Worthy of Winning…

“Sincerity – if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” – Comedian George Burns – – – – – We’ve just experienced a week in politics that...

It’s the Judgment…

“Would you say that – Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy or not?” Question in August 20 Quinnipiac Poll of voters in Ohio, Florida...

Playing Not to Lose…

Hillary Clinton is campaigning as if she were running out the clock, trying not to lose rather than playing to win. North Carolina’s Dean...

The Self-Reflection Deficit

One of the most distressing things about current American culture – or perhaps I should say the most depressing thing – is the complete...

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...

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...

Roman Holiday

In the trailer for the enduringly sweet 1953 William Wilder film Roman Holiday there is an aerial view of the vast expanse of St. Peter’s...

Inevitable

It was 1948 when the then-Governor of New York, the handsome and fearless former prosecutor – Tom Dewey – defeated the hapless Harry...

Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

Don’t get me wrong, I love the biggest big city in the world. It’s the capitol of everything from food to finance, but New York is also...

Railing Against Rail

I’m going to admit my obvious bias right up front: I love trains. I love travel by train. I collect visits to train stations. I am...

On the Road – Still

The British mystery writer Dick Francis has died. I liked his crisp, descriptive writing and thank him for introducing me, along with...

On the Road

There’s an old story that if you’re headed for hell you’re going to have to change planes in Atlanta. True, except when its snowing. When...