11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun… 1. Cronuts – New York City’s new pastry craze – go for $40 on the black market. (Learn more at AARP) 2. One more reason to have sex: It’s good for your knees, elbows and other joints. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Make that two more reasons: Regular sex can make you look 7 years younger. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. In the first suit filed under a new Chinese law, a court ordered a woman to visit her mother at least twice a …

Visit Your Parents or Be Sued: Is That Un-American?

Bulletin from Wuxi, China: In the first suit filed under the country’s new law requiring adult children to visit their parents “often,” a court ordered a woman to check in on her 77-year-old mother at least twice a month, and on at least two of the country’s big holidays. With our summer vacations in full swing in the United States, we wonder whether a similar “don’t-you-dare-ignore-your-parents” law would fly here? Discussion: Zimmerman Verdict of Not-Guilty: Was Justice Served? Today’s Americans …

The New Bird Flu: Many Worries, Few Solutions

The numbers are modest but still alarming: 13 dead, 60 sick, from a new strain of bird flu in eastern China, according to the latest reports. But even though the H7N9 virus so far has not spread outside of China, both national and international health officials worry that it may be just a matter of time before it does – and right now there’s no vaccine to protect against the disease. The New York Times reported on a new analysis by …

Seeing the Real Beijing: The Hutongs – the Old Fashioned Way

For the last leg of our Trans-Siberian railway journey, we spent almost three days in Beijing.  There we enjoyed seeing the city’s modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, colorful shopping districts and first-class hotels. Towards the end of our visit, our guide reminded us that we had one more urban adventure on the agenda – a visit to Beijing’s Hutong district aboard a bicycle rickshaw.  I wasn’t sure what more there was to see in the city, so I looked at him …