Andrew Avis, a construction safety consultant on vacation from the United Kingdom, has been stranded in New York since Saturday. He and his wife, Sandy, marked their 38th wedding anniversary on the Amtrak train from Orlando on Friday night - but were planning to splash out more lavishly when they arrived in New York, before traveling on to visit friends in Rhode Island. Instead, they found their train out of New York on Sunday was canceled and were forced to hole up in the city as it braced itself for the incoming storm. "I wasn't anticipating coming here with two Sandys," said Avis, 64.
Halloween-All-Year-Round (with art and fact box: Halloween-By-The-Numbers)
When the jack-o'-lanterns have all burned out and the candy wrappers have been swept away, Jim Warfield won't be hanging a "closed" sign in the window of the Raven's Grin Inn, the haunted mansion he runs in the small Illinois town of Mount Carroll. With its twisted passageways, secret tunnels and reported sightings of a "Lady in White," the eerie 19th-century house draws visitors all year long -- and Warfield accommodates them.
Devastation is devastation, whether a hurricane rips up your home or a tornado takes the person you love most in the world. It's loss, shock and confusion. It's anger and sadness and resentment. It's being flustered like you've never been flustered before. But it's going to be OK: Take it from the people who survived Hurricane Katrina and the Missourians from Joplin whose town was leveled by the worst tornado in U.S. history. They want Sandy survivors to know a few things.
Photographers and artists have a long relationship with art books as vehicles that share their work with audiences beyond the gallery circuit. But do those books have a shelf life beyond their era?
Fall is upon us, and that means the school year is in full swing. Along with the stress of homework assignments and extracurricular activities, unfortunately some students bear an additional burden -- bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, pushing the issue to the forefront of the nation's consciousness. Educators and legislators are under pressure to prevent bullying, and many schools are implementing programs such as A Classroom of Difference, Steps to Respect and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports that teach empathy, interpersonal skills and respect for those who don't fit into the mainstream. But not everyone agrees with this approach to managing bullying.
I never thought I'd be here, but here I am. And let me tell you -- dating at midlife just ain't what it's cracked up to be. What's that, you say? Internet dating is all the rage! There's no stigma anymore. It makes perfect sense. With our hypercharged careers, family responsibilities, keeping up with the news and working out -- who has the time to meet people anymore? Forget singles bars. What woman in her 50s really enjoys meeting strange men at bars? Oh, wait. Most Internet "first dates" begin at bars. With strange men. Still, the draw is strong. Everybody seems to know somebody who's met her significant other online.