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On Boundaries and Borders

Coming from an immigrant background where all four of my grandparents came straight off the boat to America, I understand a bit about boundaries and borders. As they say, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Without fences, there’s chaos, but even with fences, there are always exceptions to the rule. You see, back then, in the…

It’s My Birthday!

May Day signals my birthday, a day to rejoice, to be present and alive on Planet Earth. Opportunities to make a difference and an impact surround me. What a blessing! I’m taking it easy, accomplishing some work, and “watching the paint dry”— or the paint peel— as may be closer to the truth. Just coming…

Small-Town Joys

So here I am in the middle of nowhere. Really. What I would generally consider a small town would be a big town in comparison to this. The big town in the environs boasts about 1,000 inhabitants. Just to give you a frame of reference and let you know: I’m not making this up. It’s…

Are Shiny Shoes Passé?

Do you shine your shoes on a regular basis? Do you have your shoes buffed regularly by a shoe-shiner? I must admit, I have never been to a professional. My shining experiences are limited to: 1) me shining my own shoes at home; 2) me placing my shoes outside my hotel room door to be…

Great Homes You Need to Experience One Day

So many properties could call your name one day: might be a beach cabin or an expansive family home with all the bells and whistles. I tend to imagine great homes in terms of geographical stereotypes summoning me…. A Parisian pied-a-terre, full of swirly, curly antique furniture or even modern, geometric pieces against a backdrop…

Dasvidanya, Russian Diplomats!

And so, President Trump acted on the NSA’s advice to expel from the United States sixty-some Russian diplomats, giving them a few days to get up and get out. Dasvidanya. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Personally, I think this makes for an interesting study. Here is Donald Trump, a businessman,…

Avoiding Hotel Room Germs

Spring is upon us and there’s travel, travel everywhere. Here are more spring break tips. Hand sanitizers are helpful when embarking on a trip, but toss a package of the disinfecting wipes in your bag, as well. And even though this is your family’s time to kick back and relax, enlist all of them in…

Do-It-Yourself MacGyver Mania

Do you remember that 1980s TV series, “MacGyver”? You know, the young guy who worked for the Phoenix Foundation, helping his country and his friends get out of sticky situations? He often employed ingenious inventions created out of practically nothing as he raced against the clock… or a ticking time bomb…. He reminds me a…

Spring Break and Mistakes Not to Make

Spring vacations are already underway and are due to peak in a couple of weeks during mid-March, continuing through early April. Children generally receive time off from school close to the Easter holidays and college students a bit earlier. The college crowd has made Orlando, Florida, the top spring break destination in the US, and…

The Russians Go Soft Over Snow

Russia is facing a lot these days. Banned from the Seoul Olympics and an already-hotly contested national election on its way in another month, things are not great in the dead of Russian winter. I mean, if President Putin could supposedly tamper with the US elections, is there any doubt about him doing the same…