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!

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

The Mars Boycott

Halloween is here and I'm taking a stand. I will eat nothing wrapped in orange, brown, yellow, or gold. I declare Mars and the rest of Candy Corp America persona non grata in my home! Here's  why: The average child eats about 3 cups of sugar and 7,000 calories on Halloween. They'd have to walk approximately … Continue reading The Mars Boycott

Patchworks–Reviewed

Visit Michael Sahno's website and take up his offer to receive his latest work, Rides from Strangers. He also reviews Patchworks, excerpted below: Patchworks: A Book Review by Michael Sahno | Oct 2, 2017 | Articles Today I woke to the all-too-familiar tragic news of yet another mass shooting. Sadly, we all know what will … Continue reading Patchworks–Reviewed

Response to Domestic Terror

Yesterday, a respectful silence. For the victims. For the families. For those traumatized anew by  preventable violence. Today, rage. Rage, and an assertion: The collusion between congress and the NRA’s K St campaign threatens American freedom more than those other popular bogeymen of fascism: illegal immigration and foreign terrorist organizations. The U.S. Government’s response to … Continue reading Response to Domestic Terror

Witch Hunt

Let's not kid ourselves. Among the many mistakes in Arthur Miller's talented life (he divorced Marilyn Monroe after just 5 yrs) was his choice of title for The SINGLE GREATEST Story About American History's Salem Witch Trials. The Crucible. The Crucible? What's this, Chemistry class? Are we grinding elements here to torch them with a … Continue reading Witch Hunt

Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby---together again. '...It spoke to you, and that pleases me.' Sally (Meg Ryan): “Well, let’s just say I’m not a big fan of Jimmy Breslin.” Jess (Bruno Kirby): “Well, he’s the reason I became I writer, but that’s not important.” Marie (Fisher): "Restaurants are to people in the 80s what theater … Continue reading Jimmy Breslin

December 06, 2004

Remembering those we lost. Remembering those who survived. Remembering this awful day and its  protracted aftermath. It's the aftermath that sticks most. The long period that stretched through weeks when our broken mission pulled itself together again. We pulled ourselves up from piles of ash and dust; from the pulverized concrete and glass shattered by bullets fired … Continue reading December 06, 2004

UN-der Woman

Last month the high-flying poobas of the world donned their UNGA-wear and boarded private jets to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Oh! How they did clog the streets of Gotham in pursuit of... What exactly is it they pursued beyond a display of wealth and power? And now the UN---it's very name suggestive of nothingness, the opposite … Continue reading UN-der Woman

What Would You Do About Bad Journalism?

I never thought I’d say this: Sarah Palin is right. “What would you do, if elected president, about Aleppo,” can only be described as Gotcha Journalism. The question is particularly egregious in a conversation like the one between Gary Johnson and Mike Barnicle on MSNBC. The two were talking about domestic politics, the role of … Continue reading What Would You Do About Bad Journalism?