In his short life, Dylan Thomas became one of the world's first multimedia superstars through his spellbinding poetry, stage readings, and dramatic writing for the stage, screen, radio and television.

The thought of visiting Alaska in the winter may fill you with shivers and a longing to hibernate, but for adventure-seekers, it is prime playtime.

INDIANAPOLIS - If you meet Rick Garrett, our country's most fastidious chronicler of the Indiana breaded pork tenderloin, one may notice similarities between man and sandwich.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Where once gunfire and the roar of a motorcycle filled the air, the sound of high-pitched giggling can now be heard at Universal Studios Hollywood. Yellow-skinned Minions - made popular through the two "Despicable Me" movies - have pushed the Terminator out of his home on the theme park grounds.

LA CONNER, Wash. - Nearby tulip fields aren't the only reason to visit this little town. But with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival running the whole month of April, that's undoubtedly why many visitors will make the drive in coming weeks.

LOS ANGELES - It could be argued, maybe not by snooty art historians but certainly by congenitally low-brow connoisseurs of kitsch, that to be famous in America, truly iconic, one's likeness must be painted on black velvet.

One afternoon in Bimini, I was out doing what people do in Bimini - fish - when I mentioned to my guide that I was in the mood for pizza.

I happened to be looking up when they flew overhead, a flock of white storks heading south along the Costa Brava, in Catalonia, on Spain's Mediterranean coast.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Strong winds might blow through Chicago, and New York might never lay its head upon its pillow, but no city lives up to its nickname with as much gusto as Music City does. From the tourist-thronged honky-tonks along Broadway to the street-corner busker armed with only a guitar, a dream and the Merle Haggard songbook, you can't walk 5 feet in Nashville day or night without finding an opportunity to watch live music.

LONDON - He craved more, more and even more stuff.

Good news out of Palm Springs last week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years.

In his short life, Dylan Thomas became one of the world's first multimedia superstars through his spellbinding poetry, stage readings, and dramatic writing for the stage, screen, radio and television.

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