woman to sail around the world, solo, without stopping.   The grandmother from Ealing, west London, completed her circumnavigation last week, when she docked her 38-foot yacht Nereida back in Victoria, B.C., after 259 days...
    Badlands glamping in Canada

    Badlands glamping in Canada

    Canada has badlands. I know. Big surprise.   And they look pretty bad. Weirdly capped hoodoos and pointed hills and sharp banded walls where a river has cut through the landscape over the millennia. Also, scorching hot. Plus, as a bonus, Alberta’s badlands come with many, many huge dinosaur skeletons. (Some assembly required.)   In...
    Going on a beer run: the debate continues

    Going on a beer run: the debate continues

    The debate over the health impact of booze, and beer in particular, flows on.   On one hand, as we’ve noted before, there are multiple risks and benefits associated with alcohol. And “a woman might find the risks and benefits shift over time, with the cancer risks of drinking dictating abstinence in a woman’s youth...
    Why does the South hate cyclists?

    Why does the South hate cyclists?

      Walk Score has published its list of the Most Bikeable Large U.S. cities, based on a methodology  that includes infrastructure, hills, connectivity and “mode share”—meaning how many fellow bikers are on the road.   No surprises here. You know who wins this: Portland, San Francisco, Denver. But dig a little deeper into the site’s...
    Before they’re gone: A different kind of bucket list

    Before they’re gone: A different kind of bucket list

    Normally, a bucket list is litany of things you want to see or experiences you want to have before you are no longer of this earth. Or, more precisely, before you are too much of this earth.   Now the Weather Channel has given us a list of things you want to see before they...
    Failure to crunch

    Failure to crunch

     It might not be your fault. If you don’t like to exercise, or if the exercise you do doesn’t seem to count for much, there are reasons that have nothing to do with your discipline, your will, or your moral fiber. You are not a puss. It’s your DNA.   The Wall Street Journal recently...
    Travel notes: Do not try to leap over volcanic steam cracks

    Travel notes: Do not try to leap over volcanic steam cracks

    This ought to be an unnecessary warning, along with “Don’t pet the bison.” But it remains true that what is obvious to you and me might not be clear to someone else. In this case, a 15-year-old visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Said teen thought it would make an excellent story if he were to...
    Fauja Singh, the Harold Stassen of road racing

    Fauja Singh, the Harold Stassen of road racing

    Fauja Singh, the baddest 101-year-old vegetarian marathoner on the planet, has maybe possibly (but not really) retired from competitive racing.   Singh, who turns 102 on April 1, finished last weekend’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25-mile) race in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds—half a minute faster than he ran it last year...