John H. Rydzewski
I never understood Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge or what was happening in that part of the world in the 1970s and early 1980s, but now looking back on it all, it had to have been bad if a Cambodian girl was escaping to my rural hometown of Massena, New York.
An Amateur’s trek to Sandakphu
Dr. Saubhik Ghosh
Rudra asked me if I had a raincoat, just then it occurred to me that I’ve made the biggest blunder. I forgot to carry a raincoat in the Himalayas ...
Cesky Krumlov: The Real Bohemia
John M. Edwards
On my first visit to communist Czechoslovakia in 1989, I drove to the legendary Bohemian locus of magnetic Cesky Krumlov...
It doesn’t take long to get acclimated to a new city. A good map, and plenty of patience can get you anywhere you want to go. Most first time visitors to Italy end up defaulting to the most popular of choices, the “Holy Trinity” of itineraries ...
Tobacco, Booze & Firearms
- An American Love Story
In the midst of the furious debate on gun violence in America following the Newtown massacre, this space has dedicated over 2,000 words to the silly idea of trying to regulate human behavior and ignore the very core of the American psyche; the gun
Reality Check - Readers Letters
to James Campion Jan/13
The big dolphins of the Democratic administration are circling round-and-round the ever-shrinking mass of Republican sardines, compacting them into a hard core of bait and swimming through to devour it at their leisure.
The American Experiment
Every second the American Experiment remains in motion human nature is on trial.
The Spanish Monarchy 2013
The King of Spain is important to the stability of the country. A few years before Generalissimo Franco died his technocratic government devised a program to transfer power in the smoothest possible way without causing immediate political upheaval
A Once in a Lifetime Trip
It was a simple reminder with such powerful overtones. It was dark. It was tragic. It was something that safe North Americans should experience.
Beyond the lecturn:
20 Countries in 2012
Dr. Ed Lynch, Hollins University
A unique set of circumstances permitted me, a college professor, normally as stationary profession, to visit 20 different countries in a single year
Flashbacks, Fear, and Flamingos
It’s the summer of 1987. We are on a family vacation in Wisconsin Dells. My little brother Jay, who is only six, is beside my parents’ boat, or Mercury Grand Marquis, bawling—his tears full of fear.
Dinner in Rome: Finding Gino's
Cramped in a one hundred year-old pasticceria along a narrow section of the Via del Portoghesi, my cappuccino has just arrived. As has my chocolate tartufo: a heavenly, over-priced flaky, truffle croissant worth every Euro.