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  • Sunsets and more await on Anna Maria Island

    Sunsets and more await on Anna Maria Island
    The joy of visiting Anna Maria Island is that a milestone is celebrated every day: the sunsets that are gorgeous enough to inspire spontaneous applause.
  • Global Meltdown Rule No. 1: Do the math

    As a Peruvian educated by British and American teachers, I learned never to embark on a major task without first "doing the math." No more of that Latino "happy go lucky, trust your gut and say three Hail Marys" approach to life. Without measurement, my...

    Which explorer named the Pacific Ocean? a) Juan Ponce de Leon b) Hernando de Soto c) Ferdinand Magellan

    ANSWER: c) Ferdinand Magellan

    A triumph after a mistaken identity

    A triumph after a mistaken identity
    When European explorers made their way to the New World, they were delighted to find, amid the unknown foods, forbidding forests and sometimes hostile native people, a familiar food growing seemingly everywhere: Melons. But they weren't melons. They were...

    "A Voyage Long and Strange," by Tony Horwitz

    In "Pathfinders," his encompassing history of the exploration of the globe, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto notes that the "Atlantic breakthrough" made by Europe at the end of the 15th Century took place in less than a decade. From Christopher Columbus' landfall...