June 10, 2009 |
Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and GOP "It" girl, can warm up the Republican base like a hot toddy in a duck blind. But further inside the party organization, the air is a little nippy. What happened? In a word, bungling. Everyone seems to have a Sarah Palin story of ignored calls, mishandled invitations or unanswered e-mail. Disorganized is how one might charitably describe the Palin operation. "Basically, it's just rude," says one political operative who is a Palin fan. "They've been running the great snub machine.
August 3, 2008 |
Alaska is the deepest, most varied hues of green and the most sensual shades of blue. A sparkling iceberg rounded by the sun. The sunset's orange nudging away the day's light. The air is clean. Alaska is Maine on steroids. I know that now. But at about this time last year, Alaska was nothing but an idea. Our family of four still hadn't decided on a summer vacation, and panic had taken hold. Alaska was on the table, but we didn't want to take one of those big cruises. As it turned out, a map, a credit card and a couple of hours on the...
August 3, 2012 |
When I visited Alaska nearly a decade ago, the idea of having a family was an abstract concept. By the time I vacationed there this summer, two small children were ruling my daily existence. I first journeyed to the 49th state in 2003 with three friends, on a trip that entailed sleeping late, hiking wherever and whenever we wanted and relaxing over a few beers at night. This year, I went to report on several stories for The Post, and my husband and I decided that we might as well combine the assignment with a...
September 17, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin "knows more about energy than probably anyone in the United States of America. " Sen. John McCain , NBC interview, Sept. 10 "My job has been to oversee nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas. " Gov. Sarah Palin, Golden, Colo., Sept. 15 The woman touted by John McCain as the most knowledgeable person in America on energy issues has been having a lot of trouble getting her basic energy statistics straight.
January 1, 2009 |
FIFTY MILES FROM TOMORROW A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People By William L. Iggiagruk Hensley Sarah Chrichton/Farrar Straus Giroux. 256 pp. $24 Late in this illuminating memoir, the author recounts a transcendent moment. The time is 1977, the place is Barrow, Alaska, and the occasion is a whaling convention that has evolved into a momentous gathering of Inuit (the "real people" as they call themselves) from the United States, Canada and Greenland. As William L. Iggiagruk Hensley explains, it's the first meeting of these...
May 4, 2008 |
Q. In 2009, my college friends and I will turn 60. The group, five women, has already taken girl trips to Memphis, Hilton Head, San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Chicago and northeastern Florida. We want something special this time. Can you help? Jennifer Maloney, Gaithersburg A. This isn't a girl group, it's a 1982 Go-Go's world tour (and we have the T-shirt to prove it), but never mind. Robin Zell of Just Girl Trips studied your past itineraries closely, finding it odd that the five of you hadn't mixed it up in Las Vegas at...