The First Five

The First Five

Let's have a brief look back at each of the first five U.S. presidents...

“Biden For America”

“Biden For America”

There is no reasonable doubt whatsoever that U.S. voters want Joe Biden to become president, and from today he shall be for four years...

If You Are Younger Than About 35…

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.

Confidential Email (Again) To A Friend

Confidential Email (Again) To A Friend

I thought I'd write back after your last missive, because I have to ask: Are you kidding? You must have been drunk. Or have they put something in the water in Vermont?

This Fourth

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.

In A Horrible National Place

In A Horrible National Place

I have not been this depressed since the afternoon of September 11, 2001; and I know I am not alone in that.

The Americans In The Shires

The Americans In The Shires

"What do you think of Meghan?" I was recently asked by a woman barber. "She's a harmless actor now playing the role of a lifetime," I chuckled...

The Dangers Of Literature

The Dangers Of Literature

Flying within the US, that classic novel got me, uh, "in trouble" - twice.

From Yellowstone

From Yellowstone

The real reason we are here in the US: my niece and nephew wanted to go to Yellowstone Park. Months ago, we said, “Sure.”

On This Fourth Of July 2019

On This Fourth Of July 2019

To my fellow Americans, wherever you are in the world, Happy Independence Day. 🙂

Madison’s USA Eludes Paris NPR Reporter

Madison’s USA Eludes Paris NPR Reporter

Hello from rural Pennsylvania! On Saturday we flew over to the US as you saw yesterday if you follow me on Instagram. In explaining, I had a bit of "1700s" fun in describing the journey in the English of that era: We're here mostly to see my father and to spend time in the Catskills. [...]

After Eight Years Of Quiet…

After Eight Years Of Quiet…

I've written before that this is not a politics site and that I will not push my personal political opinions at you. You don't care about what I think and I don't blame you. My views aren't important. However, sometimes politics must come up when addressing certain issues. And it may be unavoidable to touch [...]

Inauguration Day (30 April 1789)

Inauguration Day (30 April 1789)

Recently elected President George Washington - the first president under the then just ratified Constitution (under which the U.S. government still operates) - delivered his inaugural address in New York City on April 30, 1789. The text is eight - that's right, only eight - pages long and is in his handwriting. Held at the [...]

History: Unfollowed

History: Unfollowed

Ah, Monday morning: And less than two weeks before the inauguration of a new U.S. president who has not exactly charmed half the people in the country, we need this? Yesterday, History on Instagram shared some "history" with us. Good grief. First, nothing in that History Insta-caption above is outright false. However, it is an [...]

As Decided In Philadelphia

As Decided In Philadelphia

Well, my absentee ballot has arrived here in Britain. The election is almost upon us. I vote in New York state, in the 19th congressional district, which is located upstate partly in the Catskills where our house is: Let me offer a quick explanation of that ballot because this fact might baffle some people. The [...]