Count me as one of the millions of women motivated to learn to play chess after watching Beth play in the Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit. I paid for Chess.com’s Gold membership, $30 for the year. I became one of many women inspired to take up the game. Two weeks ago, I downloaded the Chess.com app on my iPad. I’ve played opponents from all over the world, studied strategies, practiced chess puzzles, and more. I discovered quickly that I’m not a prodigy. I’m too impulsive to really care about strategies and move by pieces by the book.
When I win…
In 1865, Guanajuato’s new burial taxes were more than some people could afford, but the government didn’t care. There was money to be made. After three missed payments, gravediggers removed the body from its grave. The gravediggers then placed the corpses in airtight wooden slots above ground. Many poor people were never buried at all. All of these people are on eternal display for the rest of time at the Guanajuato Mummy Museum.
I couldn’t post on Instagram my photos from inside the museum because it’s upsetting.
My husband and I are living in Coyoacán, an upscale neighborhood in Mexico City. The city has a high number of COVID infections, but the streets are busy. There are always a lot of working people waiting for the city buses. Others are standing in line to buy food from street vendors. You might think they’re not too worried about the virus, but really, they need to get on with their lives. They all wear face masks. They need to earn money.
We’re all living in stressful times. The virus. Loneliness. Politics. The economy. …
The Brooklyn Bridge has always been a center of fascination. Maybe it was the gothic architecture. Maybe the story of death and dangerous during construction. Or maybe its instant leap to worldwide marvel. Whatever it was, the Brooklyn Bridge has always inspired people.
On July 22, 2014, people noticed the American flags on the 276-foot Brooklyn Bridge towers were missing. They had been replaced with what appeared to be white surrender flags.
What did these surrender flags symbolize? And was it a warning for something worse to come?
Police scrambled to find an explanation, scanning video surveillance recordings. Intelligence agencies…
There’s something fascinating about putting the pieces together to learn the whole story. Maybe that’s why we love to watch real-life crime show and detective series. But evidence can be a tricky thing.
For a long time, people in parts of Queens, NY, were complaining about loud music lasting until 4 or 5 am! The music wasn’t every night, but it was often. Neighbors called the police on each other. At first, police would show up at quiet houses to find the sleepy neighbors in pajamas. Nobody could find the house with the loud music.
But the music was real…
Maybe you use your GPS to find a faster route to work. When you’re traveling, though, sometimes you cross your finger.
I’m pretty sure that on some of the streets I’ve driven down, my GPS was winging it. Like it had a pretty good idea how to get to the destination.
There have been times when my husband Dan had to get into a taxi so that I could follow him to our destination.
I hate the GPS, but Dan always defends it. “Imagine if we didn’t have it!” he says. That’s why I always drive, and Dan always navigates.
Malinche was born with the name Malinali.
Malinali already had problems before Hernán Cortés landed in Mexico.
Malinali, was born around the year 1500 along the Gulf of Mexico. Her family were nobles from the Nahua tribe, but that didn’t help Malinali much.
When her father died, her mother re-married. Her mother then had a child with her new husband. They wanted their new son to inherit the family’s wealth.
Malinali’s mother sold her into slavery.
I’m standing in the National Palace, posing next to a giant maguey, like Frida did in her 1937 Vogue magazine photo shoot.
I didn’t visit Mexico to discover any undying human spirit, but there it was. My GPS constantly mispronounced the indigenous names, like Coatzacoalcos. I was always Googling food and ingredients.
The Aztecs were already enjoying guacamole when Hernán Cortés arrived. The Maya have been eating corn tortillas for thousands of years.
UNESCO made Mexican food an Intangible World Heritage because of its antiquity.
Mexico is wealthy in natural resources. We have driven through jungle, along the coastline and swamps, up mountains and past volcanos. …
In 1970, Ed Welch and Bruce Frey hired a guide who, in ten days, taught them jungle survival. Then, they set out alone, by canoe, along the Amazon river.
Outside Magazine ‘s podcast episode, Treed By A Jaguar, gives you an exciting, firsthand account of this adventure.
Ed and Bruce confronted Bolivian soldiers. They were spooked by unknown jungle noises. They spent the night high up in a tree, hoping to escape the jaws of a jaguar below. Surviving the jungle, they tell the tale.
Both Ed and Bruce learned life lessons. Ed learned he could confront anything. Bruce became…