Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 2:08 pm
There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.
But today, Libya is a country torn apart. There are now two competing governments, in different cities with their own parliaments and their own military.
A traveler first needs a visa from one government to land in Tripoli, then a so-called "landing permission" to fly east to the other government's territory â and has to hopscotch around jihadist-controlled areas along the way.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 10:07 am
What if you could drink the elixir of life â sip from a magical spring that would make you live forever? Would you do it? That's the question at the heart of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, a celebrated book for young readers that's marking its 40th anniversary this year.
In the book, 10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. The father, Angus Tuck, takes Winnie out in a rowboat to explain how unnatural it is to live forever; how the great wheel of life has to turn:
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm
Several years ago, when her father died unexpectedly, writer Marie Mutsuki Mockett became unmoored. Lost in a deep depression, Mockett turned to Japan's rituals of mourning for a way forward.
Mockett's mother's family owns and runs a temple just 25 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The plant melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Mockett begged her cousin, the temple's priest, to leave, but he refused â he said he needed to stay to care for the souls of the ancestors.