If you’re a sports fan, then this issue’s for you. As you saw on our cover, ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman gives us a guided tour of Maui in Celebrated Weekend. He’s traveled to Hawaii for years and his insider’s knowledge of his favorite island shows.

In the Lifestyle section, don’t miss “A Sports Fan’s Gotta-Do Dream List,” highlighting 50 sporting events you have to make in your lifetime. Sports writer Rudy Klancnik rounds up Holy Grails for all the major sports, from Little League to college to pro. Needless to say, the list is expert but still completely subjective, and there was debate among editors on why this event was mentioned or that event wasn’t. Not exactly what you’d call a sports fan, even I weighed in with an opinion or two, but was pacified when I saw that Rudy had included my alma mater, Texas A&M. (OK, so we didn’t do very well last season, but the rituals surrounding an Aggie game make it a cultural experience steeped in tradition. I’m sure that’s why Rudy included A&M; this editor being an Aggie has nothing to do with it.) Aggie fan or not, you’ll love this feature.

Another story you’ll love is “Auto Retro,”, in which writer Ben Hewitt gives us a sneak peek at the newest sports cars from Nissan and Mazda. Yes, we’re talking the Z and the RX: They’re back and better than ever. Even with a toddler in tow, I’m ready for a test drive — and, justifying the need for speed, Mazda’s product planning folks make the new RX-8 sound downright practical.

In the Travel section, we have a few staff-written pieces, including senior editor Tracy Staton’s story on boat-and-breakfast vacations and senior editor Jill Becker’s piece on the new golf course at the Dominican Republic’s Casa de Campo resort, which also unveils other developments this year.

And, if like many people you made a resolution to be more charitable this year, don’t miss “Win-Win.” Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations need help and are employing unique ways to get people involved; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training athlete training program is just such an innovative approach. Turn to for more on these organizations’ creative fundraising efforts, and how you can help.

As always, there’s much more. Let us know what you think.

Elaine Srnka