Monthly Archives: March 2016

Channeling Botticelli

Simonetta Cantaneo de Candia Vespucci- (1453 – 1476) The face of the Italian Renaissance . La bella Simonetta looking to the distant not at me at the London National Gallery Born in that stern Ligurian region up above the sea … Continue reading

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March 17 – St. Pat’s and Italian Unification Day

Giuseppe Garibaldi (Wikipedia) Yes, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. And a happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! But March 17 is also the birthday of Italian unification. Italy as a nation will be 155 years old on March 17th. June … Continue reading

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The Good German of Nanking

So you’re a middle-aged German business man, working for Siemens A.G. in Nanking, China in 1938.  You’re a member in good standing of the Nazi Party (though you haven’t lived in Germany for almost 30 years) and you begin to … Continue reading

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The Ninth Legion, Hadrian’s Wall and the Division of Britain

It is the year 120 A.D., the Romans are in southern Britain and Hadrian is Emperor in far away Rome.  The Romans first came to Britain with Julius Caesar, came back again during the reign of Claudius and now one … Continue reading

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The Ides of March and Moral Dilemma – A Re-Post

  Well happy Ides of March! It was on  Ides (or 15th) of March, 44  B.C. that Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Forum. The day has lived in infamy, as they say, ever since, fascinating scholars, historians and moralists. Was … Continue reading

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Surprise! Bernie Wins in Michigan

No one expected it.  All the polls had Hillary winning big time.  Like many Sanders supporters, I spent the weekend bracing myself.  And not in a good way. The most recent poll had Clinton ahead by 27 points. The RealClearPolitics … Continue reading

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The Destruction of the Aral Sea

Once upon a time when I was a young man in 1960 there was a lake – one of the four largest bodies of fresh water on earth. It was so large it was called a “sea” – the Aral … Continue reading

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We Might Have Gone to England

A Promise I Didn’t Keep – Carpe diem! We might have gone to England British Air in business class spent Summer time in Westminster placed flowers at the cenotaph. . Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Cotswolds, Stratford, see King Lear You … Continue reading

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Bar Tender

She had Susan Haywood’s hair no longer in Vogue, tight jeans and spike heeled boots the sculptor’s deft touch to hip and breast. . While reaching high for a glass a tattoo above her waist, the rest hidden under her … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis?

Therefore we commit his body to the ground earth to earth ashes to ashes dust to dust And his tears fell like the rain as he embraced his wife and younger son touching his lips to the casket of his … Continue reading

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