Thirty years ago today, Pan Am 103, a Boeing 747 that departed Heathrow for JFK, was blown up at just after 7pm while at 31,000 feet over Scotland.
October 12, 2015: A black day I’ll never forget.
Many of you have heard of the Confederate statue tumult in the U.S. The American Civil War, which ended in 1865 with the total defeat of the Confederate southern states, remains difficult […]
Part of a personal experience of mine, placed in September 1994 for fictional purposes: That indoor observation deck was indeed superb. (I’m a bit better with heights now than I was then. […]
Dear ________, I know we have not seen each other in over 20 years. That last time, we hadn’t really thought it was goodbye forever, it just sort of turned out that […]
I wanted to share some U.S. Mother’s Day personal thoughts here – two days early. I choose to do that because, well, this is the first year my mother will not be […]
Whew. Done. We’re entirely moved out of the Trowbridge house. Our UK worldly possessions are now mostly in a storage facility near Bristol. (Where we had thought we would be moving. We […]
Originally posted on R. J. Nello:
I’ve always been fond of this photo I’d taken in 1991. Since September 11, 2001, it has come to mean even more to me. I used…
If you are partly “Italian-American” (as I am), and that ancestry stems from you being a product of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. between about 1870-1914 (as I am), it’s likely […]
July 7, 2005 was like any other normal day. A few days a week I took public transportation – either overground train, or tube – to my university office in north London […]
Following the murders of nine African-American churchgoers in South Carolina, old social media photographs of the white supremacist arrested for it naturally surfaced almost immediately. In one, he’s wearing jacket patches of […]
Most weekends I don’t do much original writing. I try to confine it to the “work week.” Weekends I usually aim to take a break (aside from my journal here). In recent […]
I’ve spent much of the last 25 years often as the (only) American in the room – be it with family, friends, or workplace colleagues. As you know if you visit here […]
In having posted back on Wednesday about those “ghosts” in our lives, one aspect of remembering deserves expanding: it is, we know, music. It stays with us. In many respects, our lives’ passage […]
It’s a beautiful late afternoon now after a snowy, cloudy start here in La Clusaz, France – about an hour’s drive from Geneva, where we’d landed yesterday afternoon: Where we’re staying…. the […]