“1899” Was ***NOT*** The Good Old Days

How about history? The internal combustion engine on which we now rely simply cannot be viewed in isolation without any thought given to what had been before it. It is not as if it had not existed we would all dwell in immaculate urban pedestrianized New Yorker-style cartoon locales where everyone is cycling and doing yoga and going to therapy.

If You Are Younger Than About 35…

We as Americans among ourselves may at times forget - or we are MANIPULATED into forgetting by demagogues such as the soon to be ex-president - that we have more in common than we may realize.

A Taste Of 20th Century Living

Gather 'round, kids, and let me share with you a taste 20th century living. We booked our coming trip entirely using the internet: flights, accommodation, taxi. Before the internet existed, to book an airline ticket it was commonplace in those olde days to visit a business - a physical building - that was called a "travel agency."

“That’s our boy!”

I'm not a Spurs fan like a REAL Spurs fan. I do like them as a London team and enjoyed the chance to see Kane play.

He will be Sir Harry Kane someday, I'm sure.

My Five Year Authoring Anniversary

...However (and as some of you already know), I'm a bit old-fashioned: I never really feel it's a true book unless... it's a BOOOOOK...

That First Day Of Classes

Following on from yesterday's post (on the short story I'm writing, Conventions, and Amazon's samples), I thought I would link to Amazon Kindle samples of my earlier novels as well. Doing so makes sense. After all, these are where it all began for me. If you are a new follower, I know I have not …

Our World According To Travel Posters

As a writer, words mean a lot to me; but often artwork can tell a convincing story too, of course. Over on Pinterest, I've found some links to "vintage" travel posters, and given you're here I thought you might get a smile out of them. It can be fun reflecting upon how destinations have long …

Arriving From Abroad, And Seeing The Oscars

[Waves.] Hello from upstate New York - about three hours' drive north of Manhattan - in the Catskills. We've made it!: And what a strange winter this is: last day of February and there's almost no snow. And I mean NONE. Natural snow has been so rare since December, the ski resorts have all had …

Am I “Feared” Like J.K. Rowling?

Scrolling Twitter briefly last night, I happened to see a tweet from someone I follow, and who follows me back. It was harmless stuff about a Fox News host. Vaguely wanting to see if the host had responded, I clicked on the name of that relatively well-known news personality who had been @'d in the …

“America? Nope, never heard of it.”

Recently, the BBC was out and about, questioning people in London, India, and Singapore: A practical point: the BBC's social media linkage there is useless. I can't see how to link directly to that update (for your ease in accessing it). The "Share" facility for some dopey reason takes one only to the entire page, …

Land Of The Free, Home Of The Sweatpants

What one learns. Did you know that dressing like a rumpled mess is a sign of "freedom" and a declaration of one's "Americanness?" Neither did I until now: The writer states she doesn't see dressing "casual" as being the opposite of "formal." Rather, it's the opposite of "confined." She also asserts: To dress casual is …

Spinning Out Of Control

I'm sure some of you reading this were born in the late 1980s and 1990s. The era of which I write about in the novels is therefore in a real sense "history" to you. It pre-dates either your consciousness of the wider world.... or even your birth itself! 😉 It's trite to point out that …

Coming Tomorrow!

Happy Sunday. I'm having a rest today. So no profound, thought-provoking travel, expat or literary blog post. Sorry. While "relaxing," I should finish The Winds of War.... TODAY! I merely want here to offer a coming attraction: I want to invite you. While certainly in line with what this blog revolves around overall, tomorrow - …

No Plans To Evacuate (At This Time)

In 2006, the U.S. State Department helped organize a mass evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon during the Hezbollah-Israel war. However, currently, there seems no similar urgency on the part of the U.S. to evacuate a far smaller number of U.S. citizens from Yemen. Lawsuits have even been filed challenging the government's not doing so. …

Our Warmest (And Coolest) Feelings: 25 Countries

USA Today tweeted this yesterday: I enjoy polls such as that one. And that one makes for something of a change too. Usually it's about who hates us. 😉 Back in September, shortly after the poll was originally released, the Vox site elaborated: Seems those attracting the "warmest" feelings are those we would have expected. …

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