Freedom Of Speaking

My concerns are family and friends and even an employer, but those are PERSONAL. If I don't face prison for my opinions, I have freedom of speech.

This Fourth

In 2020 as Americans yet again we are extra-engaged in reflecting upon what we were and what we are, what we believe, whether we really act on what we state we believe, and how we may put such beliefs into better practice.

An Education

For as presumably one of "those" charged with having "conspired" to "hide" distasteful stuff about American history and politics from eager to learn young people fully committed to the ever-sponge-like soaking up of the past, and who could not be torn from the library bookstacks, this evidently needs stating plainly.

“25” Strangers?

Writing fiction thankfully still escapes ... efforts at "standardization" and "formalization" and must always.

Welcome To The United Kingdom, Meghan (Repost)

Appropriate today, I think for a "repost." Aside from the very end, I originally posted what follows on November 28, 2017...

Lessons Of An Earlier Time

What is going to become of our Kindle (and other e-readers) books a couple of generations down the road? Will a twenty year old born "50 years" from now even be able to access a "2019 tech" produced e-book?

Flowers On The Edge

I entitled this post "Flowers On The Edge" at the last minute because I had felt she was much like a lovely flower and always living on the cutting edge of life - determined to live well no matter what.

Now, Listen

The more I write, the more I feel what I write is often a product of what has happened to me that I could not entirely control - memorable people, unexpected events, new ideas, and intriguing experiences and exchanges. All of us also occasionally feel ignorant, out of our depth, and even stupid...

The Inexorable Passage Of Time

Remember this too. When we're younger, we are often more challenged by what we believe to be older people's "narrow-minded" and "old-fashioned" opinions. Someday, though, *you* will also be the older relative your younger relations will almost certainly consider out of touch and maybe even batty...

To Challenge Ignorance

In a restaurant in 1939 Germany, thirty-ish American foreign service officer "Leslie Slote" and young American twenties-something expat "Byron Henry" - who had just returned from the chaos of Poland during the German invasion weeks earlier - fall into discussing anti-Semitism...

“Wherever you are in the world”

When I began writing that first book in 2012, I had thought it might interest mostly Americans. There is a group of Americans - I learned as a college lecturer - who love reading books about Europe, and especially about France.

Not A Kids’ Game

I suppose as a result I have been rewarded to learn I have had readers from not only in the US, Britain, and France, and elsewhere in Europe, but also in South America, India, and the Middle East - Lebanon, especially - and other places.

Our Friends’ Views

Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957-1963, once remarked that he felt he had to contend with two types of "anti-Britishness" among Americans, and especially among US officials...

Losing The Plot

What the hell happened? Every successive film now seems to move it increasing light years more away from 1977's Mark Hamill, Sir Alec Guinness, and crowd... and not in a good way.

School Daze

Earlier I had noticed that my in-laws (who were out for a time) had a copy of Passports, my first book of that trilogy, sitting (sort of hidden, behind a picture frame, but still easily visible) on a chest of drawers in the entrance hall.