Why you should kick the “bucketlist”


It’s never been a great idea to plan any aspect of your life around a buzzword popularized by a terrible movie. And Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as selfish dying strangers who run off in their final days to tackle a handful of testicular-swelling tasks, happens to be a terrible movie. It got panned on its release in 2006, yet it … Read on

My dad’s ‘bucket list’: Black Hills, South Dakota


Last year, on the 10th anniversary of my dad’s death, I wrote about taking my dad to one his ‘bucket list’ destinations — before that term was in use: the Black Hills of South Dakota. As I wrote last April: Lonely Planet sent me on a research trip around the Great Plains, and I cajoled him away from work for a few days … Read on