Boxing Day 2021 (U.S. Style)

Boxing Day 2021 (U.S. Style)

I am now sitting here finishing my coffee. My wife is having a "lie in." My father and my sister are well. We may not have wanted to stay a few extra days, but my dad is now 80 and when one reaches that age you never know what might happen....

London To Rural New York

London To Rural New York

Surprise from the United States...

State And Church In The USA (Yet Another Subject That Needs To Be Better Taught In School)

State And Church In The USA (Yet Another Subject That Needs To Be Better Taught In School)

She reminds me of former students of mine who saw something they did not like and were glibly sure they had an "easy" answer. (Because, you know, no one ever considered THEIR idea before, right?)

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

“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.

Publishers: Between A Rock And Another Rock

Publishers: Between A Rock And Another Rock

We need to bear in mind that even lying ugly treatises teach us something. If we are to try to understand those who think such ways, we need to read what they write.

Guns, Guns, Guns

Guns, Guns, Guns

George Floyd was not shot by police, yet he was killed as he was largely because of how US policing has mis-developed...

The January 6th Insurrection

The January 6th Insurrection

He summoned up a mob to invade the Capitol in looking somehow to disrupt the final congressional certification of the November 3 election of his successor.

This Winter Of Disarray

This Winter Of Disarray

What the hell has happened? Many in the country are clearly fearful of innovation, fearful of the future, indeed seemingly fearful of EVERYTHING they do not immediately understand.

The (Endlessly Evolving) American

The (Endlessly Evolving) American

We have always had trouble defining with precision what makes an American; but that is actually not a bad thing because that creates a flexibility about boundaries and allows the identity more easily to evolve.

Hurdles Of Pandemic Travel

Hurdles Of Pandemic Travel

Hello! I know I have been quiet this past week. Let me explain: We are in New York, in the Catskills, at our house here, and have just completed a "mini-quarantine" under New York anti-Covid guidelines for arriving travelers.

Half A Decade Ago

Half A Decade Ago

I took a moment to be alone with her: I kissed her now lifeless forehead, and paused as I thought briefly on how while her troubles were mercifully over our lives going forward would never be the same...

Letter To My Republican Friends

Letter To My Republican Friends

I voted for her in 2016. I did so because she was much more experienced and competent than him. And I feel 2020 has PROVEN that to be correct.

The Land Of The Overpoliced

The Land Of The Overpoliced

"I have to tell you, sir, you are in violation of the 'Freedom To Walk Ordinance.' You crossed there with your dog and today is a Tuesday. Is your dog tagged, by the way?"

A Taste Of 20th Century Living

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."

Why Americans Don’t “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”

Why Americans Don’t “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”

"Remember, Remember the 5th of November" now means - thankfully - nothing in the United States.