Old Faithful geyser, erupting just about every 90 minutes: for many years, this geological icon, and the camera-toting tourists who watch its super-heated water spew skyward, constituted my mental imagery of Yellowstone National Park. Sure, I knew bears and bison wandered this pretty wilderness area, too. All very nice, but I was in no rush to visit.
Sometimes I can get things wrong. Really, really wrong.
Six years ago, I finally went to Yellowstone. I've returned twice and the region's beauty lingers in my dreams.
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The novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell is an American classic. As with any great book, it inspires wildly different responses from readers. It's also the subject of our latest PG-13, where we hear from authors about the books that introduced them to the world of adult ideas.
Last weekend I was among the legion of ecstatic metalheads that had descended upon Baltimore to attend Maryland Deathfest. In its 10th year, the Sonar compound was bursting at the seams with fans from across the spectrum and around the globe, stoking a community that stays connected long after the outdoor stages on East Saratoga Street are taken down.
Wal-Mart has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from a conservative political group that advocates the "Stand Your Ground" laws that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.
Named the JJA Guitarist of the Year in June 2011, Russell Malone hails from Albany, Geo. Malone grew up absorbing music from his bedrock, the church, as well as popular blues and country tunes on radio and TV. For his golden-toned melodies played in octaves (try that some time!) and more, Malone is heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery.
Meetings of current, former and future presidents are uncommon, and this one, on Jan. 7, 2009, was a once-in-28-years affair. From left, George H.W. Bush joins then-President-elect Obama, then-President George W. Bush and fellow former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for lunch. It was the first time since 1981 that all living presidents had been together at the White House.
President Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson and former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman attend funeral services for Sam Rayburn in Bonham, Texas on Nov. 18, 1961.
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Former presidents often gather for significant events, such as funerals of heads of state and other major figures. Here, President George W. Bush, his wife Laura, former President George H.W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice kneel by the body of Pope John Paul II inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, on April 6, 2005.
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President George H.W. Bush stands with former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before the dedication ceremonies for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Nov. 4, 1991.
President Ronald Reagan and former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter, offer a toast at the White House on Oct. 8, 1981 as the four met prior to the departure of the three former Presidents to Cairo for the funeral of President Sadat.
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President Obama and his wife Michelle host a rare get-together with their White House predecessors on Thursday, as former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura had their official portraits unveiled.
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President Barack Obama gestures toward former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama, at the White House in Washington, Thursday, during a ceremony where the Bushs' portraits were unveiled.
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President George Walker Bush by John Howard Sanden.
In a rare moment of harmony in Washington, President Obama hosted former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush for the unveiling of the couple's official portraits.
It's a tradition that dates back to 1800, when the White House acquired its first work of art: a full-length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.
During a ceremony in East Room of the White House, President Obama noted that fact saying that while Washington is constantly engulfed in partisan bickering, the "Presidency transcends those differences."
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the controversial health care law in June. Many legal analysts expect the Justices to strike down parts of the law in a split, 5-4 decision, prompting a debate among legal scholars about what the decision will reveal about the politics of the High Court.