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...

The French Way

[Paris] – The chance to spend a few weeks in France this summer provided both the time and the detachment to reflect – on politics, the...

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...

Normandy Celebrates Liberty

[Port en Bessin, Normandy] – We’ve all heard the classic stereotype frequently attached to the French; they’re cool – even cold –...

Nothing Easy About It

[Milan] – Over the weekend the newspapers in France were reporting on one of the worst national rail strikes in memory. The strike was...

Being Defined by History

The man who had twice been Prime Minister of France, an international statesman, a friend of Herbert Hoover and TIME’s Man of the Year in...