The GOP Prairie Fire…

In his scathing takedown of the modern Republican Party – How the Right Lost Its Mind – the conservative former Wisconsin radio talk show...

A Surprising Politician

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is one of the few politicians these days that can genuinely surprise with his words and actions. He...

A Celebration of Politics Working…

It would be easy – even inevitable – given the dysfunctional state of American politics to just say the heck with it – nothing works any...

Onboard the Orient Express

Tenth in a series from Europe… And what more exotic destination than Istanbul or, better yet, Constantinople. From the 1880’s until the...

Some Things Just Don’t Translate

Ninth in a series from Europe… The French are famous, or depending upon your point of view notorious, for their attempts to protect the...

Some Things Are Better Alone

[Paris] – On a European scale the apparatus of daily life – the kitchen gadgets, the automobiles and, yes, the household appliances – are...

The Day the World Changed Forever

[Paris] – We are not always able to precisely identify the exact moment when some overarching event changed the world. History is rarely...

Ah, but the strawberries…

[Paris] – I have been thinking about – and eating – strawberries. I bought my strawberries last weekend from a fruit stall along the Rue...