In Memoriam — Al Martinez: More Than a Life Well-Lived

His voice was deep; his soul was too. His humor made you rock with laughter; his insight rocked your world. I never got to squeeze Al Martinez’s hand or give him a hug, though I often wanted to. We lived six hours apart, but when we talked by phone, Al, who died Jan. 12, was in my living room, sitting next to my desk. We laughed at each other’s jokes and exchanged sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly emails about the topics …

Las ciudades más amistosas y menos amistosas de EE.UU.

¿Cuál es la ciudad más amigable de Estados Unidos? Y ¿cuál, la menos amigable? Probablemente las respuestas varí­en de acuerdo a cada experiencia personal, turí­stica o familiar. Sin embargo, ya puedes ahorrarte al menos el disgusto de ir a un lugar poco amistoso o estar preparado para ello con una clasificación de la revista Condé Nast Traveler. La clasificación, basada en la encuesta anual de lectores de la publicación especializada en turismo, revela que las ciudades sureñas encabezan la lista …

Fire in the Wind, Heroes in the City

It is raining this morning, May 6, over greater Los Angeles. It began tapping at our rooftop shortly after midnight and was still coming down as night blossomed into a gray and gloomy day. I felt like cheering. The rain, with its accompanying low temperatures and high humidity, meant that a fire that had burned through almost 30,000 acres of brush and timber in the mountains 40 miles west of the city had been beaten. We had come through another …