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  1. The holidays have always served as milestones by which we mark the passing years. Our memories of successive Thanksgivings, Hanukkahs, and Christmases—the gatherings, the candlelight, the thoughtful...
  2. A smoker’s definition of the perfect cigar will depend as much on the time of day as on his palate. Even stalwarts will find heavier cigars overwhelming at a morning affair, and those same veterans...
  3. Finally—after years of design and R&D, missed deadlines, and revised timetables—very light jets (VLJs) soon will reach customers. More than a half-dozen companies are building these zippy...
  4. The crew members of Cambria responded most graciously when Lulworth prevailed over their yacht to take second place in the Big Boats category during this summer’s Argentario Sailing Week off Italy’s...
  5. Over Kansas, on the way from New York to Los Angeles, the hip-hop mogul realized that the jet had run out of vodka. He ventured that a stop in Las Vegas was in order, and the other luminaries on the...
  6. Chub Cay is one suitable destination for the Seawind 300C amphibian plane ( www.seawind.biz ). Seawind, which currently is flight-testing the plane, reports that the aircraft operates on the water...
  7. Among the millions of tales concerning the Emerald Isle is the one about the Aer Lingus captain, who, upon his airliner’s approach to Shannon Airport, advised the passengers, “We will shortly be...
  8. John Winston, an artist who prefers to go by simply Winston, recently carved a 391-carat chunk of turquoise into the shape of an American bald eagle. The piece is an impressive example of his work,...
  9. Exploring the factories of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers requires an invitation, but even if they do open their doors, you may never see what really makes them tick. Though I had visited...
  10. Even when abetted by the most advanced pearl-farming methods, an oyster’s chances of producing a high-quality South Sea pearl are no better than about 200 to 1. The Paspaley pearl farms, located...

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