Foolproof crackers

ABOUT A YEAR ago, Sherry and I were in a small town in Minnesota staying at a Residence Inn. It was your typical chain hotel with nondescript rooms. But this place had quite the happy hour. It wasn't the friendly service or copious amounts of alcohol that impressed us the most, though. It was the …

Brotherly love

I had to make a decision involving one of the most basic of human needs: use the bathroom now or chance a long ride? We -- my siblings and our respective spouses -- were on the upper northwest side of the island of Oahu, about to make our return to our vacation rental, a fair …

City of Fallen Angels

Los Angeles is a city of contrasts. It’s where the arid desert meets the rolling ocean waves. There is incredible wealth, and absolute poverty. The superficial vs. the serious. As the heat waves roll up from the pavement of a nondescript strip mall near LAX, the pristine San Gabriel mountains, blessed with a crown of …