Buckle Up!

I watched in suspended horror and fascination as the single-engine Socata bobbed and wobbled just 50 yards from our windshield on the way out to Annapolis tonight. We had a good 15 seconds to watch it fly just above oncoming traffic to our left -- put it at 40 or 50 feet over those cars … Continue reading Buckle Up!

Dear Pepe,

The ugliness caught up with you. Charlottesville rebuked your kind in August. This week, the entire Commonwealth did. I'm not one to gloat, Pepe. I like democracy. I like the free flow of ideas and the First Amendment. I even like torches --- especially when carried before the White House to celebrate suffrage for African … Continue reading Dear Pepe,

Mental Deviants & Gun Nuts

A dozen years ago when I worked in Saudi Arabia, the government had a habit of referring to domestic terrorists as 'deranged' and calling them 'mental deviants.' We mocked the Saudis mercilessly for it. The Royals were denying reality. They failed to acknowledge and confront the extremist forces at loose in the Kingdom, extremist views … Continue reading Mental Deviants & Gun Nuts

House of Cards, Sleight of Hand –Ed.

I re-read this old post in light of today's widely reported allegations against Kevin Spacey. Now I know why the opening credits are so creepy. Think the opening credits for House of Cards is just some anodyne tour around the nation’s capital? Not so. One minute into the 90 second clip the camera pans desolate … Continue reading House of Cards, Sleight of Hand –Ed.

Walden in Africa & Other Diplomatic Readings

Among the 53 titles compiled in this Month's Foreign Service Journal is Dan Whitman's Answer Coming Soon. Whatever else it provides to those who read it, Answer undeniably will provide this: a reflection on the power of books. The power is especially profound for those who spend their lives in places where electricity can be spotty … Continue reading Walden in Africa & Other Diplomatic Readings