Quick Getaways: Solvang serves up lots of calories, but lets you walk them off
The quaint – some would say over-the-top – streets are lined with nearly 100 shops selling clogs, cuckoo clocks, antiques, art and collectibles. Mixed in are wine-tasting rooms, bakeries and restaurants serving fare ranging from classic Danish to Mexican....
April 1, 2015
Trekking Around Titlis: Snowshoeing in Central Switzerland
It's late afternoon, that magical part of the day when the sun gives those last rays everything it's got. The pretty alpine landscape now seems magical, as a pink hued glow is cast upon the snow. Only the soft crunch of snowshoes striking the ground ...
March 23, 2015
Huge Portland-themed cuckoo clock travels the Northwest
Whatever you're imagining, it's likely on the new enormous cuckoo clock commissioned by Travel Portland that's currently on display in Portland as part of the #PDXNow winter tourism campaign. The 24-foot-tall clock features intricate carvings of iconic ...
November 14, 2014
Giant cuckoo clock lands at Portland International Airport
Passengers wondering what time it is at Portland International Airport can look at a watch, a smartphone or a digital flight display board. But it's now far more entertaining to do a time check at the giant cuckoo clock that recently landed in the ...
December 29, 2014
'Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart' beats with imagination
"Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" continues the recent string of European filmmakers producing small but interesting animated films for a fraction of the cost of a U.S. production. "Cuckoo-Clock" never reaches the level of "The Secret of Kells" or ...
September 23, 2014
HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Windsor's Gingerbread House and a choreographed light show
22, national viewers will get a look at the home's hand-made painted candy canes, a large cuckoo clock, animatronic Disney characters, gingerbread figures and thousands of lights synchronized to music such as “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian ...
December 12, 2014
Should Mentally Ill People Be Forced Into Treatment?
conditions for life. The popular backlash, made famous through books and movies such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, led to a general consensus against forcing anyone, under any circumstances, to receive psychiatric treatment against their will....
February 20, 2015
Ever since Juliette was born, it has been hard for me to imagine the next step, the next age. It seems like the next year's age is a different species. And even now when I see kids who are a few years older than Juliette, I am always amazed that they are still small, still young at heart. It's like in my mind I think they turn into adults at age nine or something. Take bath time. She knows she has to take a bath or sponge bath or shower every day. The other night she was truly sobbing with me trying to explain that at the beginning of the bath she doesn't like it, and at the end she doesn't want to get out. It's amazing how once she started first grade she came home with little bits and baubles in her pockets. Within a week she knew how to play and was bringing new marbles home every day. Then there is the elastic bracelet craze, all those Kinder surprise toys, pictures of Disney princesses, or beads she found on the floor. And mostly, I'm still glad my little girl is still little.
On the bottom plate: Hidden away at the back was a small selection of salad topped with a zingy dressing, accompanied by a quiche and three small sandwiches - cream cheese and cucumber, ham and cucumber and ham and tomato. On the top plate: A scone with a small pot of clotted cream and another filled with jam. Next to it a dessert, which I can only think that could be a banana cream pie (we had no idea what it was but devoured it either way), alongside the unknown banana dessert was another unknown cake- a sponge delight with a citrus-y kick - and... You could have taken away the food and I'd have still have been happy and looking around the room for something new to look at (please don't take away my food, though. Alice in Wonderland fan, Disney fan, tea fan or cake fan, you will adore this place. And if you are neither of those, I'm still pretty convinced you'll love it. Even the toilet decor is pretty.
2014 Animation at the movies Well, the Golden Globes were last night, and the Oscar nominations are revealed on Thursday. If I'm going to do this annual review of animated movies, I best get it done. There were some movies I was really looking forward to. There were other films that came as delightful surprises. Big Hero 6 Disney, drawing from their Marvel comics portfolio. Someone at Disney, most likely Lassiter, continues the mantra story first, story second, story third. I found this movie to be an absolute delight. Well constructed story, and boy, did it dance that fine line between tragic, sobbing sadness, and slapstick comedy. And, the reveal of the villain surprised me - they had done an outstanding job of blending comic book tropes with red herrings to pull off a perfect magicians sleight on hand attention redirection. This movie will get a nomination, but I'm not sure it will win. It's not PIXAR (in fact, PIXAR released no movie this year), and Dreamworks dished up some seriously good competition this year (more on that below). The Book of Life 20th Century Fox, Guillermo del Torro I believe this was animated by a studio in Dallas, TX. I enjoyed the heck out of this movie. The story wasn't perfect - the lead female character was a bit too Mary Sue by the end.