'Toto! What happened to Kansas?'

by Barbara Simpson -- Kansas? It isn't even Oz! And the wizard isn't a little old man sitting behind a curtain, pulling strings and levers to influence our perceptions. No, in our more…

Enviros down in flames

by Barbara Simpson -- The inferno continues in Tucson as I write. It's one of at least eight wildfires in Arizona and the fire season's just beginning. With the heat, wind and more…

Hey boss, he hit me!

by Barbara Simpson -- If you are tee'd off about the disarming of Americans, with laws making it harder to purchase guns and nearly impossible in some states to get a permit more…

There's no witch in this witch hunt

by Barbara Simpson -- Slammed with a 9-count federal indictment, Martha Stewart is battling for her personal and professional life. Whipping up a souffle or stitching some curtains isn't going to hack more…

South Africans escape the horror

by Barbara Simpson -- Editor's note: This is the last in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2.The woman on the plane next to me was the epitome of elegance. more…

The dangers of South Africa's mirage

by Barbara Simpson -- South Africa is like the mysterious veiled face of a woman – alluring and tempting. Even removing of a veil or two, that impression doesn't change. But when more…

The South African mirage

by Barbara Simpson -- There's more wrong in Africa than AIDS, although you'd never know it from the headlines. All the focus seems to be on that totally preventable killer disease because more…

A mom by any other name

by Barbara Simpson -- "What do you want to do when you grow up, little girl?" "I want to get married and have babies." That was then. Now, she's supposed to say more…

Silver-tongued defense for Laci's husband

by Barbara Simpson -- And you thought we'd seen everything with OJ's trial! Baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Let's see, what do we have: One dead young wife, who was almost more…

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

by Barbara Simpson -- CNN hit the air 23 years ago, the result of Ted Turner's vision and chutzpah. "Traditional journalism" snickered and called the new-fangled competition the Chicken Noodle Network. It more…