Travelog | Returning to the Smokies six months after a deadly wildfire

When Dolly Parton dreamed up the idea of an amusement park in East Tennessee, she said it would be “a fantasy city. A Smoky Mountain fairyland.”

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg

One of Germany’s 16 Federal States, Baden-Württemberg covers some 35,750 sqkm and has a total population of just under 11 million. If Baden-Württemberg were an independent country

Food & Beverage | Tours for chocolate lovers not just about sampling sweets

A tour for chocolate lovers in Brooklyn, New York, isn’t just about tasting the final product. It also gives a peek at factories, neighborhoods and even business

Australia | Coral vs Coal

* Movies: The Exception * Books:The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer * Music: Transient Lullaby by The Mastersons * Wine: Old

In ‘The Exception,’ a lion in Nazi Germany winter

Has any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer? In British theater director David Leveaux’s WWII thriller “The Exception,” Plummer plays Wilhelm II, the exiled

Winawer explores passionate love story in ‘Scribe of Siena’

When Beatrice Trovato’s brother dies unexpectedly, the accomplished neurosurgeon takes a leave of absence to settle his affairs. Traveling to Siena proves a welcome distraction from the

‘Transient Lullaby’ filled with beautiful harmony

Music in marriage is especially mellifluous these days. Whitehorse, Tennis and Little Silver are among the couples turning quality couplets. And then there’s Chris Masterson and

News of the World | Priorities of coral and coal clash in Aussie Sunshine State

Coal mining and environmental tourism are both cash cows for the state of Queensland, a resource-rich northeast playground that promotes itself as Australia’s “Sunshine State.” But the Carmichael coal project, a

Old World versus New World

The wine world is divided into two main categories: The Old World (basically Europe and a part of the Middle East) and the New World (Chile, Argentina, the

Travelog | Ciudad Juarez museum seeks to tell Mexican Revolution story

Towns along the U.S.-Mexico border often are stereotyped as enclaves for bar-hoppers, smoky factories, cheap souvenirs and long entry lines for cargo and trucks. They also

Mexico, drugs and headlines | The year(s) of living dangerously

* Books: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building * Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg * Music: Neva Left by Snoop Dogg * Wine: The Gentry of Rheinhessen * F & B: Walnut Potica     DOWNLOAD

Snoop Dogg looks back on CD reflecting rap’s shift

There’s a strong whiff of the past on Snoop Dogg’s new album, starting with the cover: A throwback photo of the young rapper taken almost 25 years

Sandberg wants to change the conversation about death

On their last day together, the Silicon Valley elite couple Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg were sunbathing and playing the popular strategy board game The Settlers of Catan on

Pitt goes all out in flawed satire ‘War Machine’

Brad Pitt (left) and Ben Kingsley in a scene from "War Machine" Here’s a general rule of thumb: If you’re going to rely heavily on voiceover to

The Gentry of Rheinhessen

Demarcated clockwise by the Rhine in the north and east, the Haardt Mountains in the south and the Nahe in the west, Rheinhessen is situated on the left bank

News of the world | Mexican journalists caught in crossfire of rival cartels

Just as each batch of the weekly newspapers was dropped off at newsstands around Culiacan men quickly bought them up as they followed the delivery trucks along

Food & Beverage | Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines. As Melania Trump approached and shook hands

Welcome to New Vegas

  * Movies: Wakefield * Books: It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell * Music: Gumbo by PJ Morton * Wine: Sparkling World * Digital Life: Pantsuit Nation   DOWNLOAD