Even as I finished writing this, I still had had no title in mind for this post. Then one moments ago hit me. Poppies are ”red” and both the U.S.A. and Russia have flags of ”red, white, and blue.”
It seems some retired U.S. soldiers who are watching cannot just watch. They know soldiering and want to jump in and help...
I cannot help now but remember back to the 1990s, shortly after the fall of the dictatorial USSR, being alongside Russians and Ukrainians in the US as university students, and later as my students, talking about the NHL, joking about whose Olympics team was better, and above all now and then discussing WHY we had been adversaries since 1945... but we were now, thankfully, no longer adversaries.
Yes, yes, everyone knows France signed an alliance in 1778 with the new U.S. to aid (for a variety of reasons: from some there truly supporting the idea of "liberty" to others who merely saw a great opportunity to stick it to France's long-time adversary, Great Britain) the country in its war for independence. But much less known today...
I find that early period in our history to be truly remarkable. I think it also makes for some pretty good romance/historical novel material, too...
Sadly, it appears that "the future" we had hoped for two decades ago, is over.
It is no secret that this US president evokes wildly negative feelings in many. [Full disclosure: I did not vote for him.]
Travel has become so commonplace an activity. We tend to forget that, as we know it, it is a relatively new thing. We live in a time in which humanity is moving around as never before. Prior to about sixty years ago, most people did not travel for work, leisure, and resettlement, as we do … Continue reading Departures And Arrivals
You may know by now that leaked photos of evidence gathered at the mass murder scene outside Manchester Arena were published in the New York Times on Wednesday. The source that provided the paper with the photographs was evidently within U.S. law enforcement. This is apparently the NYT's core justification and rationale for publishing them: … Continue reading NYT And US Officialdom: Making A Horrible Situation Even Worse
Since about 1750 (after the Reformation, the Civil War, Cromwell, and battles over the succession to the throne), other than during WWII, Great Britain has generally been a pretty safe place. It had some "highwaymen" and street thuggery, but even that was patchy. (In 1800, it also had several dozen offenses for which hanging was … Continue reading In Our Times
America's top official in France from 1785-1789, forty-something Thomas Jefferson, came to believe U.S. diplomats should not be overseas more than about eight years at a stretch. He felt if they (and they were then only men) were, they would lose touch with events and opinions at home. As a result, they would eventually be … Continue reading That Wide Ocean
A bit more "history." Please don't run for cover. I think you'll find this amusing - especially given this is 4th of July weekend in the U.S.: That excerpt is from a recent biography. The first part is from a 1782 letter written by the subject while he was traveling; the second half is from … Continue reading “Land of lovely dames”
This is an interesting web site, and it got me thinking. It's called the "Passport Index." It ranks the world's passports by "power": The "most powerful" are not too surprising. That ranking is due to how many countries you can visit as a tourist on that passport without needing to obtain a visa. In the … Continue reading How “Powerful” Is Your Passport?
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2002 law compelling the Department of State to allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have their passport note their place of birth as Israel. Although President Bush had signed that bill into law, he refused to carry it out. President Obama continued that refusal. The … Continue reading In Your U.S. Passport: Place Of Birth
Needing a haircut, I decided to take an hour or two away from the computer yesterday morning. We're still new in the area, and I ventured into a barber shop I'd been to once before. My cutter this time was not who'd cut my hair previously, but I recalled he had been there trimming someone … Continue reading A Cutting Experience