You've tried marriage therapy. You've tried date night. You've tried attitude adjustment, and tricking yourself into ignoring the discontent ("Just suck it up. ... Everyone feels mediocre about their marriages. ... Stop being selfish and whiny").
Passions were running at their usual near-fever pitch in the pencil world earlier this year. CollectingPencils.com wanted its readers to identify the pencil held by GM designer Chuck Jordan in a picture that ran alongside his obituary. "Great designer, passing of an age, shall not see his like again, yes, yes, yes ... But what's that pencil he's holding?" Over at PencilRevolution.com, a reviewer appraised the latest specialty offering from General Pencil: "Fit and finish is decent. There are a few less-than-perfect ferrules with wood chips overlapping the edges but it's minimal. I find the austere look very appealing." A reviewer at Pencil.org was less forgiving of a mass-market model from Dixon Ticonderoga: "What I'll say about these pencils is that friends shouldn't let friends use the Dixon Economisers."
South Africa may not have made it big at this year's World Cup, but its local beer -- Castle Lager -- did; SABMiller, Castle's brewer, expects to sell an extra 30 million bottles' worth. Yet most of the growth for this $26-billion-in-sales company is coming not from its home base but from its bold expansion abroad.
It's been 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down in Germany, and unification seems like old news. From a traveler's point of view, the business at hand seems to be to keep the economy going and visitors entertained. Things are changing in Switzerland as well. Germany's southern neighbor continues to impress me with the creative, constructive, and democratic ways it grapples with various challenges. Here are a few changes you'll encounter in both countries in 2010.
For much of the world, Munich is likely to evoke one or more stereotypical images, among them the Glockenspiel in the tower of the neo-Gothic Rathaus, or city hall; the annual Oktoberfest bacchanal; and mustachioed men wearing lederhosen. Style, a word generally not associated with lederhosen, doesn't spring to mind. But these days Munich, Germany's third-largest city and the capital of Bavaria, is shedding its dirndls and feathered caps in favor of cutting-edge design.
Like a German child's fantasy, Nurnberg's fairy-godmother-like teenage angel stretched out her arms and said, "If you're very, very gentle, you can touch my wings." I stayed seated while little Bavarian preschoolers mobbed the stage to touch their Christkind.
Nearly 30 years ago Graham Mackay joined the South African Breweries - now called SABMiller since its acquisition of American brewer Miller in 2002. The world's second-largest brewer (by volume) boosted revenue and operating profits by more than 20 percent last fiscal year, despite another lackluster performance by its U.S. operations.
(Time.com) -- It was not a laid-back Turkish holiday. The citizens of the proud, predominantly Muslim nation had no love of Popes. To the East, the Iranian government was galvanizing anti-Western feeling.
I have a confession to make about breakfast. The best I usually manage is a piece of toast (if I'm good) washed down with juice or coffee as I head out the door. The exception is when I travel. Splurging for breakfast when I'm on the road, I delight in finding the best local spots.
Ever made a midnight run to buy poster board for a school project due the next morning? Afraid of what forms, homework and other forgotten but important pieces of paper might be unearthed in a thorough backpack search? Have a Top 10 list of excuses for missed assignments?
The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, was one of the most powerful men in the Vatican under Pope John Paul II, a strict enforcer of church doctrine who earned the nickname "Cardinal No."